One thing I like to do when I entertain and have people over, besides feed the heck out of them, is make something a little special and fun like this hot cocoa bar. I am a big believer that when people come over,I want to make them feel right at home! I think it makes people feel more comfortable when they aren’t waiting on you and they can feel like they can help themselves. As a part of the Farmhouse holidays series, we are doing dining rooms, but I thought I would share a hot cocoa treat bar, when everyone is sitting around the dining room talking and enjoying each others company.
Welcome to my after-dinner hot cocoa bar!
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I thought some sweet things to drink and nibble on would be a great way to end a wonderful meal and fun time together.
Pretty gold spoons, glittery plates and festive mugs from Homegoods make it easy to entertain!
I am even fan of instant hot cocoa, it’s so easy to make when you use a coffee maker that instantly adds the hot water. No mess!
For richer cocoa, you can put a container of really warm milk next to it, or if your feeling daring, cream!
I keep some cream and sugar next to it in case someone would like coffee instead.
Who doesn’t love cookies and hot cocoa with fun stuff to add in?
I love putting out crushed candy canes,mini-marshmallows, dark chocolate shavings and even some toffee as different ways to flavor all that chocolatey goodness in a cup. It makes the drink it’s own dessert! Acute mini-sled from Homegoods was the perfect place to put some of the toppings.
And of course, you can’t forget a huge pile of whipped cream!
I found some yummy chocolates and Italian cookies for my cookie bar. I arranged them on vintage salad plates which are the perfect size so there’s room for multiple kinds of sweets and for people to nibble on.
I had a hard time keeping the kids away until after I was finished photographing the hot cocoa bar. They were all over the chocolate covered sandwich cookies the minute I said I was done. I love the peppermint roll cookies myself.
I also decorated the shelves above the bar for some holiday cheer. The very top shelf has some fun stuff like a owl cookie jar I bought a few years ago. I added some giant jingle bells on a cake stand, and a festive Merry Christmas sign.
I found these amazing birch star ornaments and hung them on some twine to make this adorable garland!
This copper topped cloche was the perfect way to store the extra cookies, with a sparkly star behind it! I added some cedar greenery from our yard. I LOVE the combination of copper and greenery. These were some of my favorite Homegoods finds!
Of course, these stemless wine glasses (full of wine) and a copy of my book Creatively Christmas are a great way to get in the holiday mood!
I loved this cute mini-cabin and knew it was perfect for the spot between my Cheers glasses and my vintage drink-ware.
It was really easy to put together, and even more fun to make myself a cup of hot cocoa, and have a cookie when I was finished!
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Merry Christmas sign
Moscow mule mugs
Birch star garlands
Copper topped cloche
Cheers drink glasses
Main buffet area:
Marble top cake stand
small wood sled
Set of 4 woods with deer mugs
Assorted cookies and sweets
Holiday faux greenery
Marble and wood tray