One year, my school had the most amazing mom in charge of teacher appreciation. She always surprised us with cute snacks in mason jars, elaborate lunches, and little gifts to show appreciation. She always included cute printed signs or a chalkboard describing the spread. Her attention to detail made us feel truly valued. Since I’m hoping to shift the focus from getting to giving this Christmas, I decided to thank some people in our lives with a hot cocoa bar. You could also add this to the list of kind acts if you choose to have a Kindness Elf in your home this Christmas!
Miss H and I both had fun with it! Target has cute buffalo plaid decor in their dollar spot right now, so I grabbed a few things to decorate our cocoa bar. I try to keep things simple, but I wanted to show that I put some effort into it! Miss H picked out chocolate chips, marshmallows, and peppermints. When it came time to set up, she was eager to help. And not once did she ask for cocoa. I think we’re getting the point!
What you need for a hot cocoa bar:
- Hot cocoa mix
- A Crock Pot to fill with cocoa, or a Hot Pot (you can heat the water and then have people mix in the cocoa on their own
- Mason jars
- Spoons, for treats and stirring
- Clothes pins
- Mini chocolate chips
- Soft peppermint candies
- Other toppings
- A ladle
- Signs to label the toppings
I made these signs because I couldn’t find anything else on Pinterest that fit our purpose. The second set has blank cards so you can decide on your own toppings. Using the clothes pins, I clipped the little signs on the mason jars to label marshmallows, etc.