Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe + Christmas Tablescape
Thanksgiving is behind us and Christmas is before us and I'm into the holiday decor and Christmas music full swing! I'm slowly working my way through the house added touches of Christmas cheer :)
While I don't care to get into the ever popular "to decorate or not to decorate before Thanksgiving" debate I did however wait until after Thanksgiving. Not for any particular reason, but simply because we didn't have any Christmas decor and I did not have the time over the holidays as we traveled. I like to compromise so if you are looking for an answer to this great debate I would say it would be ok to start before Thanksgiving, just don't turn on the lights! hah! Anyway...
I DID actually set up my dining room tablescape before Thanksgiving (oops) but have waited to share any Christmas related blogs until after the Thanksgiving holiday. :)
I just love changing up my table and dishes to fit the seasons and holidays. It makes our home feel more festive and cozy!
For my tablescape I used a cake stand from Home Goods to act as a pedestal for those adorable white-washed wooden Christmas trees that I snagged from the Target Dollar section for $3.00 a piece! I used greenery and pinecones to give the table an earthy touch. The best part? The greenery and pine cones were free! Yep - just head to your nearest park or walking trail and see what you can find! One time Collin and I stumbled upon a persimmon tree and I just couldn't help myself - I had to grab a bag full of those adorable little red fruits lol!
I topped my tablescape off with some pillar candles to give it some light and bright and voila!
The gold chargers and coasters were given to me by my sweet mama but you can snag a similar look at Hobby Lobby for $2.00 a charger!
-I've linked a similar cake stand for you here!
Tall glass drinking glasses are from Target as well!
My dishes are Emma from Pottery Barn as well as the copper flatware.
The cream and grey patterned napkins are also from my momma but I'm currently plotting my Spring tablescape already and I've got my eye on the Kate Spade collection at Bed Bath and Beyond!
I'm also sharing a warm and cozy homemade hot chocolate recipe with you for this winter!
I found this awesome recipe online from Momables!
This will make 5 cups. I added a peppermint candy cane for taste and aesthetics and a dash of cinnamon or a cinnamon stick wouldn't hurt either! :)
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup granulated sugar
⅓ cup hot water
⅛ tsp salt
4 cups milk (Dairy or non-dairy)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine the cocoa, sugar, water, and salt in a medium saucepan.
Over medium heat, stir constantly until the mixture boils. Cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute.
Stir in the milk and heat, but do not boil.
Remove from the heat and add vanilla; stir well. Serve immediately.
Well I hope you guys are getting into the Christmas spirit like I have been! It's such a magical, special and significant time of year. I enjoy every minute!
Stephanie Grace Benton