Hot Chocolate and Coffee Bar

Hot Chocolate and Coffee Bar

How to set up a Hot Chocolate and Coffee Bar, perfect for hosting holiday parties and gatherings. Recycle and update stuff you have to create a stunning display.

A Hot Chocolate and Coffee Bar is a great to welcome guests over the holidays! I’m excited to be part of this Home for Christmas event from Hometalk and Country Living.

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It’s just one of many fabulous Christmas ideas from Hometalkers. Check them all out at the bottom of this post.

How to set up a Hot Chocolate and Coffee Bar, perfect for hosting holiday parties and gatherings. Recycle and update stuff you have to create a stunning display.

When I was thinking about creating my perfect Hot Chocolate and Coffee Car, I knew my first stop would be my home. With a quick mosey around the house, I found almost everything I needed. First stop– my project room where I grabbed two vintage thermos. I scored them at a flea market years ago, and I’ve been waiting for the perfect time to put them to use. Hiding in my laundry room… a wooden tray. I think it’s at least 15 years old and long overdue for a fresh look with some paint! The vintage red shade is Americana Decor Romance and the Warm White Acrylic Paint from DecoArt were already in my paint stash. The masking tape was waiting for me in my kitchen junk drawer. I also had a couple of chalkboard tags from Michaels that I bought not knowing what I would be using them for.

How to set up a Hot Chocolate and Coffee Bar, perfect for hosting holiday parties and gatherings

The jars are new. They’re the 32 oz Cracker Jars from Fillmore Container. The silver lids they come with are so pretty, but for this project I used Black Metal Lids. After the holidays are over, my plan is to reuse these stylish jars in the pantry– with the silver lids. To round off my project, I did a quick scan of my Christmas decorations and put anything I thought might work in a pile.

My first task– tackling that tray! I wanted to give it a festive yet rustic look.

How to set up a Hot Chocolate and Coffee Bar, perfect for hosting holiday parties and gatherings. Recycle and update stuff you have to create a stunning display.

I gave the tray a quick coat of Warm White, purposely letting the dark wood show through. How to set up a Hot Chocolate and Coffee Bar, perfect for hosting holiday parties and gatherings. Recycle and update stuff you have to create a stunning display.

Next, I used my trusty masking to make diagonal stripes. I wanted to mimic the look of my favorite holiday treat… candy canes.

How to set up a Hot Chocolate and Coffee Bar, perfect for hosting holiday parties and gatherings. Recycle and update stuff you have to create a stunning display.

I lined the tape up across the tray and then removed every other tape strip while the paint was still wet.

How to set up a Hot Chocolate and Coffee Bar, perfect for hosting holiday parties and gatherings. Recycle and update stuff you have to create a stunning display.

Then I gave it a light swipe of Romance.
How to set up a Hot Chocolate and Coffee Bar, perfect for hosting holiday parties and gatherings. Recycle and update stuff you have to create a stunning display.

Ta Da! A cute candy cane striped tray for free.

Transform a plain tray into a whimsical Candy Cane Striped Tray

So I had the tray, the two thermos and those fabulous jars. I figured some cheery Christmas printables would help tie everything together.

Hot Chocolate and Coffee Bar printable labels, art and a sign. Chalkboard style, fun and festive for Christmas and the Holiday Season.

Hot Chocolate and Coffee Bar Printable Labels

Christmas Quote Printable Art

Hot Chocolate and Coffee Bar Printable Sign

I am a huge Norman Vincent Peale fan. I probably reread my great-grandmother’s original copy of his book The Power of Positive Thinking once a year. I decided to use a quote from Peale to make some printable Christmas art. I also wanted labels for the jars and a little sign for the beverage bar.

How to set up a Hot Chocolate and Coffee Bar, perfect for hosting holiday parties and gatherings. Recycle and update stuff you have to create a stunning display.

I used a 3″ scallop edge circle punch to punch the labels out.

How to set up a Hot Chocolate and Coffee Bar, perfect for hosting holiday parties and gatherings. Recycle and update stuff you have to create a stunning display.

Glue Dots held the red ribbon and labels in place.

How to set up a Hot Chocolate and Coffee Bar, perfect for hosting holiday parties and gatherings. Recycle and update stuff you have to create a stunning display.

A couple pom poms and  chalk pen made for an easy upgrade to the tags.
How to set up a Hot Chocolate and Coffee Bar, perfect for hosting holiday parties and gatherings. Recycle and update stuff you have to create a stunning display.

Just a little touch to make things even cuter.

How to set up a Hot Chocolate and Coffee Bar, perfect for hosting holiday parties and gatherings. Recycle and update stuff you have to create a stunning display.

Here’s the spread with the sign.

How to set up a Hot Chocolate and Coffee Bar, perfect for hosting holiday parties and gatherings. Recycle and update stuff you have to create a stunning display.

I collect white milk glass, so this was a perfect opportunity to use it!

How to set up a Hot Chocolate and Coffee Bar, perfect for hosting holiday parties and gatherings. Recycle and update stuff you have to create a stunning display.

Here’s the printable art in a frame. How to set up a Hot Chocolate and Coffee Bar, perfect for hosting holiday parties and gatherings. Recycle and update stuff you have to create a stunning display.

More close ups of those lovely jars.

How to set up a Hot Chocolate and Coffee Bar, perfect for hosting holiday parties and gatherings. Recycle and update stuff you have to create a stunning display.

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