Tuesday, November 26, 2019

A Cozy Hot Chocolate Bar for Christmas ~ A Pinterest Challenge



Welcome to  our monthly Pinterest Challenge hosted by my friend Cindy of County Road 407.  Every month a group of blogging friends get together to share their interpretations of a decorating photo found on Pinterest.  This month it's all about creating a wintertime favorite ~ a cozy Hot Chocolate Bar...




If you are new to my blog French Ethereal, a hearty welcome to you! For all of my friends and for everyone stopping by from 
Our Southern Home, I am so glad you are here! 

Christy's cocoa bar was wonderful wasn't it?! Serious yum! She has the best ideas and the prettiest home (I love her fireplace with its pretty herringbone brick!). I just love her style!!

Well, let's get this party rolling, shall we??  ;)




This month's Pinterest Challenge comes to us from Jessica Kirkland of Pen + Paper Flowers who has such a pretty website! Here in her hot chocolate bar, Jessica used a nice variety of rustic wooden boxes, a wooden cake stand and an oak round as the base of her display. I love seeing the creamware mugs set inside the vintage crate box!

She also has a nice collection of jars and bottles holding toppings and syrups, Piroulines, candy canes and marshmallows ~ fun toppings to put on your hot chocolate and maybe an ice cream dish or two!



My chocolate bar interpretation

I didn't really have any cute wooden boxes to use for this hot chocolate bar but I had a new wood round to use as my focal point lift. On and around it I set out:


  • favorite Christmas and wintertime mugs
  • mismatched silver spoons set in a pretty Christmas mug
  • a small stack of vintage plates for little snacks are welcome enough.
To this I added in "The Goodies..."

  • a box of favorite hot chocolate
  • a tin of holiday tea (for non-hot chocolate drinkers)
  • some chocolate mints (wonderful melty goodness when added in to hot chocolate!)
  • candy cane rounds and shepherd's crooks to crush-up and sprinkle on top
  • whipping cream (not pictured)
  • also fun ~ mini marshmallows (which I totally forgot to put out but have!)

All were set out on the beautiful English barley-twist tea cart I bought while in England and then my brother brought back with his family's move back to the States for me in 2005.



Easy peasy yummy squeezy!

Creating your own hot chocolate bar isn't difficult to put together and it doesn't have to have many components to it, really. 




A close-up of the little Santa Christmas mug...




What will you put on your hot chocolate?


Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you've enjoyed my hot chocolate bar interpretation and are inspired to create one of your own for your next holiday event. 




I encourage you to stop by all of this month's participants, too. If you can't visit everyone right now, just stop back here to pick up the links and continue your visits.
:)'




Next up on this hot chocolately Pinterest Challenge adventure is Paula of Sweet Pea  and I know you're going to love her hot chocolate station! Check out her Christmas family room, too. A wonderful room filled with happy memories and family pieces!
Thanks again...
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Chocolatey blessings to you,

29 comments:

  1. Who doesn't enjoy hot chocolate this time of year. Add peppermint and even better.

    Happy Thanksgiving

    Cindy

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    1. Hello Cindy, thank you for your sweet thoughts (really!)!! I'm glad you liked my hot chocolate bar. Will be over later today to pin and visit...

      Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family,
      Barb :)

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  2. What a great idea. I love that you used your cart as your Hot Chocolate station. Perfect and it looks so inviting.

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    1. Thank you, Marty! This was a fun Pinterest Challenge (not that I haven't liked them all) and reading through everyone's posts is definitely helping get me into the holiday mood. <3


      Happy Thanksgiving,
      Barb :)

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  3. Barbara what a great inspiration you gave all of us. Love how you have your kitchen styled. The cart is a perfect space for a cocoa bar. Happy Thanksgiving.

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    1. Hello Terrie! Thank you so much for your sweet thoughts on my kitchen and cocoa bar!! This post inspired me to really work on prettying up my kitchen, which had been a bit of a disaster before.

