For Christmas and through the winter, nothing gets my family more excited than setting up the hot chocolate bar and station. Enjoying hot cocoa is a fun and festive ritual. I’ve included tips and tricks to help you get one set up, along with 15 DIY ideas. Perfect for your own family, a holiday party, or even a shower or wedding!

For Christmas and through the winter, nothing gets my family more excited than setting up the hot chocolate bar and station. Enjoying hot cocoa is a fun and festive ritual. I've included tips and tricks to help you get one set up, along with 15 DIY ideas. Perfect for your own family, a holiday party, or even a shower or wedding!

 

How to Set Up a Hot Chocolate Bar

Before we get into the DIY ideas, let’s begin with the basics of how to set up a hot chocolate bar.

Location

Your hot chocolate station doesn’t have to be in the kitchen. We set up ours in a nook in the dining room. Find a space that is convenient yet out of the way from the day to day activities, especially if you are going to keep it up for a few months.

 

Theme

You can make it as simple or as elaborate as you want. We have a holiday vibe for ours, and we keep it up all winter long.

 

Tiered Tray and Other Fun Items on Etsy

 

Super Cute Sign

Hot cocoa does not need an announcement, but adding a super cute sign gives your display a fun vibe. Here are a few ideas to get you started – be creative!

 

Now Serving by Sweet Water Decor

 

 

Polar Express Printables on Etsy

 

 

Chalkboard Printable on Etsy

 

Cozy Mugs

It’s not just the coziness about drinking hot cocoa on a cold day, it’s drinking it in YOUR FAVORITE MUG. There is something so calming and serene about the ritual. The pour. The cup cuddle. The drink.

READ: 10 Best Mugs for Cozy Winter Days

 

Ingredients

You will need ingredients to make the hot chocolate, plus all of the toppings! Think marshmallows, candy canes, sprinkles, chocolate bits and more!

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Hot Chocolate

Hello, Captain Obvious! You are going to need to make some hot chocolate for your bar. It’s the star of the show. Just saying…

GET THE RECIPE: Thick and Creamy Paleo/Vegan Hot Chocolate

GET THE RECIPES: 20 Dairy Free and Vegan Hot Chocolate Recipes

 

 

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Hot Chocolate Bars and Stations

These 15 DIY stations are sooooo cute! Some go big, some are small, some are holiday-themed, some have free printables… and they are all full of fun and festive ideas!

 

Is there anything better on a cold, winter day than to curl up by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate?  This hot chocolate station is rustic and festive and is sure to warm your heart and spirit during the holidays and all winter long. #hotchocolate #pinkfortitude

Rustic and Festive by Pink Fortitude

 

 

Build Your Own by She Saved

 

 

Tablescape by Anderson Grant

 

 

Hot Cocoa Bar with Free Printables by Confessions of Parenting

 

 

Winter Sharing Board by A Food Lover’s Kitchen

 

 

With a Donut Bar by Sand and Sisal

 

 

Lots of Toppings by Chelsea’s Messy Apron

 

 

With Dollar Tree Finds by re-Fabbed

 

 

Charcuterie Board by No. 2 Pencil

 

 

Appliance Garage by Funky Junk Interiors

 

 

Buffalo Plaid by Lia Griffith

 

 

Outdoor Bar by Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

 

 

With Disco Balls by Making the World Cuter

 

 

With Printables by Crisp Collective

 

 

With Printables by The Printables Fairy

 

 

More Hot Chocolate Resources You Will Love

Thick and Creamy Paleo/Vegan Hot Chocolate

20 Dairy Free and Vegan Hot Chocolate Recipes

10 Best Mugs for Cozy Winter Days

 

For Christmas and through the winter, nothing gets my family more excited than setting up the hot chocolate bar and station. Enjoying hot cocoa is a fun and festive ritual. I've included tips and tricks to help you get one set up, along with 15 DIY ideas. Perfect for your own family, a holiday party, or even a shower or wedding!

 

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Love, hugs, and happy hot chocolate to you!

 

 

 

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