If you went on the virtual tour of my home, you probably noticed the hot cocoa bar I set up in our dining room:
I put the bar together for the photos and not an actual party but I wanted to share some hot cocoa bar ideas with you today in case you're entertaining friends and family this year and would like to set one up yourself.
In addition to the star of the bar (the hot cocoa), I included some simple toppings/mix-ins:
- Toffee bits
- Mini marshmallows (jumbo sized ones would be fun to include too!)
- Mini chocolate chips
- Crushed candy cane pieces
Other topping ideas include:
- Andes mints
- Caramels or caramel sauce
- Chocolate sauce
- Cinnamon candies
- Chopped nuts (make sure no one is allergic!)
- Crushed graham cracker pieces
I also stuffed some plastic baggie lined Santa boot ornaments with some sweet treats:
- Chocolate fudge filled Pirouette cookies (shown above)
- Chocolate covered pretzels with a white chocolate drizzle
I wanted to include some mini cheesecake bites and some cookies as well but our console table wasn't large enough to fit everything so I set out a tray of cookies and candy canes on our bar instead:
Other sweet treat ideas include:
- Chocolate covered cherries or strawberries
- Holiday themed puppy chow
- Jumbo marshmallows (as-is or dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with candy cane pieces, toffee bits, sprinkles, etc.)
- Peppermint bark
I used plain white dishes to display our offerings and I varied the heights of the bowls by placing two of them in the bottom half of gift boxes and one of them on a wooden cutting board.
I kept the decor simple since my table was on the smaller side and I didn't want things to get too cluttered. If I was working with a larger table, I probably would have scattered some ornaments or faux snow around the dishes.
I didn't include any labels on anything because A) our hot cocoa bar wasn't set up for a real party and B) I felt like it was easy to decipher what things were just by looking at them.
If you're setting up a hot cocoa bar for a real party, you may want to label things so your guests can help themselves to their own cup of cheer without having to find you first to ask questions about what something is!
Fun tip: display suggested recipe cards that describe your favorite hot cocoa concoctions! Print a few extras to send home with your guests so they can recreate them later :)
If you're having an adults only party, turn your hot cocoa bar into a real bar by offering some alcoholic mix-ins like:
- Bailey's Irish Creme
- Grand Marnier
- Peppermint Schnapps
Don't forget the whipped cream! :)
What would you include in your hot cocoa?
I'm sharing this project at Inspired By Charm's Colorful Christmas Party!