Hot cocoa bars seem to be a big thing these days. I’ve seen lots of bloggers showing their hot chocolate stations from small ones to big. Pinterest has lots of ideas for putting together a cocoa bar and I went on Pinterest to find some free printables so I could put one together for a Christmas Party with my church small group. I love hot chocolate especially on those cold and frigid days of winter and found an amazing recipe, also from Pinterest, to make for our party.
The free printables I found were just simple black and white in a cute font. Labels for the goodies to add to the cocoa, like marshmallows…always a must with hot chocolate, right!?
I had a running theme of black and white checks as well as some black and red checked decor this Christmas, so I kept that going with the chocolate bar. I took some red card stock, some black and red wrapping paper and made these little cards for each goodie and just cut the card stock so I could fold it in half, then I cut the black and red wrapping paper in squares, glued the squares to the card stock, and glued the fun little printables to each one…easy peasy!
I had a nice 8 X 10 frame to put the big sign for the bar in and did the same thing with my red and checked papers, as you can see. I also found these adorable cups and napkins at the Party store near me that had the red and black checked pattern on them. I was so tickled to find something that matched my theme so well.
My hubby, Dave and I, were at Kirkland’s one day and I saw these cute little plates. One said, “Baby It’s Cold Outside”, and the other one said, ” Merry Christmas”. Then I also grabbed a little ‘top hat’ and a ‘present’ tree ornament with the same pattern of black and red check and used them as part of the display. I turned the hat upside down and put the chocolate chips on that, and as you can see in the above pictures and below, I used the present ornament for the Hot Chocolate Mix sign.
The Hot Chocolate Bar was a big hit and the Hot Chocolate was so rich and delicious…everyone enjoyed it. The recipe is HERE if you would like to make it sometime.
Our small group always has such a great time when we get together, especially for the Christmas Party and this year was another super fun time. It all goes by so fast!
All the Christmas decorations are put away for another year and things are getting back to normal, but as children of God, we celebrate our Jesus all year round, but Christmas is such a special time to gather and give gifts to each other, to enjoy family and friends and rejoice in the most precious gift ever given! I am so thankful!
Happy New Year,