3 Tips for Setting Up a Hot Cocoa Bar

It’s the season of spreading joy, and what better way to do that than to offer your guests the ultimate holiday comfort — hot cocoa. We love the idea of setting up a cocoa bar at your holiday get together, complete with peppermint candies, flavored syrups, and marshmallow toppings. Here are three tips for if you plan on incorporating a cocoa bar at your next gathering.

1. Dream Up Fun Toppings

Of course marshmallows and peppermints are a must, but an array of toppings will delight your guests and allow them to dream up their own perfect cocoa flavor.

  • Caramel syrup
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Butterscotch candies
  • Shaved chocolate
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • White chocolate chips
  • Shaved coconut
  • Whipped cream
  • Gingerbread cookies

Hot cocoa bar with toppings and red and white cups

2. Be Sure to Label

No matter what you’re serving, be sure to label everything properly. Otherwise, guests with allergies or dietary restrictions won’t feel comfortable indulging.

Hot cocoa with whipped cream in blu
3. It’s All in the Display

A cocoa bar is definitely a time when you can add playful touches. We used our Stackable Tree Shelf to display red and white mugs, added sprigs of greenery around the table, and tied off containers with red ribbon. Have some fun and embrace the colors and themes of the season to put your guests in the holiday spirit. 

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Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.