Who loves Hot Chocolate? We all do – here are a few Quick and Simple Hot Chocolate Bar Ideas to inspire your own DIY Hot Chocolate Bar!
Hot to Set up an Indoor Hot Chocolate Bar
We’ve got a big crew heading our way for the Thanksgiving holiday this year.
Lots of Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins are coming to spend a few days with us. While the moms are in the kitchen working on the meal, we’ll be leaving it up to the dads to keep the kids entertained – outside.
With so many kids running around, they definitely need to be out of the house and kitchen. Playing outside with Dad is the best way to run off some of their energy. Since it looks like the Thanksgiving weekend is going to be a bit chilly, I’ll be setting up a little DIY Hot Chocolate Bar to keep the little ones warm and happy! (I have two slow cookers, so I’ll probably include a pot of my Knock Off Starbucks’s Spiced Apple Cider too.)
Hot Chocolate Bars are perfect for Holiday Get-togethers
The hot chocolate bar was so easy to put together!
I’ve made a couple of different slow cooker hot chocolate recipes before, but I’ve found the homemade ones don’t last as long in the slow cooker and require frequent stirring. I now just mix up the Swiss Miss instant mix (from the bulk container) and keep it warm in the slow cooker. I included an assortment of yummy little toppings from the grocery store and used a permanent marker to make everything pretty!
To dress up the white mugs I used an aqua permanent marker!
I love how they turned out and I’ve already asked my hubby to stop back by the craft store on his way home to grab several more, so all the kids will be able to decorate their own mugs and then take them home.
The Secret to Creating the perfect Labels with Marker
Since I actually have the worst handwriting ever, I wanted to share my little secret for the decorative script I used on the topping labels.
Find a decorative font you like, (this is the one I used.) Download it to your computer, open either a photo editing program or Microsoft Word and type out what you want on the label.
Print the words in a very, very light grey, trace them with the marker, and cut them out in a pretty shape!
Cute right? You can’t even see the original grey lettering!
I know the kids will flip over all the goodies at the hot chocolate bar. Weather permitting, we’ll also be spending an evening or two around the fire pit. (Only pouring rain will keep us away!) We keep a little picnic table out by the fire pit for just this type of occasion, and I’ll move the hot chocolate out there too.
Projects used and recommended in this post:
- My fave slow cooker
- Serving tray
- White mugs
- Bic Markers
- Marshmallow Snowmen and candy cane sticks
- Caramel Bits
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About the Author
Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.