Cheerful balcony decor for Christmas creates a cozy retreat on your small balcony, porch or patio with tips for a festive hot chocolate bar.
Decorating a small outdoor space for the holidays can be somewhat of a challenge.
But I’m sharing easy decorating ideas on how to create an inviting porch, complete with a hot chocolate bar, even if space is limited!
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I’m excited to welcome you to the annual Christmas Porches Tour hosted by Amy from Atta Girl Says.
There are seven talented home decorating bloggers all sharing their outdoor spaces with you.
Be sure to read to the end of the post where you’ll get to see the full tour of ideas!
Balcony Decor for Christmas
If you are visiting from First Day of Home, welcome! Isn’t Crissy’s front porch just beautiful? She shares so many great decorating ideas!
And if you are new to Our Crafty Mom, I’m Michelle; a slightly craft obsessed mom of two adult children living in New Hampshire.
Decorating on a budget is something I try to feature in every blog post. Everyone should be able to enjoy a beautiful home, no matter the size or budget.
So you will find lots of DIY projects and dollar store crafts here. Now that you know a little more about me, let’s get to the Christmas decor!
Set up a Hot Chocolate Bar
My daughter, Amanda, is having a few friends over for a gift exchange. Thankfully, I finished decorating the inside of the house last week.
You can see my red and white Christmas tour here.
I thought it would be fun to set up a DIY hot chocolate bar on the balcony for the girls to enjoy when they visit.
What is better than a steaming cup of hot cocoa on a cold New England day?
The first thing I did was search Pinterest for a festive hot cocoa banner. You can get this adorable free printable banner here.
This past summer I added a vertical herb garden to the balcony with a lattice wall.
This adds a pretty decorative touch to the main balcony wall and is also the perfect backdrop for this hot cocoa bar.
The long narrow table that I used for plants is just the right size to hold all of the hot chocolate goodies and toppings.
Here are some hot chocolate bar ideas you may want to include.
Hot Chocolate Bar Toppings
- chocolate chips
- candy canes or crushed candy cane pieces
- hot cocoa bombs – check out my new red velvet hot cocoa bombs
- Hershey’s kisses
- Reese’s peanut butter cups
- mini marshmallows
- chocolate syrup or other flavored syrups – we love Torani syrups
- whipped cream
If your guests are 21+ consider adding Bailey’s to your hot beverage for an extra bit of holiday cheer!
Use mason jars for the toppings. This makes it easy to store leftovers.
Save time with store-bought hot cocoa mix, or make homemade hot chocolate.
It’s very simple to do with cocoa powder. I love this simple homemade hot chocolate recipe from The Pioneer Woman.
A convenient way to serve hot cocoa is to use a slow cooker.
That is my plan for the hot chocolate bar party. Thankfully, there is an outlet right below this table!
Cozy Seating Area
Make your balcony a cozy retreat by adding festive cushions and throws to your seating area.
Consider using holiday-themed textiles to enhance the Christmas spirit.
I’m a big fan of faux fur, especially in winter decor.
Keep costs down by buying fabric by the yard instead of a pre-made rug.
Simply drape it over a table or chair to add that cozy factor.
Christmas Balcony Decor
Don’t forget to include traditional Christmas decorations like a mini Christmas tree, large wreath and a side table to sit and enjoy your hot cocoa!
I’m a big fan of all things little red truck so I had to include one under the table with a tiny flocked tree.
I love the glittered ice skates placed on top of a simple white grapevine wreath. This can stay up all winter.
Do you see my sweet cat, Nala, looking out the window?
Everything is better with twinkling lights! I’ll be sure to share a photo tonight that shows the balcony with the string lights on.
If there is one thing you add to your Christmas porch, add lights. They are fairly inexpensive, especially if you hit the sales at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s.
I guarantee they will add a magical touch to any space.
The last thing I want to point out is the cool tabletop firepit bowl we purchased over the summer.
This thing is so much fun! We use it to make S’mores, but it also makes a great light at night.
I hope you enjoyed this outdoor hot chocolate bar and decorating ideas.
Pin this post to your favorite Christmas or home decorating board on Pinterest.
Thank you so much for stopping by. Wishing you a very happy holiday season!
Next up on the tour is Suzy from Worthing Court. You don’t want to miss her stunning front porch!
Be sure to visit the other bloggers for even more festive ideas.
More Christmas Porch Decorating Ideas
- Country Christmas Outdoor Decorations
- Little Red Truck Christmas Front Porch
- Festive Christmas Front Porch Decor
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