Have some guests coming over and want to set something cute up quickly? Have you heard of a hot chocolate bar? Think of a really delicious drink station that has everything and anything you can add to hot chocolate so your guests can create custom hot chocolate drinks!
You can put a ton of time and effort into setting up a hot chocolate bar, but really, hot chocolate bars are easy to make with what you have on hand. So we are going to give you some hot chocolate bar set up ideas as well as share some websites that you can buy hot chocolate bar supplies at so you are ready if you want to take it to the next level.
There are some basic hot chocolate bar supplies that you are going to need, and they are:
We are going to talk about each point above and how to make a hot chocolate bar on a budget or with items you already have around the house, as well as suggest some items you can buy for you future hot chocolate bars!
Let's go into detail as to what you can use to make your hot chocolate bar.
When setting up a hot chocolate bar for a hot chocolate party, you are going to want to have it in a place where it will be seen (because it is going to be wow-worthy) and a place that is accessible to your guests as well, without it being in the way of course.
Some ideas of places to have your hot chocolate bar include:
Wherever you decide to have your hot chocolate bar, just make sure it won't be in the way of conversation, but you still want it in the same room.
Having a hot chocolate board for your hot chocolate bar serves a few purposes:
Check out Etsy seller Erica's shop, Baileys Branches. She has some really gorgeous ideas for a hot chocolate bar and you can buy her handmade decor for your own hot chocolate bar! Here is an example of what she does, and she used a two tier cake stand to display her hot chocolate bar decor:
Adding a tablecloth to your hot chocolate bar really brings the decor element of the bar to life!
Here are some ideas you can pull together to add a tablecloth to your hot chocolate bar:
Once you have found your accent cloth for your hot chocolate bar, you can start to set it up. This really starts to bring your bar together.
This is where your creativity can really come out! Find some beautiful containers to display what you want to garnish your hot chocolate with. The trick here, is to find different containers that match. You can use different sized mason jars, cookie jars, straw containers, even matching bowls.
Krista at The Pretty Paper Studio on Etsy uses matching bowls to display some of her garnishes for her hot chocolate bar, and you can even purchase her pretty signs as a printable hot chocolate bar kit! Those signs really do add such a touch of magic, don't they?
You can also buy her hot chocolate bar printables in different colors and styles. Her red plaid signs and the soft pink palettes are sure gorgeous.
You can also purchase chalkboard labels to put on your own containers for hot chocolate bar signs, like these ones below from Amazon:
Hot chocolate bar garnish ideas can include a variety of tasty treats, including:
You can go ahead and continue with your theme of the same jars as above, just in different sizes. Alternatively, you could also use danity, cute tea cups as well! Here are some ideas of sugars and spices you might want to include in your hot chocolate bar:
Here is where it all comes together. You can decorate your hot chocolate table with so many different things!
We highly recommend using signs so your guests know what they are adding to their hot chocolate, but in addition to hot chocolate signs, you can decorate your hot chocolate bar with:
And voila! Now all you need is the hot chocolate for your hot chocolate bar.
We recommend making a homemade hot chocolate in a large batch for your hot chocolate bar, and serving it off to the side in something that can keep it warm.
There is nothing worst than cold, hot chocolate! The best device to maintain a constant heat without burning the milk in your hot chocolate, is a crock pot.
You can check out our own homemade hot chocolate recipes. These are tried and tested recipes and for this bar we highly recommend our Old Fashioned Hot Chocolate recipe, but you can see all of four best homemade hot chocolate recipes right here.
Well we hope we have inspired your to make an absolutely fabulous hot chocolate bar! And we would love to see what you came up with!! Be sure to comment below and send us a photo of your hot chocolate bar.
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