      Glad you enjoyed my hot cocoa bar. Happy Thanksgiving to you,
      Barb :)

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  4. Barbara, we have the same great taste! I have a cart just like yours and your mugs match my dessert plates! Now if I could get my hands on the plates you have, I'll be set! Super cute place for your Hot Cocoa bar and I love your set up. Thanks so much for joining in! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving too.

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    1. Thank you, Cindy! This was an especially fun and festive PC. Helps to get this Scrooge into the holiday spirit. Now if our weather would just stay cold... Lol! I'll look for some red transferware plates for you...

      Thanks again for creating this Pinterest Challenge,
      Hugs,
      Barb :)

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  5. I love how you used a cart for your hot chocolate station. You can roll it to any place in your home to enjoy. Your display looks so pretty and I adore your Christmas mugs.

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    1. Thank you, Paula! We do enjoy this tea cart a lot. It does make the rounds... Happy to be with you on the PC tour again,

      Hugs,
      Barb :)

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  6. Your little hot chocolate cart is sweet and perfect for your fam, Barbara! Love that wood slice, too! Pinned!

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    1. Thank you, Julie!! I appreciate the love.

      Happy hot chocolate Thanksgiving to you,
      Hugs,
      Barb :)

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  7. Love your barley twist tea cart, Barb! It's perfect for a hot chocolate bar. Reading all these posts is seriously making me crave chocolate!

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    1. Me, too, Lora!! I'll be by later today (Wednesday). I've been madly cleaning this weekend through Tues. with our daughter coming up (first time to the new house) and other friends stopping by over Thankgiving. Glad you like my little hot chocolate bar. <3

      Hugs,
      Barb :)

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  8. Great collection of mugs and what beautiful plates you have, Barb! That cart is really lovely, too. What a great idea to have a rolling hot chocolate station. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Hugs, Crissy

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    1. Thank you, Crissy! I am really happy I found this tea cart and that my brother was able to ship it back when they moved back Stateside. It is a favorite to decorate and it does move around! Glad you enjoyed our hot chocolate station... :)

      Hugs and happy Christmas season to you,
      Barb :)

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  9. Who doesn't love a hot chocolate bar?! I love this! My favorite toppings are cinnamon, whipped cream, strawberry syrup, and sprinkles!

    Shelbee
    www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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    1. This sounds sooo good! Thank you for the great topping ideas, Shelbee!!!
      Have a great Thanksgiving!!

      Hugs,
      Barb :)

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  10. Oh I LOVE the black check paired with the red plates. Stealing your idea! May you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

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  11. Hi Barbara, love your tea cart. How cool that your brother was able to bring it to you. It’s a great place for a hot chocolate bar. Your Christmas plates are really pretty and love the check napkins. Happy Thanksgiving.

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  12. Barb,
    Love how you used your tea cart!! What a great idea!! So sweet!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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    1. Thank you, Debbie! I appreciate your sweet thoughts.
      Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful,
      Barb :)

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  13. I love this idea, Barb! How wonderful to have a Hot Chocolate Bar ready for unexpected guests! I also really like your tea cart. It's absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing this post, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. I’m featuring this post at the party this week. Hope to ‘see’ you there! Wishing you a wonderful week!

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  14. HI Barb
    Thank you for your sweet comments. I hope you are feeling better. My son came home with bronchitis last week! xo laura

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  15. What a lovely hot chocolate bar. Your tea cart is amazing. So cool that it came from England!

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    1. Thank you so much, Christy! I appreciate your lovely thoughts. This was a fun Pinterest Challenge, wasn't it?

      Happy holiday season to you,
      Barb :)

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  16. Love tea carts they are such a great decor piece for decorating

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    1. Yes they are, Maria! I appreciate your sweet thoughts on our English tea cart. It does get a lot of love around here and travels around the house as needed.

      Happy Christmas season to you,
      Barb :)

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I appreciate your leaving me a comment, thank you!
Hugs,
Barb :)

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