Create a Festive Hot Chocolate Station on a Tray for Your Christmas Party

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Are you ready to elevate your Christmas party experience? Why not add a touch of warmth and sweetness with a DIY Hot Chocolate Station on a tray? It’s a delightful and interactive way to let your guests create their own epic hot chocolate masterpieces. And the best part? It’s budget-friendly and oh-so-easy to set up!


Every day this week, I’m sharing some creative ways to use a big round wooden tray for your festive gatherings this year. I hope these ideas inspire you as you enjoy the Holiday season with loved ones!

Materials You’ll Need:

  • Large Round Wooden Tray (mine is this 16″ tray from Canadian Tire)
  • Hot Chocolate Mix (in a charming jar)
  • Serving Spoon
  • Small Bowls
  • White and Milk Chocolate Chips
  • Small and Large Marshmallows
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Assorted Candies (Chocolate Covered Pretzels, Caramels, Mint-Flavored M&M Candies, Mint Chocolate Sticks, Candy Canes)
  • Festive Mugs
  • Napkins
  • Kettle with Hot Water

Setting Up Your Hot Chocolate Station on a Tray:

1. Centerpiece Jar

Start by placing the jar of hot chocolate mix in the center of a large, round wooden tray. I like to use my upcycled jam jars for this. You can add a variety of hot chocolate flavours, or just one.

2. Chocolate Chip Bowls

Arrange small bowls on the tray and fill them with a generous amount of white and milk chocolate chips. Who can resist the allure of melting chocolate?

3. Marshmallow Magic

Create sections around the bowls for small and large marshmallows. It’s all about making it visually appealing and easily accessible.

4. Cinnamon Sensation

Add a charming pile of cinnamon sticks for a hint of spice. It’s the secret ingredient that takes hot chocolate to the next level.

5. Candy Wonderland

Now, let your creativity shine! Sprinkle the hot chocolate station tray with your favorite candies like chocolate-covered pretzels, caramels, mint-flavored M&M candies, mint chocolate sticks, and candy canes. The more, the merrier!

6. Mug and Napkin Arrangement for your Hot Chocolate Station

Complete the look by strategically placing festive mugs and napkins around the tray. It’s all about creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere. Add some tongs or more serving spoons to the platter.

Let the Hot Chocolate Magic Begin!

When it’s time to indulge, guests can grab a mug, add hot chocolate mix, pour hot water from the kettle, and customize their drink with the delightful array of toppings. It’s a festive and fun surprise, perfect for post-school holiday cheer!

Why I Love This Hot Chocolate Station Tray Idea:

Interactive Fun

Guests become their own hot chocolate artists, adding a personal touch to their beverages.


The station can be customized with your favorite treats, making it suitable for various occasions.


Create a memorable experience without breaking the bank.

So, there you have it – a simple yet charming Hot Chocolate Station that adds a sprinkle of joy to your Christmas celebrations. Get ready to warm hearts and create delicious memories!

If you like this hot chocolate station tray, you might also like my budget-friendly hot chocolate station idea where I use upcycled jars! Check it out here.

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