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Hot Chocolate Bar

Tiered Hot Chocolate Bar

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.

hot chocolate tray

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.

Hot Chocolate CupsSo I hit the cabinets and filled the tray with everything we would need to make a quick cup.

Hot chocolate fixings

And then I added a few extras, courtesy of Homegoods and the grocery store spice aisle.

hot chocolate flavorings

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.

vintage county fair trophy

We live in Johnson County so it was an especially fun find.

Hot chocolate fixings

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.

hot chocolate tiered trayAnd that’s where it was when the hot chocolate party broke out. With just a little something extra off to the side for the adults.

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.

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  1. Melissa @ My Recent Favorite books says:

    Your Hot Chocolate Bar looks great! You have alot of great additions for Hot Chocolate! =)
    Im new to your blog, and now following you with bloglovin!

    Have a great week!

    1. Thank you, Melissa. I look forward to checking out your blog. I’m a big reader too.

  2. Adorable! The Johnson County trophy really is a special touch. Thanks for linking up with Kansas Women Bloggers!

  3. This is beautiful! Such a clever idea. I would love to do something similar when we have holiday guests over. Thank you for the wonderful idea!

    1. Glad you liked it, Johnna. Thanks for the comment!

  4. What a cute idea! I love that silver trophy cup- what a great find! I love how the three layers offered everything you needed!

  5. I adore your hot chocolate bar my friend, it is fabulous! I love it how you used a two tier server for it. I also love the silver stem with the fkatware in it…great find! Have a nice December week.

  6. What a splendid idea, and I love the presentation. Wow! I will be featuring you on Inspired Sunday (tonight)! 🙂

  7. May i ask where you found this tray?

    1. Tashia, I found it several years ago at a local shop in KC.

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