This easy DIY hot cocoa bar is such a fun way to celebrate the holidays, Christmas, or a winter birthday party! This hot chocolate bar will make any get together so much fun and will entertain your guests. Add in some candy, marshmallows and candy canes to make it festive!
I’m so excited to share with you how to setup an easy DIY hot cocoa bar today! Hot chocolate has always been a favorite in our home during fall & winter. When you add in some delicious hot chocolate bar toppings it turns into a DIY hot chocolate bar that everyone can enjoy!
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My daughter has a December birthday and has had a few winter themed birthdays, like her winter onederland party that I created for her first birthday a few years ago! I loved creating a menu with breakfast items and winter treats. I created a hot chocolate bar for her party that everyone enjoyed!
Our inspiration image comes from Pen + Paper Flowers, with this beautiful hot chocolate bar complete with a beautiful sign. I love how festive she made her hot chocolate bar!
Let’s take a look at my version of a hot cocoa bar, and the elements that I used to create it!
How to setup an easy DIY hot cocoa bar
First I took some inventory of what I already had on hand that I could use to display this hot cocoa bar and make it easy for my guests to use it. This will help you save money by using what you already have!
I started with this tiered cake stand that I picked up from the Hearth and Hand Magnolia line at Target. This is the perfect item to use for entertaining! I displayed some wood vases, little Christmas bottle brush tree, and a hot cocoa sign I picked up from Target in the dollar spot / bullseye playground.
The containers of sprinkles I already had on hand from a cookie decorating kit, and they are perfect for sprinkling on top of your hot cocoa! I grabbed some candy canes that can be used for stir sticks and stuck them in a glass jar that I already had in my pantry. Adding fun hot cocoa bar toppings makes it fun for your guests.
I’ve been a glass jar hoarder for quite some time. I use them all over my house for different uses, and they came in handy for my hot chocolate bar items! I used some ball canning jars and other assorted jars to store Andies mints, chocolate chips, marshmallows, and this homemade 4-ingredient DIY hot cocoa mix.
Homemade DIY hot cocoa mix recipe:
- 3 cups milk powder
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
I combined all the ingredients together in my magic bullet to combine the ingredients so it became a fine powder. This will ensure that the mix will dissolve nicely when mixed with hot water. When I’m ready to host my party I can simply set out a pitcher with hot water for my guests to add to their homemade hot chocolate mix!
I love how this recipe is free from artificial ingredients, and you can store it in your pantry for up to a year! I first saw this recipe on An Oregon Cottage!
Hot Chocolate Bar Supplies
Now I’ll show you where I found my hot chocolate bar supplies. For instance, these adorable white Santa mugs were a Walmart find and were so budget friendly! For only $3 each they are perfect for a Christmas hot cocoa bar during a holiday party. I placed them on a white cake stand to give them some height and visual interest.
Some of my Christmas decor I’ve collected over the years like the faux trees on each end of the buffet. This year I added a $3 faux wreath I found at a local thrift store and some brass bells from Home Goods. I found these little mini green trees from Target, and these cute little bottlebrush trees were from the Dollar Spot at Target.
I’m so happy with how my DIY hot cocoa bar turned out! This Christmas hot chocolate bar is the perfect festive way to decorate for a Christmas party! It doubles as both a festive decoration and as a way to serve your guests some Christmas treats to celebrate the holidays.
Make sure to head over and take a look at the other participants in our Pinterest Challenge below to get some hot cocoa bar ideas: