• Topia Tips

CHALLENGE: Make a hot chocolate station and decorate myself into Christmas bliss!

Updated: Sep 24, 2019

This winter, get inspired by the warm winter woodland I created with a palette of natural greens, earthy browns, snowy whites and glittery metallics.

Here are three simple ideas to really bring magic into your holidays this year!



Baby it's cold outside! This year, I've been so busy growing Forge + Furbish, I really felt disconnected from my own family. I haven't been able to spend true quality time with my husband and 5 children in the way I desire at all, so one night, I imagined everyone waking up to something truly special... our very own family Hot Chocolate Bar! This was easy to do and really created oooooos and ahhhhhhhs of excitement the morning my family discovered I had transformed our re-done hutch into a self serve station of deliciousness!

"Do you have a design in mind for your house this Christmas? Whether you prefer a trendy luxiourious glam look or you’re going for a more traditional farmhouse style - there’s more than one stunning way for you to incorporate a Hot Chocolate Bar into your holidays.”

Check out my youtube channel to find out how I made our Hot Chocolate Bar and get ideas on how to personalize your drink station for your own style using the items below!



- A way to heat water (I use my keurig so the temperature is perfect every time!

- Lidded Jars for goodies to add

- Sprinkle Jars

- Chalkboard Stickers for labeling goodies

- Scoops and Spoons for serving and stirring

- Hot Chocolate

- Cinnamon Sticks

- Candy Canes

- Caramels

- Large Marshmallows

- Mini Marshmallows

- Ground Cinnamon

- Cayanne Pepper

- Mini Powdered Donuts

- Any other "extra" you can think of (like the Bailey's i added!!!)



Incorporating family traditions is one of the most important ways to connect to the roots of celebration. My husband brought the most beautiful antique snow dusted bottle brush trees with him to our marriage and when I unwrapped them this year, i instantly knew they would set the true theme for our Christmas design. Trees are a great way to add a classic reminder of the winter season and can be mixed into almost any Christmas decor so when I collect decorations in the sale and off seasons to save money, I always look for ornamental trees. But nothing compares to the preciousness of the bottle brushed trees I placed in the apothecary jars I made from simple dollar store glass items using my creativity and E6000 glue. Stay tuned for a tutorial soon!



When I was considering neutral couloured natural design elements to match my metallic and white woodland theme, pinecones and cinnamon sticks were my obvious choice. Not only did the brown colouring add an earthy feel to the glamour, but the smells... OH THE SMELLS!!!! I was able to encorporate these details throughout my home space, but my favourite part was my bookshelf top!

55 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All