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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Simple Farmhouse Clay Ornaments

Farmhouse Clay Ornaments

Simple Farmhouse Clay Ornaments
Farmhouse Clay Ornaments

 

These simple farmhouse Christmas clay ornaments are super easy to make. You just need oven bake clay or air dry clay, ribbon, letter stamps and black paint. Or you can use a paint marker and write your own lettering on. Below I have a video tutorial showing you exactly how I made these.

Supplies
Sculpey Oven-bake Clay – White
Ribbon
Circle Cookie Cutter
Letter Stamps
Black Acyrlic Paint

Directions:
1. Knead clay according to package directions.
2. Roll out clay and cut out circle shapes with circle cookie cutter.
3. Stamp wording with letter stamps
4. Make a small hole about 1/8″ from top of clay circle. Make the hole large enough to thread ribbon through for hanging.
5. Place on baking sheet and bake according to package directions. If you use air dry clay then baking will not be required.
6. Once ornaments have baked take black paint and paint in the letters. If you prefer to use paint markers or a sharpie then you can but make sure it has a fine tip.
7. Thread ribbon through.
8. Hang on Christmas tree or package and enjoy!

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DIY Santa’s Magic Key Poem & Magic Reindeer Food

Santa's Magic Key and Magic Reindeer Food

DIY Santa’s Magic Key Poem & Magic Reindeer Food
Santa's Magic Key and Magic Reindeer Food

The DIY Santa’s magic key poem and magic reindeer food are very easy and  a fun craft for kids to do this Christmas season. This really is an easy craft and the perfect way to get the kids a little extra excited on Christmas Eve.

If you do not have a chimney and your kids are concerned about how Santa is going to deliver their presents then Santa’s magic key is the perfect craft for you! Hang the magic key poem tag and key on the Christmas tree and then on Christmas Eve hang it on the door knob or somewhere Santa will see the key.

Santa's Magic Key Poem

DIY Santa’s Magic Key
Supplies:
Santa’s Magic Key Poem
Magic Key Poem Backside
Decorative key
Ribbon
Bell
Scissors
Glue
Hole punch

Directions: (Watch video below)
Cut out the Santa’s Magic Key poem and the backside for the poem.
Glue the poem to the backside with glue stick and punch a hole at the top of poem tag.
Tie a ribbon to the poem tag through the punched hole to use for hanging the poem tag.
Use ribbon to string the bell and key and tie to the poem through the punched hole.
Hang on your Christmas tree until Christmas Eve, then hang the poem tag to your front door or somewhere that Santa can get the magic key.

Also, you can’t forget about Santa’s reindeer. On Christmas Eve just sprinkle the magic reindeer food on your lawn to give Santa’s reindeer a little snack to help keep their energy up while they deliver all the presents to all the girls and boys.

Magic Reindeer Food

DIY Magic Reindeer Food
Supplies:
Magic Reindeer Food Tags Printout
Ribbon
Bell
Container (Glass tube, plastic bag, etc)
Rolled Oats
Sugar Crystals
Sprinkles

Directions: (Watch video below)
Print and cut out magic reindeer food tags
Punch a hole on tag
Mix together rolled oats, sugar crystals and sprinkles. You do not need to measure at all, just use as much or as little as you want.
String ribbon through the punched hole on tag and tie around your container.

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20 Teen Guy Stocking Stuffers

20 Teen Guy Stocking Stuffers
We all get a little stumped on what to put in stockings, so here is a list of 20 stocking stuffer ideas for a teen guy.

1. Rubix Cube

2. Scalp Massager

3. Popsocket

4. Grandpa Beck’s Cover Your Assets Card Game

6. Cologne
7. Deodorant
8. Socks
9. Beef Jerky

10. Bike Wheel Lights

11. Brain Teaser Puzzle Set

12. Timex Watch

13. Earbuds

14. Favorite fast food gift certificate
15. Movie passes
16. iTunes gift certificate

17. Leather Cuffs

18. Phone Case
19. Favorite sports team items: keychain, pens, etc.
20. Gaming gift cards

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DIY Farmhouse Christmas Reverse Canvas Sign

Reverse canvas Christmas sign

Learn how to make a DIY Farmhouse Christmas Reverse Canvas Sign with fairy lights in today’s video.

Reverse canvas Christmas sign

Supplies
10×10 Canvas
Brown Paint
White Paint
Black Paint
Baby Wipes
Fairy Lights
Silhouette Cameo
Oramask 813


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