Do you ever see something in passing and immediately become obsessed with the idea? Then try to find ways to recreate it for yourself?
I am like this with so many things, but I believe it’s mostly because I’m always looking for ways to improve myself, my lifestyle and/or my surroundings. As they say, there’s always room for improvement, right?
I recently came across a blog post about a hot chocolate bar that the author had set up in her kitchen. I was immediately and completely enthralled with the idea. Not surprisingly, I spent a few days tossing the idea around in my head, trying to figure out how I could make this work. What started as a hot chocolate bar quickly became a hot beverage station.
The first problem? The blogger was using a tiered stand for her cute little display. I’ve looked into purchasing one of these before, and I just couldn’t bring myself to spend $50 (or more) for it, especially when I’m trying to get rid of clutter, not add to it. So I thought of ways to make my own stand. I have plenty of cake pans from my cake business days and seriously considered turning my paisley cake pan set into one. I ended up scrapping that idea entirely.
The next problem was where I was going to put all this stuff in my small kitchen. Adding something to my kitchen always starts off as a great idea until I realize I have to actually remove something or reorganize my most-used items. I had a metal bakers rack unit in my kitchen and I loved it, but the shelves were metal rods, and they all tilted forward and down. I realized many of the items I wanted to include in this project were made of glass, and I was afraid of things sliding off the shelves and breaking.
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I remembered we had a wooden hutch (that resembled a bakers rack) in the basement. It housed all of my cake supplies. While my husband usually relents when it comes to my ideas, he isn’t always impressed with my projects, especially if it involves moving furniture! When I decided to swap out the two units, I decided to make it as easy for him as possible, promising to clear both units ahead of time. I just needed the muscle!
After moving the units and cleaning everything, it was time for the fun part. Arranging and decorating the hot beverage station!
The blog post I fell in love with showed her hot chocolate bar all decked out for Christmas, and as I’m not quite there yet, I decided to go with a fall theme. Unfortunately, the coffee maker didn’t make it. It was too tall, and placing it on top just didn’t seem smart.
I added trays of various types and definitely puttered with the placement FOREVER. I put food items into mason jars of various sizes. This tied in nicely with the other glass items I had.
For my hot beverage station, I included:
- marshmallows, large and mini
- graham crackers
- burlap runners
- pine cones
- pressed fall leaves
- LED lights
And yes, you definitely DO see a box of wine in there! I just adore how my hot beverage station turned out. My husband was quite impressed and of course, our son Caleb was practically drooling.
If a hot beverage station (or hot chocolate bar) is something you’d like to create for your own home, space is not a concern. It can be a tiered stand on a counter, a tray or two on a side table. It can even a centerpiece if you have a large dining room table.
I’d love to hear your thoughts about creating a hot beverage station 🙂