Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Just add water... (and hoodlums)

It's not super cold here yet but it is that time of year... the time when everyone in blog land begins assembling the cutest little hot cocoa stations you have ever seen!  And here's the cool part.  Every hot cocoa station I've seen lately seems to be reflective of the personality of the person assembling it.  I've seen elegant ones with silver and pretty touches, I've also seen vintage thermoses (LOVE) and even some with colorful stripey straws.  They all seem to match the people and their homes.  Do you love that as much as I do?

So yeah... not sure what that says about me exactly... I kind of walked around grabbing whatever I could find that I mostly had on hand already.  (I guess that does sound like me after all.  Ha!)
Here's what I came up with.  

Peppermint hot cocoa (Trader Joes) 
Peppermint candies and a little glass footed dish for them. (from my grocery store) 
A tiny bottle brush tree (present from my man) 
Little turquoise pitcher (present from this blog reader)
Marshmallows (small and large) 
Tiny clear scoops (I've had them forever... can't remember where I bought them) 
Two jars for cocoa and marshmallows
Tray for keeping things tidy (Ikea)
Bamboo skewers and crushed candy cane pieces and scissors
Chocolate chips for melting
Mugs (Ikea) and stirring spoons.

 I made fun little marshmallow stirrer/dippers by cutting the pointed ends off, skewering a marshmallow, dipping it into melted chocolate then into crushed candy cane.  Easy. 
 Tiny scoops went into clean jars filled with the goods...
 A couple of cute polka dotted mugs... see I don't hate red... just need it in tiny doses.  (grin)
 
 All ready for hoodlums to hit the door after school. 

 I ask you.. is there anything happier than a tray of hot cocoa fixins?

Do you do this in the winter season too?



32 comments:

  1. I love it! Adorbs! Totally! But, my doggies would jump up and steal those scrumptios marshmallows! ;)

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  2. I really hate that I misspelled scrumptious in my previous comment. le sigh...

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  3. i JUST made a little cocoa station too :) i love yours. i want those marshmallows!!

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  4. I love it. Just saw it on IG. Great job. Have you seen the teeny tiny marshmallows ??? I picked up some at Target today - they are so cute.

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  5. Way fun! I made some chocolate covered spoons and marshmallows and dipped them in different sprinkles as a gift for my nephews. But I think all your hard work and organization makes your hot cocoa bar for the win!

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  6. That is the cutest! I'm sure your kiddos loved it!
    I often do a hot chocolate bar for parties this time of year & I think it could definitely benefit from some of those polka-dotted mugs! Too bad (or maybe good thing?) the closest IKEA is 8 hours away! :)

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  7. Adorable! I'm having a Christmas party this Saturday night and I'm so inspired!!! Thanks for sharing.

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  8. This is one of the cutest ideas I have ever seen! I love it! Those polka dotted mugs are adorable, too. Sadly, it doesn't get cool enough here in the islands to call for hot cocoa very often. I love set up, though!

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  9. Man, it's great bein' a kid in your house...;0)

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  10. Not this time of year! I love the little dipped marshmallows in sticks.

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  11. Love it!! The chocolate/peppermint marshmallows are such a great idea!! The mugs and pitcher are darling!!

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  12. I'm all about hot cocoa this time of year! Well, any time of year really. :)

    I've enjoyed looking at everyone's stations too. Yours is super cute! I bet your kiddos loved it.

    Planning on having a "hot cocoa party" as part of our Advent celebration this year...Maybe I'll make a little station of our own to add to the fun! Thanks for the idea.

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  13. This is the first year I'm doing this after seeing all the cute ideas the past couple of years. I'll be posting soon. Yours is adorable.

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  14. So cute.... where did you get the polka dot mugs ?

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  15. Sorry I didn't read.... ikea a polka dot mugs :)

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  16. This is such a cute idea, and the pictures are beautiful! Think I need to go make a cocoa station now..... :)

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  17. love these colors and i want to drink some cocoa now. you make the best things. ever.

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  18. I love you for using the word "stripey."
    I think those dotted mugs are adorable (oh, Ikea, how I miss you).
    I want to come and live with you. Or just visit. We could start with a visit. :)
    Your home is just so inviting and cozy. You make it so special.

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  19. Even your hot chocolate station is cute. : )
    I also do a hot chocolate station, but it's not as cute as yours. We have limited space, so I just put a little area together on the counter with some, mugs, candy canes and our Keurig and Keurig carousel with apple cider K cups and dark chocolate k cups.

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  20. What a cute idea! I always love your ideas and little pretties!!! I also wish I was able to do stuff like that!!!!

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  21. I love it all! your kids are the luckiest! I have a little station that inspired me too after what I have seen on blogs but yours has that extra special LMM touch! the marshmallows look super yummy and your mugs are super cute!

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  22. Your the best mom ever!!! Can I come live with you????

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  23. Instagram was not enough for me! Had to come visit....love this and look forward to reading more!!

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  24. Well, isn't this just the cutest thing...EVER!!! Now I have to make one for my girls! Thanks for the inspiration :)

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  25. So cute, as always you are awesome at this. Love the marshmallows I need one now! Thanks for the shout out so happy you can use it.

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  26. As an ex-Trader Joe's employee take my advice... stock up on the seasonal items like hot chocolate now. They run out every year and people go nuts trying to get the stuff before Christmas.

    I love your blog. Your photos are amazing and those marshmallows on sticks look fabulous!

    Rebecca♥

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  27. Mmmm...those pops look good! I think I just got another mom-and-son project to try together. Still praying for your son, by the way.

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  28. for some crazy reason, i've never thought about how hot chocolate stations are similar to the personalities of the people who make them....what in the world does my hot chocolate station say about me? #dyingtoknow

    girl, i love yours...i love that you are so resourceful...I try to be, too! I LOVE using what I have on hand....it's kind of the story behind my decorating style...

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  29. I have never thought of doing this, but love the idea. I have seen it around too, so may try it. I just try to avoid a lot of sugar in my kids after school, as I have one with ADHD that gets her pm med booster at school and then it wears off and she's super hyper. Anyway, I might try it for the weekend though, I think that would be a fun thing to do. Yours looks lovely. :-)

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  30. Wish I was a hoodlum - love it! So creative!
    It's not cocoa weather over this part of blogland (the South Pacific) -- but if it were I would be setting up a cute little cocoa station too!

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  31. SO doing this on xmas morning. And WANT those polka dot mugs! Like bad. realy bad.

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  32. I actually thought of you today when i was in my local jubilee ( like a Christian thrift place here in amish country) I guess kinda weird when i am randomly shopping and your blog pops into my head, but it was totally bc i squeeled with delight when i found a 1950s thermos all RED and checkered ( yeah red heheheh) I LOVE vintage kitsch and well... my hubby looked at me in horror like "WHAT ARE U DOING!" which brings me back to u talking about peoples hot choc bars mirroring your personality... and I was so like ready to buy it and i can see it on my table and a snowy day and the kids running in and drinking from this vintage thermos.... but i ended up not buying it bc i got the " are you crazy look" from my hubby... OHH WELL... so sorry for the book! thats my ehem " little story"

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