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Holiday Hot Cocoa Bar by Elva M Design Studio

‘Tis the season to drink hot cocoa! Fa la la la la, la la la la! Throwing a holiday hot cocoa bar is so much fun for the holidays. It’s a reminder to slow down and relax, and simply enjoy the holiday season with loved ones.

Today I am going to show you how you can easily set up your own hot chocolate bar with some amazing products from Oriental Trading.

Hot Cocoa Bar Party Table

First, choose one central location as the highlight of your party. I love using my console table in my living room. There’s a great wall that I can hang decorations on, such as these Kraft paper fans, which I used at my Fall Apple Cider Bar and the Puppy Birthday party, and these Peppermint Swirl Decorations, which you might remember from the North Pole Breakfast.

I love the simple look of the fans and the cellophane wrapped “candy” as the backdrop. 

On the front of my console table, I hung some furry stockings that I picked up in the Target dollar spot. They were $3 a piece and I know I will find other uses throughout the years. 

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Holiday Hot Cocoa Bar Party styled by Elva M Design Studio

On the table, I started with this Be Merry tray, and placed a “Hot Cocoa” sign, some snow topped sisal trees, but most importantly these snowflake hot cocoa mugs.

The cups are large and perfect for serving a hot cup of cocoa to your guests. 

Holiday Hot Cocoa Bar - Tray serving hot cocoa

Hot Cocoa served in mugs from Oriental Trading

Holiday Hot Cocoa Cups from Oriental Trading

Hot Cocoa Sign from Elva M Design Studio

I followed this slow cooker hot chocolate recipe from It’s rich, creamy, and delicious. Don’t forget to add some toppings!

I love this glass jar set for serving hot cocoa toppings, candy, and cookies — basically these jars are cute to serve anything that will fit in them!

I chose these peppermint spoons, some chocolate Nonpareil candy from the bulk section at my local grocery store, and marshmallows.

To dress up the glass jars, I hung a large sisal wreath on each handle. I love how the simple addition of the wreath adds so much festivity to this look. 

Apothecary jars from Oriental Trading and styled by Elva M Design Studio

Holiday sisal wreath and glass jars from Oriental Trading

Hot Cocoa Toppings in Jars from Oriental Trading

Finally, I added some trees on either end of the table. The large one is from Hobby Lobby and the smaller one is from Amazon.

These were perfect for my Lumberjack birthday party and I’m so happy to have the chance to display them again.

Add a few more sisal trees around your party decor, and a large sign to cheer in the merry season. 

Hot Chocolate Bar

Holiday Hot Cocoa Bar Merry Christmas sign designed by Elva M Design Studio

Holiday Hot Cocoa Bar Treats

The hot cocoa is delicious and rich on its own, but adding a few other sweet treats can really make the party festive. I picked up some gingerbread cookies and a small chocolate cake from my local grocery store.

I used an extra sisal wreath as a cake topper for the cake. Such an easy way to add a festive touch to store bought desserts. Add in a small pine tree to complete the little vignette.

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Cake and Cookies at a Holiday Hot Cocoa Bar Styled by Elva M Design Studio

Holiday sisal wreath cake topper

Gingerbread Cookies

Hurry over to Oriental Trading to get all of the supplies needed to create your own holiday hot cocoa bar. 

Holiday Hot Cocoa Party Styling by Elva M Design Studio

Holiday Hot Cocoa Bar Styled by Elva M Design Studio

Now that your party is setup, take a moment to sit back with a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy the festive view. I love this shot with my handmade wreath hanging on my front door! 

Holiday Hot Cocoa Bar Entry Table Styled by Elva M Design Studio

Meghan from Elva M Design Studio That’s a wrap! Cheers, friends! 

Vendor Recap

Party Styling, Printables, Photography: Elva M Design Studio

Holiday Be Merry Tray, Snowflake Mugs, Apothecary Jars, Kraft Paper Fans, Peppermint Spoons, Peppermint Swirl Decorations, Sisal Wreaths, Sisal Trees: Oriental Trading 

Red Cake Stand: Sprinkles & Confetti

Small Pine Tree Decor: Amazon

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Hi, I’m Meghan, party lover and designer at Elva M Design Studio. I’m a mom of three young boys and so passionate about celebrating all life has to offer. I love party planning and bringing people together, whether it’s for Champagne Friday, celebrating a new baby, a birthday, or just because! Sign up for my email list to enjoy all the free printables.

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