Hot Chocolate Bar with Vintage

Now that it’s cold in my neck of the woods, I’m craving hot beverages.  From coffee to hot tea to hot chocolate, a warm beverage is a pleasure to enjoy in the cold months of the year.  Today I’m sharing a Hot Chocolate Bar with Vintage that I set up in anticipation of enjoying many cups of hot chocolate this winter.Hot Chocolate Bar set up using vintage items

Hot Chocolate Bar with Vintage

Today’s Hot Chocolate Bar with Vintage is a monthly Pinterest challenge hosted by Cindy from County Road 407.  Each month Cindy selects a picture from Pinterest and challenges our group to create our own version of the look.

Last month our group shared Thanksgiving Place Setting Ideas and I got so many ideas from the ladies who participated.

Pinterest Challenge Graphic for November and December

Many thanks to Cindy for hosting this challenge!  

If you arrived here from French Ethereal, welcome!   I’m sure that you enjoyed seeing Barbara’s Hot Chocolate Bar.

You’ll find a list of all of the participating bloggers at the end of this post.  I’m looking forward to seeing how everyone created their own version of this look.

Our Inspiration for this Challenge

This month we were challenged to create a Hot Chocolate Bar inspired by this beautiful one designed by Jessica of Pen+Paper Flowers.  

Hot Chocolate Bar

I loved how Jessica used a crate to hold her mugs and how she served delicious hot chocolate add-ons in small mason jars.  I also loved how she used a wood slice on top of a compote to create an elevated serving space for more hot chocolate condiments.

I’ve always wanted to set up a hot chocolate bar and this challenge was the perfect opportunity to do so.  My version reflects my decor style as I used vintage.

My Hot Chocolate Bar with Vintage

I shopped my house for Christmas things along with vintage to use for my hot chocolate bar.

Guests can grab a Santa mug and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate while relaxing in our family room.  Filling a thermos with hot chocolate and sipping it while riding around looking at Christmas lights sound like another activity that I would like to do closer to Christmas.Hot Chocolate Bar with Vintage

Santa Mugs

My mom’s friend passed along her Santa mug collection to me a few years ago.  The mugs are displayed on a DIY cupcake stand that my husband helped me make a few years. ago.Vintage Santa Mug Collection used on a Hot Chocolate Bar

The mug on top of the stand is Longaberger and the rest are various ages, some old and some new.Vintage Santa Mugs

Hot Chocolate & Condiments

Hot chocolate mix is served in my maternal grandmother 1930’s Mason jar with a unique square grid pattern.

Marshmallows are a must in any cup of hot chocolate that I enjoy.  Marshmallows are served in a snowman jar that I found at Goodwill.Hot Chocolate Bar with Vintage - Vintage jelly jars holding chocolate chips and cinnamon candy, a Nescafe jar holding peppermint sticks, and a trio thermoses.

Starbucks Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa packets are served in a vintage compote that belonged to my paternal grandmother.

Other hot chocolate add ons include chocolate chips, cinnamon candies, and peppermint sticks for stirring.Hot Chocolate Bar with Vintage - Vintage jelly jars holding chocolate chips and cinnamon candy, a Nescafe jar holding peppermint sticks, and a trio thermoses.

Vintage Jars

The chocolate chips and cinnamon candies are served in vintage jelly jars inherited from my paternal grandmother.Chocolate chips and cinnamon candies served in vintage jelly jars on a hot chocolate bar

One of the jars lids still has a masking tape label from when Granny made plum jelly in 1986.Chocolate chips and cinnamon candies served in vintage jelly jars on a hot chocolate bar

Peppermint sticks are served in a Nescafe Coffee jar that also belonged to my maternal grandmother.  

Does anyone else love peppermint sticks as much as I do?  My favorite brand is Bob’s peppermint sticks but these are from the dollar store as I couldn’t find Bob’s brand for sale in any grocery store or pharmacy in my town.Hot Chocolate Bar with Vintage - Vintage jelly jars holding chocolate chips and cinnamon candy, a Nescafe jar holding peppermint sticks, and a trio thermoses.

Plaid Thermoses

For vintage lovers like me, a collection of thermoses is a must.  The two thermoses with plastic lids are vintage and the one with the silver lid is new.Plaid Thermoses used on a hot chocolate bar

I can only imagine the coffee or hot chocolate that my vintage thermoses carried over the years.  

The new thermos was an impulse buy last Christmas at Williams Sonoma.  We were in Williamsburg shortly after Christmas and when I saw it on sale, I couldn’t stop admiring it.  We had to take turns going into the store because Sherman was with us.  When it was my husband’s turn to shop, he came out of the store with the thermos for me. 

Hot Chocolate Bar in Real Life

For this blog post, I set up my hot chocolate bar in front of our Christmas tree in our family room.  If you toured our family room last week, you noticed that the Santa mugs were on display on our pie safe.  

