How to Set a Red Truck Tablescape for Christmas Brunch,

Santa’s Hot Chocolate Bar with hot chocolate recipe is just two treats he has in his bag.  Whether you leave hot chocolate and cookies for Santa or offer hot chocolate to your friends and family this hot chocolate bar will bring great smiles from everyone. Serve this hot chocolate for Christmas Brunch.

Consider setting up this bar on your dining room buffet or your entry table.  A thermos or electric kettle holds the hot chocolate for easy self service. Condiments like flavored syrups, candies, and marshmallows add to the festive bar.  Serve this hot chocolate in Santa Mugs. Festive cocktail napkins will help with any accidental drips or spills.

Best Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar
Best Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar

Serve Hot Chocolate Bar for Christmas Breakfast Buffet

Not sure what to serve with breakfast on Christmas morning? This hot chocolate bar will be a great option.  Expand your garnish options such as fresh whipped cream, ground cinnamon, and favorite candies or sprinkles to add to the hot chocolate.  Peppermint candy canes could also be your stir sticks in the Santa mug.

Santas Favorite Hot Chocolate

How to Set a Red Truck Tablescape for Christmas Brunch,

How to Set a Red Truck Tablescape for Christmas Brunch,

How to Set a Red Truck Tablescape for Christmas Brunch,

Set your table in front of your fireplace if you have one.  Just makes Christmas warm and cozy. 

How to Set a Red Truck Tablescape for Christmas Brunch,

Back to the Hot Chocolate Bar

Mini marshmallows and chocolate chips are two items that are must haves for the hot chocolate bar.  Of course large or snowflake marshmallows would be great too.  Another candy idea is York Peppermint Patties on a stick.  If you have time make your own marshmallows.  This recipe is easy and you can cut the mallows in any shape you want.

Setting up the Condiments for Hot Chocolate Bar

Christmas hot chocolate bar condiments
Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar

Be sure to set out a cup to hold stir sticks or spoons.  That will help everyone with stirring and little to clean up.  Having the cocktail napkin close by will also be handy.

Hot chocolate bar with santa

Flavored syrups are so much fun.  These are Christmas samples that came in a large gift set which some were used for gift giving.  The sizes are perfect for the top tier of the cake stand.

Santa Mugs were found at Target this year.  The truck and tree motif is very popular as well as the Santa vintage mug. Filling these mugs with Hot chocolate and whipped cream will make every one Jolly!  HO HO HO!

Now that your Hot Chocolate Bar is set up, lets look at the Christmas Brunch table setting to go along with the bar.

Christmas Brunch Table Scape with Hot Chocolate Bar 

Truck and Tree paper plates will make clean up on Christmas morning  breeze as well as look pretty and festive.  Paired with the classic white dinner plate and charger helps ground the light weight plate.  Colorful silverware as in red handles coordinate with the overall setting while the red napkin sports the trunk and tree napkin ring.

Christmas hot chocolate brunch setting

If you can’t find the plates use paper or coordinating plates to match your red napkins. I found the napkin rings at Cracker Barrel. Wish I would have gotten more. xo

Tree n Truck Placesetting Santa's Hot Chocolate Bar

Santa’s Hot Chocolate Bar- Hot Chocolate Recipe

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  • Author: Liz Bushong
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20-30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Beverage- hot
  • Method: cook top
  • Cuisine: American



61/2 cups whole or 2% milk

11/4 cups semi sweet chocolate, grated

1/4 teaspoon salt

2/3  cup boiling water

1 cup sugar

11/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

11/4 cups semi sweet chocolate, grated

Assorted condiments:  fresh whipped cream, mini chocolate chips, caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, mini and large marshmallows, candy canes, flavored syrups.


  1. In large saucepan, combine grated chocolate, sugar and salt.  Add boiling water, stir to combine.
  2. Bring mixture to a boil, add milk and heat until hot but not boiling.
  3. Add vanilla, stir to combine.
  4. Pour into thermos or carafe/mugs.
  5. Garnish with assorted condiments.

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  1. Super easy hot chocolate bar to create. Check out my Winter All About the Table Digital Magazine preview pages on shop page. Features the Santa flying in for his favorite cookies and hot chocolate.

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