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Our Hot Chocolate Bar *plus* Other Christmas Random

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

It's been a long time since I've posted a "normal" post other than Advent and Literary Friday posts, but we're finally home with no organized activities planned for several days.  YAY!!!!!  *doing my happy dance*

Pinterest and bloggy buddies' posts about Hot Chocolate Stations encouraged me to put one together for my family.  I made it on the large low bookcase behind our sofa facing our kitchen.  Here are some highlights:

I was standing in the kitchen facing out family room when I took this photo.

I received an early Christmas present:  Hot Chocolate Pot from MacKenzie-Childs.  The sugar caster holds vanilla sugar.

My sorority sister Fran gave me some delicious goodies for the Hot Chocolate Bar.  She also made me an ADORABLE scarf in Zeta turquoise!

We have hot chocolate spoons, a selection of sprinkles, peppermint, variety of marshmallows, and sugars for our cocoa concoctions.  

I added the tray in case of spillage.  I don't want to ruin our cute red and white ticking runner!

I decorated the bookcase, too.

Hot Chocolate Bars must needs cookies!

Ellen came to book club and brought me this sweet hostess gift.  She knows me very well...

and she brought me tea!!!

Arrangement for book club

Our sweet neighbors Chris and Nicole came over last night and brought us these delicious cookies.  I love the box, too!

Fat Santa just chillin'

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. Lovely and I love the Hot Chocolate Bar, perfect. :-)

  2. I love vintage Christmas balls in bowls! And what a pretty hot chocolate bar. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas! Holiday hugs, Diane

  3. Everything looks so pretty at your house. Your hot chocolate bar is inviting and in the perfect spot. I bet there's sampling happening as people go past. Of course, your MC collection is gorgeous!

  4. Beautiful touches & I love the hot chocolate bar!

  5. I just may need to create a hot chocolate bar. Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. Everything always looks so warm, cozy and happy chez toi!! I love it. I have been so busy with my new job that I have missed visiting. Please note that there is something on its way to you from Québec. So sorry for the delay!! LIFE. ;)

  7. Ricki Jill,
    Your home is absolutely adorable for Christmas, makes me happy to see your photos. If I were a guest and saw that cute blackboard hot chocolate bar I'd be smiling from ear to ear sipping my mugfull in one of your adorable mugs.

  8. Love your hot chocolate bar. Yummo! All your beautiful touches for the holidays are wonderful.
    Love your "fat santa" just chillin! Too cute.

  9. This is adorable! I love the concept- I'd be over at your house every day, visiting that hot chocolate bar (with a book, of course). :D
    I also love the 'Christmas balls in a bowl' concept. Aubrey at High-Heeled Love was just talking about doing a similar thing. I think it's more graceful and chic than just hanging them on a tree. As always, your decor is like something out of Sunset Magazine!

  10. Aww -- you are so sweet! I really enjoyed the meeting and getting to know some new friends.

    Your home is so charming, and your collection of the pastel McKC pottery is incredible! I don't think I have ever seen such a great infusion of light into a house which worked so well with the colors (you know I am love with that pink island!). It is serendipity for sure. Hope you all have a wonderful holiday.

  11. That is such a cute and "Merry" hot chocolate bar, Ricki Jill! That is just the cutest cocoa pot!

    Warm hugs,

  12. Love your hot chocolate bar RJ, very impressive. I made one last year but on a small area of my kitchen counter so i didn't have room to do much. Love your display shelves underneath and all the pretty MC there.


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