I moved the mugs back to that spot and moved the rest of this display to our kitchen in the coffee bar area.  Our Keurig is there which quickly heats water for hot chocolate.  The hot chocolate add-ons along with the hot chocolate powder and packets are on a tray there, ready to be used.

One of my Christmas traditions is to pack away our regular coffee mugs and replace them with Christmas ones.  I have a large number of Christmas mugs as it was a common gift to receive from students at Christmas.  We enjoy using our Christmas mugs every November and December.Hot Chocolate Bar with Vintage

Many thanks to Jessica of Pen+Paper Flowers for this month’s Hot Chocolate Bar inspiration photo and thanks to Cindy of County Road 407 for organizing this challenge.

Next on the tour is Lora of Lora B. Create and Ponder.  Lora is a fellow vintage lover and I can’t wait to see her farmhouse style hot chocolate bar.

More Hot Chocolate Bars to Enjoy

Click on the links below to visit each blogger who is sharing their version of the inspiration picture.  I’m looking forward to seeing them all! 

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  1. Paula, this is such a beautiful display and the twinkling tree in the back looks magical.! Those Santa mugs are adorable and those thermoses add such character with all the plaid. How nice that your husband picked one up for you! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    1. Thank you so much, Shelley! It was a pleasure to put this hot chocolate bar together and now it’s all on my kitchen counter, ready to be enjoyed. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving as well.


  2. Hi Paula,

    I love your mugs and the thermoses! Love them! Your hot cocoa bar looks amazing!
    Visiting from Everyday Edits in Colorado! Where we have a blizzard to kick off the hot cocoa bar challenge! laura

    1. Thank you, Laura! I just saw on Facebook a post from a friend whose son lives in Colorado. I believe he has 18″ of snow! Enjoy your snow and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


    1. Thank you so much Marty! I had so much fun putting this together. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


  3. Paula your cocoa bar is so cute. I love those mugs! I am feeling a little sad because I had a couple of those mugs years ago and sold them in a yard sale. Now I wish I hadn’t. UGH! I just love everything you placed in the space. Very pretty. Happy Holidays!

    1. Thank you so much, Terrie! I had so much fun with this challenge. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and congrats on your grandbaby news.


  4. Well, now I’m hooked on Santa mugs! I think that’s my new collection obsession. Yours are adorable and your thermoses are the same. What a wonderful set up. Love it! Thanks so much for joining in. Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Thank you so much, Cindy! This challenge was so much fun! You picked the perfect inspiration picture for this time of year.


  5. Your hot chocolate bar with vintage items is so pretty and nostalgic, Paula. I especially like your mugs… they all have hte same handle, but are all different, too! I love the cohesive differences! 😉 Pinned!

    1. Thank you, Julie! I loved this challenge and so much enjoyed seeing how everyone set up their hot chocolate bar. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


  6. I love your plaid thermoses, Paula! I don’t have any of them & think I should;) Also love your Santa mug collection; they’re so much fun since each has a different expression! So fun to see all your vintage finds!

    1. Thank you, Lora! I loved your hot chocolate bar. This was such a fun challenge. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


    1. I know you daughter is thrilled to be the recipient of mugs that you’ve collected for her. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


  7. What fun to see your vintage hot cocoa station, Paula! Those thermoses make me so nostalgic. There’s just something about the pattern on those. I absolutely ADORE your Santa mug collection, too. I’ve never seen so many different styles in one place. Always fun to see what treasures I’ll find here. Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Thank you, Crissy! I wish I’d collected plaid thermoses years ago before they became so popular. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving as well!


  8. I love all your Santa mugs, Paula! It is sweet that your students gifted you with lots of Christmas mugs over the years. <3 I saw your IG post ~ thank you for the link and tag!!! Your hot cocoa bar turned out great with the cute plaid thermoses!!! <3

    Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Christmas as we move into it! Your tree is lovely…
    Barb 🙂

  9. Paula, my favorite part of your hot chocolate bar is that so many of your containers and jars came from someone dear and have a story. And, of course, they are so cute. The thermoses are darling. My mom would make her coffee in the morning and then put it in a mug to keep it hot all day. Love the Santa mugs. And all the sweet goodies. Happy Thanksgiving and holidays.

    1. My basement is certainly full. Some is my treasures and some my husband’s. There’s definitely a lot to see down there!


  10. I love this hot chocolate bar. It does bring back happy memories and makes me feel all warm inside. I have chosen the post to be featured on Best of the Weekend. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Hi Paula!
    I have a clear snowman jar like that, too. I do not remember where it is from– probably a gift from a student. And I use my Keurig to heat hot water for hot cocoa or tea, too. You are being featured at Best of the Weekend tomorrow!
    Liberty @ B4andAfters.com

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