Hot Chocolate Station Essentials

hot chocolate station essentials for everyday and parties

 

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Who else is whipping up lots of hot chocolate right now? Ari’s two favourite things right now are tea parties and hot chocolate (with lots of marshmallows), and she got me thinking about the idea of a hot chocolate station.  They’re a fun addition to holiday parties or to have set up with everything you need for your favourite warm bevvies when you come in out of the cold (you can also add tea, coffee, maybe some Irish cream or Kahlua…;) ). I love the idea of setting up a station, but if you’re limited for space you can go vertical (use a tiered stand!) or stock a basket or container with your favourite essentials and tuck onto a shelf or into a cupboard and pull it out when you have guests coming over- or when you’re craving a hot sweet drink! 😉

Another twist on this idea is to put together a gift basket that includes everything you need for a deluxe hot chocolate- think a yummy mix, marshmallows (the gourmet mallows from Marsh&Mallow are the best), sprinkles, and some pretty cups – or add essentials to a cute togo cup like this one). I just realized I didn’t include a seasonal essential- candy canes!!!- but hopefully this post gives you some ideas. Side note: how cute with this be to have set up on Christmas for when you’re opening gifts? Add a few snacks and you’ve got a cute buffet!

I’ve included a few ideas from some of my favourite local shops in this post (see # 1, 2, 5, 6, and 9) + some easy to shop online ideas.Have you ever set up a hot chocolate or beverage station? What did you include?

Check out some local shops featured in this post!

Victoria Senges | Dainty Sprinkle Co | Paper + Parties Co | Marsh&Mallow

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Dried Orange Christmas Garland

Dried Orange Christmas Garland DIY

If you’re looking to add a little pop of colour to your holiday decorations this year, this dried orange Christmas garland is a pretty homemade addition and can be adapted to suit your decorating style. Go for simple with all- greens, or add in extras like ornaments, pinecones, cinnamon sticks, etc for a fuller option. Since we’re now officially counting down to Christmas I thought this would be the perfect DIY for the first weekend of December!

To dry the oranges you can you use a dehydrator or dry slices in the oven. Once they’re dried simply string them onto some twine or ribbon, or attach to a greenery garland; I used twine and a hot glue gun to make a small fresh greenery swag and added pinecones along with the orange slices for mine. To hang, either glue or tie on some ribbon or twine. You can also use the dried oranges to make pretty ornaments or a wreath (they’d also be cute tied on to gifts!). I like that this is a more traditional decorating idea, but one you can adapt to suit your home and decorating style. Enjoy a cozy afternoon whipping this up with a cup of eggnog by your side and some festive music.

Here’s how I made mine.

Materials

– 1- 2 medium oranges

– fresh greens

-ribbon and twine (tip: florist wire might also come in handy if you have it on hand)

-additional decorations such as pinecones, cinnamon sticks, ornaments, etc

Dried Orange Christmas Garland DIY

Directions

  1. For the dried orange slices: Slice your oranges approximately 1/8″ thick and place on some paper towel. Pat them dry on both sides to remove excess moisture. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet or onto the racks of a food dehydrator (I have a round one like this and love it). If you’re drying them in the oven set it on low (about 250°) for a few hours hours. Check them every hour or so and flip them so that they dry evenly on both sides. If you’re drying them in a dehydrator, you’ll probably need to do them overnight. You’ll know they’re dry when there’s absolutely no moisture left and they’ve turned a golden orange shade instead of bright orange.
  2. For the garland: Start by laying out your greens to see how you want to build your garland. Once you have the garland laid out, use a hot glue gun and some twine and/ or floral wire to attach it all together. Tip: the hot glue will help hold the shape/ structure- especially in the center (see below).

Dried Orange Christmas Garland DIY

2. Once you have constructed the garland, start adding in the decorative items. I opted for pinecones and some cream ribbon, along with the orange slices. 

Dried Orange Christmas Garland DIY  3.To hang, use a picture hook, thumb tack or removable hook (if you’re looking for some pretty options check out here and here).  

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Cyber Monday Sales

Cyber Monday sales- housewares and home

Who’s planning on doing some Cyber Monday Shopping today? I’m rounding up a few of the sales you can find online + some of home items that caught my eye. It’s a great time to pick up gifts on your list and maybe even something for yourself! 😉 What’s on your Cyber Monday shopping list??

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Cyber Monday Sales- fashion and accessories

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CYBER MONDAY SALES

Indigo | 40% off Jamie Oliver Cookware | 25% off S’well | 25% off Le Creuset + more 

Amazon– various

Topshop– 50% off + free shipping

H&M– 20% + free shipping with code 3095

Old Navy– 50% off entire site including clearance (discount applied at checkout)

Gap– 50% off + free shipping with code GAPCYBER

Joe Fresh– 40% off when you spend $100 | 30% off everything + free shipping

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Cozy Essentials

cozy essentials cozy essentials

Give me all the COZY VIBES! If you love curling up and getting cozy, this post is for you (also: some of these items are on sale! 😉 ). I’ve rounded up a few ideas to help you get your cozy on, including some storage ideas for corraling your favourite blankets and pillows, plus a few other details to set the cozy mood day + night. Just add a good book or your binge line up on Netflix and you’re set!

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Cozy Bonus: Get 60% select pillows and throws and 50% off candles at Chapters Indigo

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DIY Halloween Ghost Garland

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY

Halloween is right around the corner and if you’re looking for something fun to do with the kids, this easy DIY ghost garland is a perfect activity to get everyone in the spooky spirit. It’s simple to make and you just need a few materials that you probably already have. It’s perfect for little helpers who are getting excited for Halloween and it’s a fun way to kick off decorating for October 31. All you need is some tissue paper, glue, and twine and a little bit of glitter if you like a bit of sparkle. View Post