My favorite holiday tradition and our morning room tour!

Hello hello! The countdown is on! Are you ready? I didn’t get all the decor out that I wanted, but at this point it may not happen. I’m so close to done with shopping and about half way done wrapping, so I’m feeling pretty stress-free at this point.

I probably shouldn’t have said that out loud. 😉

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite Christmas traditions — our hot chocolate station that I LOVE putting together every year. It usually changes up a bit year to year but it’s always so festive! This year I set it up on the buffet in our dining area:

Hot chocolate station for the holidays

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I keep all of the staples we love in our hot chocolate handy — marshmallows of course! Red hots for a touch of cinnamon and the peppermint Hersheys so you get just hint of the peppermint with an extra shot of chocolate. 😉

I also love the peppermint sticks for the flavor, plus they are great for stirring. I don’t know anyone that uses straws for hot chocolate, but they are CUTE and I love them so they are always on on the tray. Ha!

I found the softest Christmas table runner at Target that I placed over the buffet:

Everything you need for the perfect hot chocolate station!
The ends are the best part — you can get a better look at the puff balls and fringe on the end here: 
Dining area with dark moody walls
I always struggle with centerpieces, all year round. I just never feel like I get it just right because it’s too little or too tall or whatever. 
This year I went SIMPLE and just threw my eucalyptus garland down the middle: 

Simple Christmas centerpiece with eucalyptus garland

This stuff works so well all throughout the year! You can also see it on our mantel here
I added a few berry pics here and there (told you I use those everywhere!) and then some votives tucked in as well. Those are a mix of Goodwill votives and yogurt containers I save. 🙂 
Simple Christmas centerpiece with garland and candles
I love the moody blue in our dining room and family room! You can see the simple way I dressed up those walls with trim here
Other than that I just hung some wreaths from the windows and added some pillows to the window seat
Wall of window seat with bookcases in dining room

Long window seat with lights in dining area
Oh! And the garland wrapped around the light fixture. 🙂 Greenery goes such a long way when it comes to making a room feel festive!: 
Cyberspace by Sherwin Williams
We host quite a bit, especially around the holidays, so I didn’t want a ton of stuff in here that would get in the way. I love how it all came together! 
Our morning room isn’t as fancy as a dedicated dining room. It’s open to our great room and kitchen, so I try to keep the decor low key and cozy: 
Open morning/dining room decor with window seat

Morning room decor with window seat and built ins
Do you go all out in your dining room or keep it simple? Have you ever put together a hot chocolate station? It’s such a cute spot that serves us well even beyond the holidays! 
Have a wonderful weekend my friends! 

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