Last fall I bought this tiered, wooden tray and filled it with mugs and plates and apples and little pumpkins. I told my family that the apples were fair game for eating, but the tray ended up being more for show than anything else.
Generally speaking, things that are just for show make me cranky; I like things that get used.
While trying to think up something to do with the tray for winter, I remembered all the hot chocolate displays I’ve been seeing on Pinterest and in blogland.
And then I added a few extras, courtesy of Homegoods and the grocery store spice aisle.
Having a hot chocolate bar gives me an excuse to use one of my favorite vintage purchases of all time: a little, silver trophy from the 1934 county fair.
We live in Johnson County so it was an especially fun find.
Normally, this tray sits on the kitchen table, but on Thanksgiving, I didn’t want it to get in the way of any visiting that would be going on there, so I moved it to the kitchen island.
Eventually the island was needed for all the goodies people were bringing with them as they arrived on Thanksgiving night, so the tray got moved to the living room coffee table.
I hope you had a good Thanksgiving weekend, if you’re in the US, and that your holiday season is off to a good start.