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How to Set Up A Hot Cocoa Bar Using PIPE DECOR® Bar Cart and Shelves Cover

How to Set Up A Hot Cocoa Bar Using PIPE DECOR® Bar Cart and Shelves

As the yuletide breeze wraps us in its festive embrace, there’s nothing quite like a cup of hot cocoa to warm the chilly evenings and make them extra special. And as enjoyable as it is to enjoy a hot cup of cocoa by yourself, the season calls for sharing, and what better way to do it than with a hot cocoa bar for everyone to share and enjoy? With the stylish bar carts and shelves from PIPE DECOR®, you can create a delightful hot cocoa station that’s not just a treat for the taste buds but also a feast for the eyes. Let’s dive into how you can transform these pieces into the centerpiece of your Christmas celebrations.

Three-tier Wood Shelf Industrial Bar Cart with Locking Wheels, Trail Brown

Start with the Perfect Base: The Bar Cart

The PIPE DECOR® bar cart is where the magic begins. Its industrial chic design provides both the charm and functionality needed for your hot cocoa station. And with its caster wheels, you can easily wheel it into your desired spot - maybe next to the Christmas tree or by the fireplace - and let’s start decking it out.**

Step 1: Layer with Festive Linens

Add a tablecloth or runner with the colors of the season. Consider red or green tablecloths or some Christmas-themed runners. This adds a pop of holiday spirit and also serves as protection to the cart’s surface from spills and drips.

Step 2: Stock Up on Cocoa Essentials

Of course, no hot cocoa station is complete without the essentials. Fill glass jars or festive tins with rich cocoa powder, fluffy marshmallows, and an assortment of chocolate chips and candy canes. Label each jar with stylish tags for an added touch of sophistication. And don’t forget to add a sugar pot and creamer or whipped cream for those who like their hot cocoa extra sweet and creamy.

Step 3: Mugs at the Ready

On the next tier of the bar cart, line up a variety of mugs. You can either go for a more rustic feel with chunky, ceramic bugs or go with sleek, modern ones for a more contemporary vibe. Mix and match styles for a cozy, eclectic look, or keep it uniform for a more sleek vibe. You may even consider adding in a few Christmas-themed mugs for the added extra dose of cheer.

Step 4: Personalized Christmas Touch

Now add more seasonal touches. Add Christmas trinkets between the jars and tins of cocoa essentials, drape a string of soft, golden fairy lights for a warm glow, and hang a small handmade wreath on the side of the cart. There are plenty of Christmas decor options for you to adorn your bar cart/hot cocoa station with. Take your pick and mix and match to your heart's content.

RESTORE Autumn Brown 36 in. Shelves with Angled Brackets

Elevate Your Hot Cocoa Station With Shelves

Now let’s turn our attention to our PIPE DECOR® shelves. These shelves are sturdy and stylish and can be used for a lot of purposes. For this project, we’ll be mounting these shelves near our bar cart to provide easy access to various toppings and add-ons for your hot cocoa station.

Step 1: Organize Toppings

Arrange a selection of spices and flavorings on your shelf. Tiny bowls or rustic spice jars can hold cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, vanilla pods, and sea salt. Each of these ingredients can add a unique twist to a classic cocoa. And with properly labeled and Christmas-themed containers, you can add both organization and charm to your setup.

Step2: Add in Sweet Extras

Everyone enjoys their cup of hot cocoa a little differently. And for those who love to experiment with their brew, add a section filled with extra ingredients that aren’t exactly part of the classic cocoa brew. Add in small pitchers of caramel or hazelnut syrup, or even small bottles of liqueur for the adults to enjoy a spiked version.

Step 3: Shelf Styling

Now that you’ve got the essentials and add-ons for your hot cocoa station, it’s time to add more style to your shelf. Embellish your shelves with small Christmas-themed decor. From garlands to evergreens or a string of twinkling Christmas lights, any of these decorative elements will surely elevate your shelves into a festive display. Add in splashes of the season's color of red, green, and gold and you’re good to go.

Adding Finishing Touches

Adding Finishing Touches

To make your hot cocoa bar truly inviting, consider the overall ambiance. Place a plush, holiday-themed rug in front of the bar cart, inviting guests to linger. Add in a basket of soft, knitted throws to encourage everyone to cozy up and cuddle up with their cup of cocoa.

Another way to set the mood is with a playlist of holiday classics playing in the background, creating an atmosphere that’s both festive and relaxing. Add in some warm lighting with a pipe lamp and you’ve completed a cozy ambiance perfect for enjoying a cup of hot cocoa.

With these unique touches, your PIPE DECOR® bar cart and shelves become more than just furniture; they transform into the heart of your holiday home, a place where laughter is shared, and memories are made over steaming mugs of delicious hot cocoa.

So, gather around, fill up those mugs, and toast to the joys of Christmas. Here’s to a season filled with warmth, laughter, and plenty of hot cocoa!


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