5 Tips For Creating a Family Friendly Hot Cocoa Bar


Need a little joy right about now? Sharing a cup of delicious hot chocolate is a wonderful winter tradition that brings friends and family together. These 5 tips for creating a family friendly hot cocoa bar will have you creating one in your own home in no time!

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Oh friends do I have a treat for you today! I am so excited to be joining my friend Aliya of Open Doors Open Hearts for her Hot Cocoa/Coffee Bar blog hop. If you are hopping over from Andrea of Pine and Prospect Home and her gorgeous hot cocoa bar with thrifted dishes, welcome! I’m so glad you are here.

5 Tips For Creating a Family Friendly Hot Cocoa Bar

I adore Christmas and I adore making it fun and meaningful for my family. Each year we celebrate Jesus’ birthday with advent activities and other fun family traditions. Every year one of those traditions is our hot cocoa bar in our kitchen… and goodness gracious it’s a major hit! I loved last year’s but decided to switch it up a bit this year.

Our family loves sharing the tradition of hot cocoa, popcorn and a good movie!

So today I thought it would be fun to share it with you all. I had a little help from one of my favorite taste testers and good news…she approves! My 5 tips for creating a family friendly hot cocoa bar are all doable and easy to do yourself. Now who is ready for some JOY?!

5 family friendly tips for creating a hot cocoa bar for the holidays!

Tip # 1: Find the Perfect Spot

When it comes to having a hot cocoa bar in your home it’s good to look for a spot that is accessible to everyone. I chose a small corner in our kitchen nook and placed a small white cabinet there from Target. Then I hung a mug rack on the wall above it. Instant hot cocoa bar! You can add yours anywhere that has room and a mug rack is not necessary. I have seen some darling shelves or kitchen counter areas that make the perfect hot cocoa or coffee station too. 

A hot cocoa bar that brings joy!

Tip #2: Accessories Are Key

Oh do I love my accessories! For our family friendly hot cocoa bar I have some darling Santa mugs (one for each of our family members). Besides the mugs, the red berry garland and faux boxwood letters that spell JOY, add a festive touch!

A mug rack, sant mugs and peppermint sticks make our hot cocoa bar a family favorite!

The wicker oval tray was a vintage flea market find as were the clear mini cups. The garland is made of felt and I have had it for years and the melamine plates are from Target, also several years old. All of it sets on one of the darling red and white ticking stripe napkins found also below inside the cabinet.

A family friendly hot cocoa bar is all about the fun accessories!

Kid Friendly touches are a must!

To make it kid and family friendly I added all of our Christmas books and stories under the cabinet. I love that my kids can come and grab a book while they enjoy some hot chocolate. Also in the cabinet you will find more fun red ticking stripe napkins and a bowl of vintage ornaments that are from my husband’s family.

5 Family Friendly Tips for Creating a Hot Cocoa Bar!

Tip # 3: Having The Best Hot Cocoa Available

Every year my mom makes a huge batch of her amazing hot chocolate! You can find her yummy recipe HERE. She is kind enough to share it with us and if we are lucky we even get to help her make it! She loads up vintage jars full of the yummy mix for us and brings it over. The jars have our family name on them, Kerr. Which makes it even more special. Each year the kids look forward to this seasonal delivery with great anticipation! 

My mom's hot cocoa recipe is our family's favorite!

Tip # 4: Sharing Is Caring

This year I decide it would be fun to fill up a bunch or random jars we had around our home (inspired by mom of course!). My thought was that we could gift them to neighbors or friends after they visit and enjoy hot chocolate with us. Instead with the pandemic, I’m thinking we may just deliver them to our neighbors and friends instead. To make them extra special I added paper doilies under the lids.

Individual jars of hot cocoa to pass out to neighbors and friends!

I also keep the hot chocolate low and accessible so my kids make their own mugs of hot coca whenever they want…within reason! There are also jars of marshmallows and a few peppermint sticks to stir it with. The ready whip is always in the fridge!

Tip #5: Make Time To Enjoy The Hot Cocoa

The most important part of having a family friendly hot cocoa bar is making the time to enjoy it! During the holidays our family makes a point to slow down and enjoy each other. This usually involves hot chocolate, popcorn and a movie! 

Our sweet pup loves our holiday hot cocoa bar too!

My mom passed this tradition down to us and I hope that my kids will do the same with their own families. There’s just something so special about drinking hot cocoa with someone you love!

Even our pups Kona above and Zoey below love hanging out by our cute little hot cocoa bar! 

Zoey is loving all the Christmas decor too!

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5 Tips For Creating a Family Friendly Hot Cocoa Bar

So what do you think? Did my 5 tips for creating a family friendly hot cocoa bar inspire you or give you some ideas to create your own? I sure do appreciate you spending some time with me here today.

These 5 tips for a family friendly hot cocoa bar will have you creating your own in no time!

Now make sure to pop on over to KariAnne of Thistlewood Farms to check out her awesome holiday coffee station! Then head below to catch the other bloggers sharing their hot cocoa and coffee bars too!



Check out all these fabulous coffee/hot cocoa bar ideas and be inspired to slow down this holiday season.

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  1. Kelly!! Your post is beautiful!! I love the JOY!! PS Great minds think alike using glass jars!! haha Thanks again for joining!!! XoXo

  2. Kelly, It’s so cute!! I love the mugs and all the decor! Such great tips! And your little one is precious! I can see why she likes the Hot Chocolate Bar so much! Can’t wait to try your mom’s recipe!

  3. Such an adorable child! Your home is lovely and thank you for your Mom’s hot chocolate recipe!

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