– mmmmmm –
the perfect holiday indulgence. A rare and special treat back when I was a kid, my young seem to think it’s their daily entitlement. Inspired by internet photos, and a little bit of annoyance at the constant concoction chaos, I organized our first Hot Chocolate Bar. A fair number of kids have already bellied up, and I’m thinking this might leap straight from “first annual” to “annual tradition.”
These are the four essentials:
Obviously a collection of holiday mugs would be appropriate, but these generously sized ones work well for us. A mug tree saves space and offers visual height, but a row of hooks or a vintage bottle rack would have worked, too.
Choose your favorite and pour it in a nice, large container. You could offer a variety of flavors, if desired.
I couldn't resist these obnoxiously jumbo marshmallows (limit 1 per mug, of course).
Candy Canes are a must!
I put peppermint syrup in this Italian bottle for easy pouring.
I swore I’d never surrender to a Made in China vintage-inspired piece of décor, but this little crate from Home Goods was just dying to reign in all our sprinkles.
I swiped this chalkboard design right off Pinterest and used Chalk Ink – absolutely love that stuff – to create it.
Fresh greens, festive napkins, and even a Santa or Snowman would round out the décor.
I think I’ll expand my Hot Cocoa Bar to a full blown dessert station on Christmas Eve. Cookies and pies on tiered platters will surely distract little believers who can’t get their minds off Santa – and maybe the big believers, too!