Thursday, December 7, 2017

Winter Hot Cocoa Bar

There aren't too many things I like about Winter.  At all.  BUT, I do love me some hot chocolate and apparently we all do! Take a look at these fun ideas for creating your own cocoa bar.

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  I don't have a lot of space to set up a designated hot chocolate bar so creating a small, 'mobile' one was a good solution.

A wooden cigar box, one of many scored for 25 cents each at a yard sale makes a great container.  The metal tins were left 'as is' but dressed up a little with some yellow pom poms. A few coats of glossy yellow spray paint and it was ready to go. Since this will mainly be in the kitchen I used my colors of yellow, red, teal, white and black.

The diamond pattern paper mimics my floor so that was perfect to line the lid of the box.

I purchased the hot cocoa, tiny spoons, cups and little milk bottles all at the dollar store.  The bottles didn't have lids so I decided to make some.

These work really well to protect my 'toppings' of chocolate chips, marshmallows, peppermint sticks and peppermint bark.
The labels for the bottles are Formica sample chips, painted black. Using a chalk paint pen I added the words. You could also just use chalk so you can change up the labels.  
I thought it would be fun to add a little sign.  I like little signs. And fun quotes. 
A nice, hot cup of 'dressed up' cocoa can certainly go a long way toward making me feel a little better about winter!

Did you know you can freeze whipped cream and then use cookie cutters to make fun shapes?
Simply spread your whipped cream on a non-stick silicone sheet and freeze.  Thaw slightly and then cut out shapes with a cookie cutter.  You can store these back in the freezer until you're ready to serve them!  I made up a bunch and have them in zip lock bags in the freezer, ready to pull out when I want them.
Be sure to visit our fellow 12 Days of Christmas Bloggers below for even more creative ideas this holiday season!
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  1. Hi Lauren great post. Thankyou for all the wonderful links 💋

  2. This is an adorable way to create a hot cocoa bar for limited space! Love the use of old cigar boxes!

  3. I better get my Hot Chocolate Bar together

  4. Your hot cocoa bar is so adorable, Lauren! You're so creative and the paper inside the box looks great with your floor.

  5. mmmmm- woke up to some snow this morning and hot chocolate just might be on the agenda for tonight. I deserve it after doing all the Christmas decorating this afternoon (maybe even with just a wee little drop o' Irish Cream in it). Love your chocolate bar!

  6. This post has inspired me to drink hot chocolate! Now I'm off to check the other cocoa bars.

  7. Oh my goodness, you killed it with this little hot cocoa bar Lauren! So many great ideas packed into that little area! I love the paper lids and what a great idea to use Formica samples for your tags! And frozen whipped cream stars??!! I am definitely going to make some frozen whipped cream shapes to have at Christmas for the hot cocoa bar!


  8. This is wonderful with everything tucked into the case. Its both fun and practical. Very very nice.

  9. Lauren, what a wonderful idea to freeze whipped cream & make shapes! Never heard of that idea, but I love it! Love the sign too! Chocolate is definitely the answer!


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