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Welcome to the third annual 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!

Stop by every day from December first through the twelfth for new ideas you can use to make your season brighter!

Meet your hosts:

Shirley~Intelligent Domestications I Alli~An Alli Event I Michelle~Our Crafty Mom I Marie~DIY Adulation 

Erlene~My Pinterventures I Beverly~Across The Blvd. I Debra~Shoppe No. 5 I Victoria~Dazzle While Frazzled

Megan~C’mon Get Crafty I Michelle~Michelle James Designs I Amanda~Domestically Creative

Deborah~Salvage Sister & Mister I Jeanie~Create & Babble I Sherry~Olives & Okra

Jenny~Cookies Coffee & Crafts I Emily~Domestic Deadline I Bonbon~Farmhouse 40

Leanna~Of Faeries & Fauna I Pam Larmore~P.S. I Love You Crafts I Kelly~North Country Nest I

Marie~The Inspiration Vault I Gail~Purple Hues and Me I Lynne~My Family Thyme I

Karen~Dragonfly and Lily Pads I Trisha~Blowing Away Out West Lorrin~Embrace The Perfect Mess I

Terri~Christmas Tree Lane I Sam~Raggedy Bits I Cyn~Creative Cynchronicity  Valeria~Val Event Gal 

Yami~The Latina Next Door I Jeannee~Centsably Creative I Tania~Little Vintage Cottage

 Lauren~Wonderfully Made I Vanessa~DIY 180 I Kimberly~A Wonderful Thought I

Kim~Everyday Parties  I Dru~Polka Dot Poplars

How to Throw Together a
Simple & Easy Hot Cocoa Bar

simple and easy hot cocoa bar

We’re past the halfway mark of the 12 Days of Christmas – can you believe it? I hope you’re getting some great holiday ideas to make your season even brighter 🙂

simple and easy hot cocoa bar

Here in Minnesota, we just had our first real snowfall, so it’s officially time to start cozying up with chunky blankets, warm sweats and of course, hot chocolate.

simple and easy hot cocoa bar

I’ve always been a hot chocolate fan. There’s just something about the rich and creamy taste that warms my heart… or maybe that’s the irish whiskey we throw in – who knows?! 😉

simple and easy hot cocoa bar

Putting together a bar for hot chocolate is not something I was familiar with, but have since gladly jumped on board. An entire bar dedicated to candies and sweets and hot chocolate goodies? Yes, please!

simple and easy hot cocoa bar

I knew I wanted something simple and easy to share, because who has the time to put an elaborate spread out, especially during the holiday season?!

simple and easy hot cocoa bar

The only ‘DIY’ I created, which took all of five minutes, were peppermint chocolate dipped plastic spoons. I sacraficed one for quality control purposes and it was absolutely delicious. Perhaps one of the best five minute decisions I’ve made in quite awhile 🙂

simple and easy hot cocoa bar

To add even more peppermint goodness to your cocoa, pick up a few fancy-looking mercury glass containers and stuff them to the brim with candy canes. They make the best stir sticks and add look extra festive.

simple and easy hot cocoa bar

On the other side of the spoons, I put white and milk chocolate chips in metal clasp containers, in case the cocoa drinkers want to go au natural and mix up their own drink from scratch. For the less ambitious folk, I put out a pre-made cocoa mix, also in a clasped jar.

simple and easy hot cocoa bar

The tiered tray has all your other necessities like mugs, cookies and the cocoa staple – marshmallows.

simple and easy hot cocoa bar

To tie the table together, I made a faux flower boquet of natural greenery and one cranberry stem for a pop of color.

simple and easy hot cocoa bar

Now off to really make sure those chocolate covered spoons are still tasting up to par 😉

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Table runner [it’s actually a scarf!]
Mercury glass votive candle holders [similar style]
Metal clasp jars
Tiered tray [similar style]
Cocoa mugs
Santa bucket [similar style]
Chicken wire vase [similar style]


Be sure to visit our fellow 12 Days of Christmas Bloggers below for even more creative ideas this holiday season!

All our best,




  1. Jenny

    The faux floral bouquet is beautiful. The simple ideas are great to always have the hot coca bar ready

  2. Leanna

    Everything looks so neat and organized, I really like the three tier stand you have and how you utilized it. It looks wonderful and I love Irish whiskey in coffee, so I bet its wonderful.

    • North Country Nest

      Thanks, Leanna! Glad to hear you’re on the Irish Whiskey train, too 🙂

  3. Debrashoppeno5

    I love how you displayed all of the makings for a hot cocoa bar. It has it all and looks so pretty.



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