Hot Cocoa Bar & Coffee Bar

diy hot cocoa bar

It’s the most wonderful time of year and that means lots of hot cocoa (or hot chocolate)!  Since my teens really love hot cocoa I turned our coffee bar into a hot cocoa & coffee bar. We have the best of both worlds now. Hot chocolate bars are really easy to put together and you really do not need anything fancy.

Let’s start off with talking about cups. You will need some cups, whether they are mugs or paper cups.  Any cups will do really, but really cute festive cups will really bring your hot cocoa bar to the next level.  I’m using Rae Dunn festive mugs that I purchased from Home Goods and they had a couple different sets. If you aren’t able to find any at your local stores then they have a couple different sets on Amazon: Peace & Joy, Merry & Christmas. Or you can just go with a cute festive set. If paper cups are more your style then no worries, they have many cute and festive designs.  The snowflake cups used in my hot cocoa & coffee bar came from Hobby Lobby but I found some really cute buffalo plaid cups that read Merry Christmas.

Next you are going to need hot chocolate mix. You can go with a homemade recipe or you can go with a premade mix. You can find most premade mixes in individual packets or large containers.  Whichever way you decide to go with, the hot cocoa mix looks great stored in a large mason jar or container.

hot chocolate bar

Now let’s talk about the toppings because this is what makes your hot cocoa from special to over the top! You have so many choices when it comes to toppings. Pick a few of your favorites and put them out in small jars. You can find many containers at the dollar tree and then label them with chalkboard labels with which topping it is. Below I have listed many great topping ideas.

Hot Chocolate Toppings

  • marshmallows
  • candy canes
  • Pirouette cookies
  • whipped cream
  • mini chocolate chips
  • sprinkles
  • coarse sea salt
  • crushed peppermints
  • soft peppermint sticks
  • dark chocolate syrup
  • toffee bits
  • caramel sauce
  • cinnamon
  • white chocolate chips
  • Bailey’s or Kahlua (Adult’s Only)

Hot Cocoa Bar Sign

Every hot cocoa bar needs a great sign and the one I used can be found here in my Etsy shop. You can print the sign off in an 8×10, 11×14 or 16×20 size and then frame it. If you don’t have a hot cocoa bar sign then you can use any Winter or Christmas themed sign.

Also, think about putting out small signs or other decor that match your theme or color scheme. I think small Christmas trees like in my hot cocoa bar make it so much more festive. A cute pom pom banner or garland would like very nice as well. If you have festive flower picks, you can add those in the little nooks as an easy decorative touch.

Take a peek at the video below if you are interested in how I put my hot cocoa & coffee bar.

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Valentine Tic Tac Toe Sugar Cookies

Valentine's Cookie Ideas

Valentine Tic Tac Toe Sugar Cookies

 

If you are looking for a unique and fun Valentine for your friends and family then these Valentine tic tac toe sugar cookies will be perfect. These aren’t your usual Valentine’s gift. They are tasty and if you don’t mind playing with your food then have a fun game of tic tac toe with your loved one. 

Valentine's Cookie Ideas

Supplies
#2 Piping Tip
Coupler Set
12″ Piping Bag or 16″ Piping Bag
Wilton Mircro Heart Sprinkles
Red Sugar Crystals
Americolor Gel Paste Food Color Superblack
Mini Heart Cookie Cutter
Mini Letters (X) Cookie Cutter

Below you can find the recipes for both the sugar cookies and royal icing. Also, you can find below a video tutorial on how these were made.

Sugar Cookie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter - cold
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. 1. Pre-heat oven to 375°F.

  2. 2. Place butter and sugar in mixing bowl and cream together.

  3. 3. Mix in eggs until combined.

  4. 4. In a separate bowl mix together flour, corn starch and salt.

  5. 5. Combine flour mixture to the creamed butter mixture and beat on medium speed until dough forms and pulls away from sides of bowl.

  6. 6. Add in the vanilla extract and mix.

  7. 7. Roll dough out between 2 sheets of parchment paper to 1/4" thickness.

  8. 8. Cut out your cookies with cookies cutters or free form shapes.

  9. 8. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

  10. 9. Bake for 9-11 minutes.

  11. 10. Allow cookies to cool completely before decorating with royal icing or butter cream.

Valentine's Sugar Cookies

Royal Icing

Ingredients

  • 4 cups sifted confectioner's sugar
  • 3 tbsp meringue powder
  • 5-8 tbsp room temperature water

Instructions

  1. 1. In a large bowl mix together confectioner's sugar and meringue powder.

