How to Create an Adorable Hot Chocolate Station

November 28, 2016

Hey all! I hope you all enjoyed our favorite things round up last week! I found so many new cute items for my Christmas list! 

How was your Thanksgiving week? We spent most of it in Disney World and had a blast! Disney has such a special place in our hearts -- we really disconnect and just focus on having fun as a family. It makes me so sad to leave, but then I'm always happy to get home too! 😊

Between running through Disney nonstop, flights, and now trying to get all of our Christmas decor up in just a few days, I'm exhausted and sick. EVERY year I say I'm going to start decorating earlier and every year...I don't. I don't know when I'll finally do it -- I'm already swearing it will be next year, ha!! The first room I finished this time was our kitchen, and this spot was a little self serving because I needed the hot liquid to sooth my throat. ;) 

I think this is one of the cutest Christmas vignettes in our house so I thought I would show you how easy it was to put together -- because everyone needs a hot chocolate station this time of year! 

I added a bigger tray to the island this year so it holds everything perfectly. I always add a couple festive mugs and then put the packets of hot chocoloate out in a bowl for easy access: 
hot cocoa station

I'm not a big peppermint fan, unless it's during the holidays. I absolutely LOVE it in hot chocolate!

Usually I keep the peppermint Hershey kisses handy and drop one in, but then I found these peppermint sticks at HomeGoods instead:
hot chocolate station ideas

How cute are those? Perfect! Of course you need the tiny marshmallows! And I know, I know. Nobody drinks hot chocolate with a straw, but they are cute, right? We do use them for margaritas and there are a few of those made this time of year as well. 😉

I found this hot cocoa sign at Hobby Lobby and it looks pretty darn cute in the kitchen as well: 
hot cocoa sign

It took me less than ten minutes to pull it all together! It's my favorite spot in the kitchen this time of year! I go through my stash and find Christmas jars and containers for everything, so it doesn't cost me much. 

By the way...the hot chocolate station is such a fun and easy gift too. You can see how I pulled that together last year here

Because we really do drink a lot of it right now, this tray is as functional as it is cute! That's my favorite part: 
hot chocolate station in tray

I'm really trying to simplify my decor this year. A friend and I were laughing last night at how we say that EVERY year but this time I mean it! I love how the hot cocoa station feels so festive but doesn't take a lot of time or effort:
Hot cocoa area in kitchen

It's also nice that this doesn't need to take up much space in your kitchen! It would be a cute addition in a butler's pantry or on a buffet too! Have you added one of these to your home? 

Now...any tips for getting rid of a cold FAST? I'm heading out of town again in a few days and flying with a cold is pure torture. I'll take any tips you can offer! 

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  1. Airborne. Every day. Along with vitamin c. Sleep, and lots of rest when awake. Hope you feel better!! The hot cocoa tray is adorable!

  2. Mega doses of chewable vitamin C. Hope you feel better!

  3. Love the tray! And yes, vitamin C! There are some essential oils that could help too.

  4. Love the tray and the cute mugs! Try some zinc lozenges and extra Vitamin D. I swear people get sicker in the winter because they aren't out in the sun enough...just my theory. Feel better!

  5. So cute! We do a hot cocoa station as well. The boys love it! They take their cocoa and sit in front of the fire while watching tv. We did Thanksgiving at Disney one year too. It was so much fun! I've always had good luck with Airborne as well. Hope you feel better!

  6. Such a cute idea!! I love the Santa Rocks container for the straws. I am going to have to get one of these for our house. My husband and I have been on a hot chocolate kick lately now that it is getting a little colder in Florida. I swear by the Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Swabs, they are homeopathic and I am a firm believer it makes my colds go away ASAP! Hope you feel better soon!

    1. We are big believers in Zicam too! It helps so much!

  7. Oil pulling witb coconut oil dislodges all the "gunk" in your ENT area, which is the cause of most cold symptoms: sore throat (from postnasal drip), stuffy/runny nose, and sometimes even cough. Sipping water with cayenne stirred in, or gargling with warm water and cayenne helps alleviate pain in the throat (the capsaicin in the cayenne "numbs" the tonsils/glands. Kind of like how your lips get a little numb when you eat really spicy food.) Avoid dairy! Dairy creates/exacerbates mucous and pleghm production. Ginger, garlic, cayenne and apple cider vinegar are all effective, natural remedies for colds. If you have a bad cough, at night rub Vapo-Rub on your feet and put socks on. Hope some of these help!

  8. i came across Umcka lozenges when I began a cold. Took as directed and it was amazing how much it helped shorten it and symptoms less too. I found it in the health section of a natural grocers. Walgreens might have it. Funny name. They als make drops which I just bought on Amazon. Its homeopathic and I'll never be without it now.

  9. I love the hot chocolate station! I seen these last yr and said I wanted to do ones this yr. Just think its so cute and my kids will LOVE it!

  10. Load up on vitamin c - I take 2000 mg after my lunch every day when I feel something coming on. Oh...and martinis! I swear they help kill the germs...or maybe they just make me feel better! Either way, it works! Love the hot cocoa station - super cute. I'm still drooling over your kitchen makeover....really, over your whole house. Feel better!!

  11. Agree with all of the above, great suggestions! Drink TONS of water, way more than you think you need. Fresh garlic, I mince up and mix with salsa. Neil Med sinus rinse (Walgreens/Rite Aid) gets all the gook out of your nose and essential oils are the best! Feel better!


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