SHE’S CRAFTY! This week our DIY blogger Alana Jones-Mann is taking holiday entertaining to a new level with a delicious and delightful hot chocolate bar. Just follow the simple instructions to create your own and start the celebration!



Take your holiday party to the next level with a hot chocolate bar. With all the fixings one could want, this bar is sure to be a hit for kids and adults alike.


• Chalkboard
• Handmade stencil (optional)
• Scissors
• Ruler
• Chalk Pencil


• Tablecloth
• Beverage server
• Glasses or Mugs
• Rolled wafers (or candy canes)
• Containers or Bowls (for the fixings)
• The Fixings: mini chocolate chips, marshmallows, peppermint, peanut brittle, etc.
• Cocktail napkins


• 2 cups powdered sugar
• 1 cup cocoa powder
• 2 ½ cups powdered milk
• 1 tsp salt
• 2 tsp cornstarch
• Water




Step #1: Chalk Up A Sign
Note: If you don’t happen to have access to a chalkboard, you can easily make one. Just grab some chalk paint at your local hardware store and find a surface to paint on. Old photo frames easily turn into chalkboards—all you have to do is paint the glass. Chalk paint works well on a lot of surfaces, just make sure you’re no longer going to need what you’re painting!

Of course you can freehand your sign, but if you’re like me and are not too crazy about your handwriting you can make a stencil. To create your own stencil, use a computer to design the words you want to have on your board and print them out at 200%. Once printed, cut out along the border of the words and position each word onto your board. Make sure to have a ruler handy when positioning the words to ensure you’re working on a straight line.

Using your chalk pencil, lightly trace around each word. A thin line is much easier to erase in case your spacing is off a bit! Once you have the words outlined, check your spacing, fix any errors, and then fill in your words. The wonderful thing about chalk pencils is that you can erase where mistakes are made—they are absolutely amazing.



Step #2: Prep Your Table
Set a tablecloth over your table. I went with a tartan plaid for mine, and added a burlap runner as well , but use whatever works best with your own décor. Once the table is covered, position your beautiful chalkboard sign on the table and then place your beverage server and your glasses. Since straws aren’t conducive to hot drinks, add some rolled wafers to each glass to act as drink stirrers.

Next, add some bowls for the fixings. I used tin containers for my table and added mini chocolate chips, marshmallows, peppermint bark and some peanut brittle. As a final touch, I added some chocolate covered macaroons to the table for guests to enjoy. Make sure to have some cocktail napkins on your table as well, especially if there will be younger guests at your party.


Step #3: Serve!
Once your table is set, add your mix to your beverage server. For the mix, combine all of the dry ingredients and add equal parts water and mix to the server. If you prefer to only use water in your beverage server, fill up each glass halfway with the mix beforehand. Either way, guests will love being able to create their own cocoa concoctions. And with a table as cute as this, your hot chocolate bar will be the talk of the party!

Sidenote : the hot chocolate recipe included above also makes for a great holiday gift. Last year I filled mason jars with mix and added a ribbon and note to each jar with instructions. Simple and delicious!