  2. 2. Add in water and mix with hand mixer or stand mixer with whisk attachment. Check your consistency by lifting whisk (or with a spoon) and drizzle frosting down and the frosting should smooth out within 15-20 seconds. Flood consistency is when it icing self-levels. If frosting is too thick then add in more water. If frosting is too runny then add in more confectioner's sugar.

  3. 3. If coloring icing then use gel food colors.

  4. 4. Pipe or spread on to cookies. *If layering colors or designs, after 15-30 minutes icing will have formed a crust. Royal icing will completely set in 2-4 hours. 

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3 DIY Dollar Tree Valentine Decorations & Free Printable

DIY Dollar Tree Valentine's Decor

3 DIY Dollar Tree Valentine Decorations

DIY Dollar Tree Valentine's Decor

In today’s video tutorial I am showing 3 DIY Dollar Tree Valentine’s decor projects. If you haven’t seen my previous tutorial that has 6 Valentine’s projects then you should check that one out too. Below you can find the video showing you exactly how all 3 of these adorable projects were made.

 

DIY Dollar Tree Water Color Love Sign

DIY Water Color Love Sign

Supplies:
Dollar Tree Frame
Free Water Color Love Printable – Red & White or Pink & Black

 

DIY Dollar Tree Carved CandleDIY Dollar Tree Carved Candle

Supplies:

Dollar Tree White Candle
Metallic Acrylic Paint
Ball Point Pen
Heart Template
Paint Brush

 

DIY Dollar Tree Love SignDIY Love Sign

Supplies:

Dollar Tree Sign
Grey Chalk Paint (I mixed white & black to make grey)
White Chalk Paint
Love Printable
Foam Paint Brush
Small Paint Brush
Bristle Paint Brush
Red Glitter
Mod Podge
Chalk

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DIY Dollar Tree Valentine’s Decor

DIY Valentine's Rag Wreath

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! I know there are a lot of mixed feelings about Valentine’s Day, but I think it is a great way to remind your loved ones how much they mean to you. I don’t deck my house out with tons of Valentine decor like I do for Thanksgiving and Christmas. However, I do decorate a shelf or table top. I don’t have a fireplace mantel or I would most definitely place them on top of it. 

DIY Dollar Tree Valentine's Decor

 

It isn’t a holiday that I spend a lot of money on for home decor and I wanted to do a little decorating. So I put together 6 DIY Valentine’s decor projects using Dollar Tree items. I think they all turned out great and you can’t even tell they were made using Dollar Tree items. I put together a video showing you all 6 projects and they are all super easy to make. You can find the video below the photos of the items that I created.

DIY Rag Heart Wreath (See video below for instructions

DIY Valentine's Rag Wreath

Supplies:
Dollar Tree red shirt
Hanger

 

DIY Heart Banner Frame

DIY Dollar Tree Valentine's Day Wall Art

Supplies:
Dollar Tree 8×10 Photo Frame
Dollar Tree Heart Foam Stickers
String

 

DIY Red Rose Flower Arrangement

DIY Dollar Tree Valentine's Day Rose Arrangement

DIY Dollar Tree Valentine's Day Rose Arrangement


Supplies:
Dollar Tree Red Roses
Dollar Tree Glass Heart Candle Holder
Marble Vase Filler

 

DIY Valentine’s Tree

DIY Dollar Tree Valentine's Tree


Supplies:
Tree Branches (free from your yard)
White Spray Paint
DIY Dollar Tree Heart Picks
White Ribbon
Pitcher/Vase

 

DIY White Rose Flower Arrangement

DIY Dollar Tree Valentine's Rose Arrangement


Supplies:
Dollar Tree Small Pillar Candle Holder
Dollar Tree Pink Burlap Ribbon
Dollar Tree White Roses
Strip of Red Fabric

 

DIY Heart Banner

DIY Dollar Tree Valentines Decor


Supplies:
Dollar Tree Heart Picks
White String (Embroidery Floss, Yarn, etc)
Embroidery or Yarn Needle

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DIY New Year’s Photo Booth Picture Frame

DIY New Year's Photo Booth Picture Frame

DIY NEW YEAR’S PHOTO BOOTH PICTURE FRAME

New Year’s is almost here and that means many get togethers are to be had. That also means there will be a lot of photos taken. Set up a space specifically for themed photos by hanging a back drop on the wall for the background. You can find the gold fringe back drop here. Also, gather party props such as feather boas, hats, glasses and etc. I really like the photo booth picture frames. They really bring it all together and they are really easy to make. Watch the video below to learn how to make one for your New Year’s Eve party.

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