Christmas Decorating, Outdoors or In: A Holiday Hot Cocoa Stand

Article Posted By: Eden Passante

Christmas Decorating, Outdoors or In: A Holiday Hot Cocoa Stand

She states it right there in the About section of her blog, Sugar and Charm: Eden Passante has a passion for sweet recipes. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that she managed to get sweets into her Holiday Style Challenge.

Just to explain, our Holiday Style Challenge series involves sending mystery boxes of Home Depot Christmas decorations to some of our favorite design and lifestyle bloggers. We then get out of the way as the bloggers create fun and creative holiday decor in their own unique ways.

Eden had the brilliant idea of setting up a hot cocoa stand in her front yard, all decked out for Christmas. Her Christmas decorating ideas would work for a fun outdoor cocoa party, weather permitting. Judging from the photos, it must have been a chilly day when Eden set up her cocoa stand. And if it’s too cold for an outdoor holiday party where you live, these ideas will work equally well indoors.

Speaking of the apparently chilly day for Eden’s cocoa stand… let’s just say that looks can be deceiving, as you’ll discover.

My challenge was to style an outdoor area, so my passion for entertaining and undeniable sweet-tooth lead to creating the perfect and easy holiday hot cocoa stand. We live in a neighborhood where, during the summer months, there’s a lemonade stand on every corner, but I’ve yet to see a hot cocoa stand!

Christmas Decorating, Outdoors or In: A Holiday Hot Cocoa Stand

My goal was to design something effortless and charming that would make people want to stop for a little Christmas in a cup.
I used a utility cart (that I refabbed with spray paint previously) for the stand instead of making something new. It was great because the extra shelves were perfect for holding supplies, plus it’s easy to roll outside and clean-up is simple!

Christmas Decorating, Outdoors or In: A Holiday Hot Cocoa Stand

I attached a large, festive Christmas wreath to the front, which instantly added some Christmas cheer to the cart! It was so simple, yet so charming.

Christmas Decorating, Outdoors or In: A Holiday Hot Cocoa Stand

Christmas Decorating, Outdoors or In: A Holiday Hot Cocoa Stand

To decorate the surrounding area, I used four pre-lit medium size trees. I spray painted two of the bases a light blue color to add some color variation. Plus I love the light blue and red color theme for Christmas! I also hung a pre-lit garland.

Christmas Decorating, Outdoors or In: A Holiday Hot Cocoa Stand

Christmas Decorating, Outdoors or In: A Holiday Hot Cocoa Stand

I also set up a 7-ft tall artificial Christmas tree in the corner and decorated it with simple, but stunning blue and green glittery ornaments. It looked beautiful and added so much to the overall Christmas decor.

Christmas Decorating, Outdoors or In: A Holiday Hot Cocoa Stand

If you don’t have any hooks for bulbs, a fun tip is to use festive twine and tie them to the tree! It’s a simple way to attach them and it looks adorable!

Fake snow on firewood

As most of you know, it does not snow in Southern California (except for the mountains) and I thought it would be really fun to sprinkle faux snow all over the ground, on the cart and in the trees! It actually made it look cold in the photos and brought smiles to our neighbors’ faces. There weren’t any snowball fights, but they loved it!

Christmas ornaments in an apothecary jar

Christmas Decorating, Outdoors or In: A Holiday Hot Cocoa Stand

To dress up the cart, I added a glass apothecary jar filled with beautiful ornaments. I also scattered a few of these pretty bell ornaments around the shelf for an effortless holiday touch.

Homemade marshmallows at a holiday cocoa stand

Peppermint sprinkles

Peppermint sprinkles

Homemade holiday spice cake

Homemade holiday spice cake

Of course it’s not a hot cocoa stand without hot cocoa and treats! To make it extra special, I made a yummy milk chocolate hot cocoa, homemade marshmallows, peppermint sprinkles and homemade holiday spice cake! The hot cocoa stand was a huge hit and it was such blast creating and enjoying it!

Eden Passante founded her blog Sugar and Charm in early 2010 to share her passion for sweet recipes, hosting inspiration and easy ways to add charm to the daily life. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and darling baby boy, Romeo.

We have tons more Christmas decorating ideas here on The Home Depot Blog in our Holiday Style Challenge series. Follow our Holiday Style Challenge pinboard on Pinterest, too.

Visit The Home Depot’s online Holiday Decorations Department for everything you need to decorate for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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