Creating a Hot Drink Bar

As soon as November hits, I’m ready for cold weather. I want to wear cable knit sweaters, flannel pajamas and sip on hot drinks all day. The reality is that is rarely gets cold in Florida until late December and sometimes not until early January. Nevertheless, I embrace cold weather whenever I can and that includes sitting by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate, warm toddy or a cup of flavored coffee.

If can’t remember if I told you in Tuesday’s post that in the days leading up to the Lumberjack party it rained for 5 days straight. While this was a big problem for the farmhouse style table we were building for the back patio it also meant all the rain would usher in cold weather. The cold weather meant we would actually NEED a hot drink bar, which made me so excited!

I created this “Have a Cup of Cheer” sign using black poster board from the General Dollar, stencils from my craft stash,


and a Chalk Ink pen.


I knew I would offer hot chocolate, apple cider, and coffee with dessert. Having all of those options meant I needed extra containers and shakers for nutmeg, cinnamon and Dutch cocoa. I picked up these little Santa shoes at my secret shopping spot I call The Warehouse. I wanted to make cinnamon sticks available for the people that wanted cider but also peppermint sticks for those that wanted peppermint hot chocolate. They fit inside the Santa shoes perfectly.


I’ve had this little glass container for a while. It’s held everything from Scrabble pieces to cotton balls to marshmallows.


You can order the flavored syrups and syrup pumps online or pick them up at World Market.


I picked up these straws at The Dollar Store. They add a festive touch for people that want to use the syrups for flavored cold drinks like raspberry ginger ale.


I also found the wire glass drying rack at World Market. I’m putting it on the essentials list because it can double as a mug holder.


I got this beverage cart last year for Christmas. It’s easy to move from the front yard to the back yard depending on the event. The bottom shelf is really nice because it can hold buckets of ice or extra party supplies so you don’t have to keep running inside for things.


One of my goals for 2015 is to entertain more so I’m excited to get to practice early with the Lumberjack party.

010815-9 Hot Drinks Bar Essentials

See you guys tomorrow for all of the details!

Many blessings,


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  1. What a sweet beverage cart! I’d love to have your “cold” weather and enjoy a hot drink with you. We’re experiencing single digit temps!!

    1. Oh my goodness Angie, I can’t even imagine! We could be giggling up a storm and forget all about being cold 🙂

  2. CoCo – you have outdone yourself! I love your hot bev station but my absolute favorite thing is your “Cup of Cheer” sign! I know all of your guests loved this as you had something for everyone! On a side note – please send Santa mugs to me 🙂

    1. You give the best compliments lady! That sign was so easy to make and the Santa mugs almost became an obsession. It was so much fun to watch everyone drink out of them!

  3. Coco, I love your hot beverage station and I use mine almost daily for hot cocoa at about 4 o’clock here. have a great

    1. It was so much fun to use at the party Lisa! I love it that you have a standing hot cocoa date each day 🙂

  4. Coco, so adorable! I love that cart too (a bazillions blogs could be written with that!! Such a fun creative idea and it’s the perfect weather for it!! Donna

    1. Thank you Donna! This is the first time I’ve needed more than a lemonade cart ha ha thank goodness the weather cooperated 🙂

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