Hi friends! Did you know that tomorrow is National Cocoa Day? Yep, it sure is. Each year, on December 13th, cocoa is celebrated. Who knew? Anywho, I’m kinda excited about it. I love hot cocoa! And what better way to celebrate National Cocoa Day than to set up a Hot Chocolate Bar! I plan to do this at work for my staff. Shhh, don’t tell them…it’s a surprise. 😉
I’m pretty sure there is a National Day for just about everything. Wouldn’t you say? If you’d like to see all the different National Days you can check that out [HERE]. I will pretty much bettcha there is something to celebrate Every. Single. Day.
Today, I’ll be sharing some inspiration from a few talented ladies that have set up some pretty awesome hot chocolate bars.
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How to Set Up a Hot Chocolate Bar
Setting up a hot chocolate bar is so much fun! There are so many different things you can do, depending on the look you are going for. I’m going to focus on a Christmas theme, since ’tis the season. But, I’ve also set up hot chocolate bars for baby showers and birthday parties.
First, you’ll want to find an area to set up your hot chocolate bar. You can use a counter top, table, buffet, bar, or any other surface. Even a tiered tray would work, if your space is limited. If the space allows, you can throw down a white table cloth or some burlap and decorate with some seasonal decor.
These ladies below did a beautiful job setting up their hot cocoa bar! Their pics are sure to give you some inspo.
This cute Hot Chocolate sign below is for sale on Etsy by my sweet friend Kari. She is so talented and has some of the cutest signs in her Etsy shop.
The Hot Chocolate
You have several options for the hot chocolate. You can use the instant packs, but you will need to have access to boiling water. I’ve used the Hot Chocolate k-cups at parties before and they are actually pretty tasty. And there is always the option to make homemade hot chocolate (which is the yummiest).
There are soooo many toppings that you can add to your hot chocolate. I think this is the part that makes the hot chocolate bar so much fun. I’ve included a list of a few goodies you can add to make your hot chocolate scrumptious:
- Whipped Cream
- Mini Marshmallows
- Chocolate Syrup
- Caramel Syrup
- Crushed Peppermint
- Peppermint Sticks
- Crushed Andes Mints
- Dark Chocolate Chips
- White Chocolate Chips
You can place your toppings in mini glass jars. A good place to pick these up is the Dollar Tree. You may want to dress them up a little with some red and white twine and printables. You can also use chalkboard stickers and a chalk pen to label your toppings.
There is something so comforting about a cup of hot chocolate on a cold December day. So go ahead a grab yourself a cup and let me know what your favorite toppings are. Use the hashtag #NationalCocoaDay when you post on social media so we can all see how yummy it looks.
Stay warm and cozy my friends! xoxo