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Hi guys! Living in Arizona for 16 years, I don’t think I have a firm grasp on what “winter” is anymore. Not like the rest of y’all do anyway. Every day I see pictures on TV and social media of people who are up to their eyeballs in snow, wrapped in parkas and boots. Gorgeous photos of Ice Castles and snow sculptures.
Part of me is a little jealous, but a bigger part of me is like, “I ate Mexican food Friday night outside on the patio of my favorite neighborhood restaurant without a jacket on. Sorry, not sorry.” That being said, I have been FREEZING all day at work for the past little while. My fingers are like ice and the poor kids flinch every time I touch them taking their temperatures. It has been winter here, too, even if it is a milder version of it. Our thin desert blood can’t handle the cold, like, at all.
I’ve been seriously craving hot chocolate ALL THE TIME lately! Since it’s almost Valentine’s Day, I decided to create a little hot chocolate station and put a spin on it, leaning toward lighter colors and fruitier flavors instead of the red, and cinnamon, and mint that is traditional around the holidays. Before I show you the end result, check out this Hot Chocolate Station Style Guide for my inspiration.
A. Ceramic Cow Creamer | B. Three Tiered Serving Tray | C. Wooden Disposable Spoons | D. Mixed Sprinkles (no longer available) -- similar here | E. Clear Glass Mugs | F.Clear Glass Jar with Metal Lid | G. Turquoise Glass Cookie Jar | H. Clear Glass Bottle with Stopper | I. Torani Raspberry Syrup | J. Hot Chocolate Printable -- free download here | K. Antiqued Gray Dresser (mine was thrifted, but this one is similar -- and cute!)| L. Whipped Cream Dispenser | M. Keurig K250 Coffee Maker in Oasis | N. Heart Shaped Marshmallows | Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate K-cups
These are some of the essentials to throw together your own Hot Chocolate Station. Obviously there are some luxury items here. The mint green Keurig machine? Hello, I’m in love. I’m not a coffee drinker so I never really paid much attention to what Keurig had going on -- that is, until I saw Swiss Miss K-cups at my local store. What. In. The. World?! Have I been living under a rock?? Now, for just a little over $100, that mint-green sweetie is pretty high up on my list of
That chippy old gray dresser (that looks white in all my photos??) is my most favorite thrifting score. And it was actually free! We were dropping off some of our old stuff at Goodwill when, by chance, a good friend of mine pulled up behind us. She asked if I wanted to look at her stuff before she made her donation. I could not have had our husbands move that fabulous old thing into the back of my van fast enough! It is perfect for storing linens and serving pieces that I only use occasionally, and it serves as a pretty great home for my hot chocolate station right now.
I designed this printable (with just a touch of sass) to serve as a cute backdrop for the display. It is my nod to seasonal decorations. The only holiday I really ever decorate for is Christmas, so framing this printable is a lot for me, haha. You can download it in a couple of sizes here. I also made a coffee version, if that’s more your cuppa’ . . .tea? As always, the printables are free for your personal use.
This tiered wood serving tray was one of my Black Friday purchases a couple years back. It is so versatile I have used it for every occasion, and in every room of my house. I feel like you need a little height in your display to make it more functional and visually interesting.
Glass jars look classic for storing just about anything. I love the vintage feel -- it reminds me of Mr. Olson's store on Little House on the Prairie when I was a kid. I filled one with our favorite White Hot Chocolate mix and the other with packets of regular cocoa.
I feel like everything is prettier when you take it out of its grocery store packaging. I especially like these inexpensive syrup bottles from IKEA for holding flavored syrups to mix into your hot chocolate. Sugar-free Coconut and Raspberry are favorites around here.
These clear glass mugs are also from IKEA. I like that they are big enough to hold a good size drink, but because they are clear, they're not visually cluttery. I also have a set of white mugs that will probably end up on the hot chocolate station as well.
Toppings are always welcome here. Whipped cream? The more the better. And sprinkles? Yes, please. Marshmallows? Why not. Flavored creamer from a ceramic cow? Be still my heart.
My secret ingredients for extra-decadent hot chocolate are these Lindor truffles. Drop one into your steaming mug of cocoa and give it a stir -- you'll thank me later.
We don't currently have a working fireplace (adding one is on the slate for this year!!) and we refuse to use our heater -- I know, I know, I can hear your violins for my sob story. Now I can get through the last few "frigid" Arizona winter weeks by making myself a cup of hot chocolate to sip on as I wrap up in a blanket and blog the evening away after work.
Did I miss anything? What are your hot chocolate must-haves? Leave a comment and let me know how you'll be heating things up (literally or figuratively) this Valentine's Day!
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Have a great day, friends!