My friend Mane shared with me a wonderful, fun idea that she's implemented for the holidays. One that could extend into this whole season of winter.
It's kind of one of those things that you say, "Why haven't I thought of this before?" So simple, so cozy, so... special.
Gathering all the makings for an accessible, welcoming, warm drink. Plus, some nibblet offerings to round it out.
So after she inspired me (she's such a gifted homemaker), I quickly and excitedly set up our little corner yesterday afternoon.
I pulled down a round basket-type tray that isn't currently used and lined it with a lovely, embroidered cloth napkin. I cleaned and gathered some glass jars.
I then filled the jars and the tray with the things my family loves:
:: hot chocolate mix (of course)
:: Pero (Keith's and Eliza's drink of choice.)
:: a yummy assortment of tea (jars each of loose and bags)
:: little marshmallows (for a festive flair)
:: sugar (to sweeten the Pero)
:: a little bottle of liquid Stevia (another sweetener)
:: mugs (one for each of us)
:: red paper cups (for guests or clients to take with them)
:: a canister to hold spoons, a tea ball basket, candy canes
:: colorful holiday napkins
:: salted cashews
:: an electric tea pot (yes, I headed to Costco and splurged on this handy-- and pretty inexpensive-- tool. Having hot water at the ready makes it all so much more convenient when the urge strikes.)