Hot Chocolate Bar Ideas for Christmas
November 23, 2020
Christmas gnome hot chocolate bar for a guest room

Hot Chocolate Bar Ideas From My Favorite Party Planners

Hot chocolate bar ideas are perfect to collect for the holiday season. I love Christmas time and having a cup of cocoa makes everything more magical.

Outdoor Hot chocolate bar ideas by Salt Lake Party Stylist

Outdoor Hot Chocolate Bar Ideas

Simple outdoor hot chocolate bar

Jordan's Easy Entertaining has a simple setup with food trays and hot beverage dispensers. It's a great way to share a cup with neighbors and friends.

Hot cocoa bar cart for indoor or outdoor events

Simple doesn't have to be boring! This modern take on the coffee cart from Alice and Louis is the perfect way to serve hot cocoa for any indoor OR outdoor gathering!

Christmas tree themed hot chocolate bar

I absolutely love this Christmas tree themed outdoor beverage table by Giggle Living. It's perfect for warming up after a day of Christmas tree shopping! She's even got a decorative beverage dispenser.

Outdoor hot chocolate bar

This outdoor bar is so beautiful it could be used for a wedding! Loving the design and easy service from that slow cooker by Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom. To recreate this use a piece of buffet furniture and add the upright supports for a stand.

Indoor Christmas Cocoa Bar Ideas

Cozy up and stay warm hot cocoa bar

I'm loving the industrial vibe of this modern cocoa bar by Mint Event Design. Adding the extra treats turns this simple bar into a full on dessert buffet.

Chalk board wall hot chocolate table

How about a more rustic farmhouse style hot chocolate display from Handmade Lovely?

Glam hot chocolate bar

Not into industrial or farmhouse? May I interest you in GLAM!? Love the elegant simplicity of this buffet from My Design Rules.

Christmas gnome hot chocolate bar for a guest room

Or what about a little whimsy? I'm a little giddy about this Christmas gnome themed hot chocolate bar in our guest room for my parents. The “Gnome sweet Gnome” sign is available in the shop.

Hot Chocolate Bar for Kids

Hot cocoa bar ideas for kids

When it comes to the kiddos, pump up the color, add a few fun details, and make reindeer donuts like these from Pop of Gold.

Easy Instant pot hot chocolate

And if you're hosting a party with a bunch of kids pull out the Instant Pot and let the kids decorate their own tumblers like these from Playdates Parties.

Fun Ways to Serve Toppings

Mix-ins and topping options are a HUGE part of an epic hot chocolate bar. So how will you serve yours?

Cocoa Mix-in Platter

Hot chocolate platter with treats and mix-ins

This hot cocoa platter from Pop of Gold has toppings, mix-ins, and treats for dunking!

Jars of Toppings

chocolate gingerbread men hot cocoa toppings

Keep it easy mess free with small canisters of your favorite mix-ins and toppings like these from our hot chocolate bar last year. It started out with gingerbread men and morphed over the season to include antique trucks and woodland animals!

Mixie Sticks with hot cocoa mix-ins

These DIY Mixie Sticks from Tikkido are pure genius! Fill up straws with different flavored mix-ins and let the kids {or adults for that matter} go to town customizing their cup of cocoa.

Hot chocolate tiered tray

I also love how Faithfully Gluten Free styled this hot cocoa tiered tray for easy access in a small space.

Hot cocoa bombs

If you're short on space or time, get yourself some Hot Cocoa Bombs! Add them to a mug, slowly pour hot milk over and watch the magic! You can make your own with some patience. BUT they aren't gonna look like this! I ordered mine from Cafe Everyday Sunday this year.

Hot Chocolate Signage

No matter how you set up your hot chocolate bar and which toppings you choose, using printables is a great way to let people know their options

Hot chocolate printables

Love this set from the Printables Fairy that look like little tickets. Would be super cute for a Polar Express night.

Hot cocoa bar printable signs and confetti

Or this modern take with a Rae Dunn feel set of hot chocolate bar sign, printable food labels, and cocoa confetti from Festive Fetti.

Love These Hot Chocolate Bar Ideas?

I hope you loved all these hot chocolate bar ideas as much as I do. Did you find any holiday inspiration? Whatever your style, wherever you plan to serve, and no matter the size of your guest list, there's a hot chocolate bar for you!

If you design a hot cocoa station of your own, I'd love to hear about it in the comments below. And if you share photos, I want to see it too! Please tag us @partieswithacause on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. We love celebrating all your hard work! 

Not Loving Hot Chocolate?

Apple cider bar set up by Salt Lake Party Stylist

If you aren't a hot chocolate lover I got you too! Go ahead and set up an apple cider bar, coffee bar, or tea buffet with all these fun elements as well.

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Hot cocoa bar ideas by Salt Lake Party Stylist

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  1. Natalie Mayhew

    So many cute ideas!!! I must try them all…would be rude not too 😂

    • Brianna Adams

      Right!? I love it. How about the 12 days of Christmas cocoa bars?🤣

  2. Lori

    Such a fun collection of cocoa bars!! Thanks for including mine! Xo


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