Hot Cocoa Stand for the Holidays


By: Lindi Haws of Love The Day

Christmas is upon us and it’s time to deck the halls and host your holiday parties! A hot cocoa stand or station is a great way to warm up your friends and a fun way to get people into the holiday spirit. This physical stand was made for my daughter’s baptism, but we turned it into a hot cocoa stand for Christmas. 


I used bright red, white and green paper fans and DIY paper plate peppermints to spruce up the stand and hung peppermint and pennant garlands in the front for color. I stacked white crates in front of the stand to give the display some dimension and scattered glittered peppermint balls to tie in the theme. 


For food, I kept the menu simple, but delicious. I decided to serve hot chocolate and fresh, old-fashioned donuts. They were a total crowd pleaser. The hot chocolate was served in adorable Mason jar dispensers and poured into peppermint-rimmed Chinet® Cut Crystal® 9 oz. cups.



To rim the cups, I placed the Chinet Cut Crystal cups in Karo syrup and immediately dipped them in crushed peppermint. I let the cups dry upside down for about fifteen minutes. They turned out so cute and gave the hot chocolate a great peppermint flavor. 


I placed the donuts on a milk glass cake stand for display, but served the donuts on Chinet Cut Crystal dessert plates.

The hot chocolate, donuts and a little Christmas music made for a fantastic and festive afternoon. What are you doing for the holidays? We’d love to hear your plans! Share with us using #MyChinetParty on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 


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Lindi Haws is the founder of Love The Day. There is nothing Lindi loves more than finding unique and creative ways to celebrate the most important days in life. From printable products to creative DIY decor, Lindi creates ways to make parties memorable so others can love the day.