Hot Chocolate Station

I love me some good hot chocolate, especially when it’s cold outside, which seems like for ever ago here in San Diego.  I do a hot chocolate station every year at Christmas.   Even though it is usually hot outside at Christmas in San Diego we all drink it as if it is blustering outside.  Our way of making it seem like a wintery Christmas for a day.

I pretty much use what I have on hand and then embellish it with festive decorations

Hot Cocoa Bar

I also include hot apple cider in with the hot chocolate station using the mulling spices from Williams Sonoma {that stuff is the best!}. I used my sillhouette machine to make all the labels

Apple cider frame

Hot Chocolate frame


Jolly tag

Hot Cocoa Bar

I put the mugs in a tiered cupcake stand which I embellished with ribbon and bunting

Hot Cocoa Bar setup

I added fake snow to the bottom of the tiers with mini ornament lights.  I loved how the battery operated mini lights lit up wrapped around the tiers, it was so festive.

Mug display for hot cocoa

I made the mini Christmas bunting from decorative ribbon, super duper easy to do.  You just fold 1″ of ribbon in half and then cut the triangle and glue it to whatever string or ribbon you like. Quick and easy.

mini christmas bunting

What’s hot chocolate without the marshmallows?  I bought these marshmallows from Sweet Addict on Etsy and they were delicious! {I have bought a lot of candy and baked items in the past off of Etsy and have yet to be disappointed} They are in the shape of stars, and had a vanilla flavor.  I put the marshmallows in bags using clear cellophane bags and then cut white contact paper to seal the tops.   I added a strip of decorative tape to spruce them up.  Again, super easy and quick.

Hot Cocoa Bar homemade marshmallows

And to top off the yummy marshmallows, I put some mini chocolate chips and crushed peppermint candy in a cute candy cane bowl with mini spoons

Hot Cocoa Bar fixings

I purchased the white carafes at Target to hold the hot chocolate.  I like that they are white because I can dress them up for any occasion.  For the hot chocolate theme I just added red polka dot ribbon and some bakers twine

Hot chocolate station

I will be doing another hot chocolate station again this year, but I think I might change out the colors a bit.  Do you do a hot chocolate station at your house?

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  1. hey there! Happy to see your post pop up in my reader.
    I don’t remember the last time I had hot chocolate….I only like it with marshmallows.
    your station is adorable! Love all the added touches, you’re such a great hostess.

  2. Kelly @ Corner of Main says:

    I love this idea. I had some hot chocolate the other day and it was great!
    The little framed signs are really cute.

  3. This is such a fantastic idea! I am going to have to think about where I could try this in our house. You are amazing.

  4. Jill McKee says:

    You are so adorable. Your hot chocolate station is so inviting and invokes such a cozy feeling. I love it!!

  5. This is such a cute idea! If we ever have a Christmas party I’m definitely trying this!

  6. Julie@Inspired by You says:

    Your station is too cute. I have got to try it!

  7. Megan (Honey We're Home) says:

    Stephanie that is just too cool! I’m actually drinking some hot cocoa right now! And you’re giving me some ideas for this holiday season- totally pinning this! 🙂

  8. I love it! I plan on doing a scaled down version to have up all winter for guests:)

  9. Very cute!! Thanks for sharing your creativity. Another reason to have a party this season :). Question…any recs on where to find those cute mugs you have? I could use a few more…

  10. Diane Dunn says:

    What kind of hot chocolate machine is that? It looks much classier than what I have seen….

    • The big silver container is what I used for our hot apple cider. It is a Delonghi 60 cup coffee maker for ground coffee. But I put my mulling spices inside instead. You could also use it for hot chocolate to keep it warm. I just put my hot chocolate in the white carafes.

  11. Stephanie – do the carafes keep the hot chocolate warm?

  12. This is SO cute!! Pinning!

  13. If I were to use the coffee maker to keep my hot cocoa in, would it get too hot? I am trying to diy a wedding hot cocoa bar and I don’t want to scald people! Any suggestions?

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