Chocolate is Always a Good Idea
The holiday season is “s’more” about laughter and cheer and finally, it’s about time that it’s here! What’s even better than cozying up next to the fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate? Pairing it with your favorite wintery treats and building your own Dessert Bar of course! Celebrate with your loved ones and give them a cup of cheer by show off your artistic side with our Simple Step-By-Step How-To on making your very own Holiday inspired dessert bar right in the comfort of your own home.
Find a place in your home that will be best suited for setting up your DIY Hot Chocolate Bar. Make sure that there will be enough room for the hot chocolate and the cups, but also all of the toppings. We like to use three different textures that coordinate on our bar setups. For example, the fabric is one, another might be the use of wood cutting boards, and last I might use glass bowls and cake stands. We also try to have varying heights for my items. For example, place some of the toppings in boxes. Then, go around your my and gather a few holiday decoration to add in the back. Handmade signage is a great personal touch as well. Easy stuff, but we think these things make the Hot Chocolate Bar extra special.
Ideally, using mugs that you already have on hand is the easiest option. But, if you don’t have enough mugs on hand, you’ll need to buy some. One option is to head to your local thrift store for Christmas mugs. Thrift stores usually have TONS of mugs and having an assortment of different mugs can add a fun look to your table. If you’d rather not mess with glass mugs, or you’re going to be serving a large group, disposable coffee cups with lid are a great option. And, basic white foam coffee cups are super inexpensive. Of course, using disposable cups also means you won’t have to wash mugs after your party.
We usually make our own homemade hot chocolate, which is actually really easy to do. Once it is made, we keep it heated in a slow cooker and use a ladle to pour it into cups for serving. Alternatively, you could also use a hot beverage dispenser. If you don’t want to make it homemade, you can certainly use instant hot chocolate mix packets. They are an easier option and fairly inexpensive too. Place the packets in a nice basket or tin to keep them together. I actually used this green gift box since it was the perfect size. If you are serving a larger crowd, you might want to buy a multi-serving container of hot chocolate mix. This mix can be displayed in glass bowl or canister with a scoop. If you use the dry hot chocolate mix, you’ll need to have hot water handy, so I would recommend using a hot beverage dispenser.
If you have the time, and really want to impress your guests, homemade marshmallows are the way to go. They are easier to make than you might think and SO delicious. You can even cut them into fun shapes, like Christmas trees or snowflakes. My favorite is my Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows. They are SO good in a cup of hot chocolate. But, while we absolutely adore homemade marshmallows, but you can’t beat a bag of mini marshmallows for the price and convenience. Many times we’ll grab a bag at the store and use those instead.
OTHER TOPPING IDEAS
We tend to go bit overboard with toppings, but you don’t have to. The basics like marshmallows or chocolate chips are sufficient. If you want to go a step further, you can easily add some crushed candy canes. If your able to spend a bit more, and want topping options, there is lots of toppings that you can pick up that require little or no prep. Some of the toppings we’ve enjoyed: chocolate chips, chocolate syrup, caramel syrup, caramels, coconut flakes, flavored syrups or creamers (traditionally used in coffee drinks), chopped candy bars, assorted sprinkles, and more. Just place each item in a bowl and you’re ready to go.
FOR THE ADULTS
If your DIY Hot Chocolate Bar is for adults, you might like the idea of a boozy hot chocolate. Offering some alcoholic mix-in – such as Kahlua, Bailey’s, and peppermint schnapps – in an option.
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Published in Inspired by This
Stylist and Art Director: Skybox Event Productions
Photographer: Simply Adri Photography
Location: Bonjour Fete
Desserts: Merely Sweets
Signage: Scribble Story Design
Invitations & Stir Sticks: Jen Simpson Designs
Post Published on December 5, 2017. Guest Blogger: Rebecca Sanchez & Megan Wolf.