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How To Setup An Easy DIY Hot Cocoa Bar

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!

Learn how to create this easy DIY hot cocoa bar for your next holiday party, Christmas party, or winter birthday party! from A Heart Filled Home

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!

This month I am joining up with some of my blogger friends for a Hot Cocoa Bar Pinterest Challenge hosted by Cindy at County Road 407. If you’ve come over from Everyday Edits, welcome!

Pinterest Challenge

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!

Hot Cocoa 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.

Learn how to create this easy DIY hot cocoa bar for your next holiday party, Christmas party, or winter birthday party! from A Heart Filled Home
Learn how to create this easy DIY hot cocoa bar for your next holiday party, Christmas party, or winter birthday party! from A Heart Filled Home

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!

Learn how to create this easy DIY hot cocoa bar for your next holiday party, Christmas party, or winter birthday party! from A Heart Filled Home
Learn how to create this easy DIY hot cocoa bar for your next holiday party, Christmas party, or winter birthday party! from A Heart Filled Home

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.

Learn how to create this easy DIY hot cocoa bar for your next holiday party, Christmas party, or winter birthday party! from A Heart Filled Home
Learn how to create this easy DIY hot cocoa bar for your next holiday party, Christmas party, or winter birthday party! from A Heart Filled Home
Learn how to create this easy DIY hot cocoa bar for your next holiday party, Christmas party, or winter birthday party! from A Heart Filled Home
Learn how to create this easy DIY hot cocoa bar for your next holiday party, Christmas party, or winter birthday party! from A Heart Filled Home
Learn how to create this easy DIY hot cocoa bar for your next holiday party, Christmas party, or winter birthday party! from A Heart Filled Home
Learn how to create this easy DIY hot cocoa bar for your next holiday party, Christmas party, or winter birthday party! from A Heart Filled Home
Learn how to create this easy DIY hot cocoa bar for your next holiday party, Christmas party, or winter birthday party! from A Heart Filled Home
Learn how to create this easy DIY hot cocoa bar for your next holiday party, Christmas party, or winter birthday party! from A Heart Filled Home

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:

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Thanks for reading, friends! I hope you enjoyed these hot chocolate bar ideas. For more DIY inspiration and home decor ideas follow along with me on Instagram, Pinterest & Facebook!

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11 Comments

  • Reply laura@everydayedits.co November 26, 2019 at 6:37 am

    I love the signs and the white mugs! I need to step up my mug game! Everyone has such cute mugs! Visiting from Everyday Edits in Colorado! laura

  • Reply Marty November 26, 2019 at 6:59 am

    I love how you added the wreath and fun little trees to your Hot Chocolate Station. Such a great set up for everyone to create their favorite drink. I really like the added toppings too, such a great idea.

  • Reply Terrie Tipler November 26, 2019 at 8:08 am

    Leslea I love your cocoa station. Those white Santa mugs are adorable. My birthday is December 5th. Happy birthday to your daughter. It’s not always fun having a December birthday. Too many parties going on to try to fit a birthday party in the midst of things. I am sure you make it so special for her. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  • Reply Cindy@CountyRoad407 November 26, 2019 at 9:38 am

    Love how your Cocoa Bar turned out! All the greenery around the bar is my favorite part. I wish I’d had room for that. Love your mugs too. Simple and all white are right up my alley! And what a great idea for a 1 year old party. Loved seeing her monthly photos at the end. Thanks so much for joining in. Hope you have a wonderful and memorable Thanksgiving.

  • Reply Julie Briones November 26, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    Love your hot cocoa bar, Leslea, and thanks for sharing your mix recipe! Your bar looks just lovely! Pinned!

  • Reply Lora Bloomquist November 26, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    I’ve never seen all white Santa mugs like those; they’re cool! It’s so fun to see everyone’s different styles on these hops; I love the variety!

  • Reply Crissy November 26, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    This is really lovely, Leslea! I love the backdrop to your cocoa bar, and there are so many pretty elements here. That cake stand is beautiful. I need to run and get one of those! The white Santa mugs caught my eye from the get-go. I cannot believe what a score those were. Have a great Thanksgiving!

  • Reply Paula@SweetPea November 27, 2019 at 4:49 am

    Your hot cocoa bar looks wonderful, Leslea! I love the Santa mugs that you scored at Walmart. They look great with your green wreath and green trees along with your wood server. I have so much enjoyed seeing what everyone created for this Pinterest challenge!

  • Reply Laura Ingalls Gunn November 27, 2019 at 9:00 am

    I adore your display. Your white Santa mugs are darling. May you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

  • Reply Carol@BlueskyatHome November 28, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    Leslea, first, happy birthday to your daughter. I have a December “baby” too. Love how you styled your hot chocolate bar, especially the tiered tray with all the treats. The white mugs are so sweet.

  • Reply Barbara Chapman December 1, 2019 at 5:05 am

    Happy belated Thanksgiving to you, Leslea!! How exciting that your daughter will be 4 years old soon! I sometimes wish our Amy and Peter could be little again but they are 27 and 25 now, respectively. Peter and his wife Justine are expecting a little boy in early April so grandkids should take away this “problem” soon! Lol!!

    Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your hot cocoa bar and making the mix is a great idea! I’ll have to make some up as we have friends coming over for a Christmas party here on December 21st. Ugly sweaters and hot chocolate… Could anyone want for more?? ;0) Glad to be on the PC tour with you again. <3

    Enjoy your hot cocoa station! I'm sure your daughter does.
    Happy Christmas season,
    Barb 🙂

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