The Easiest Get Together EVER!

The Easiest Get Together EVER!

Now that the holidays are behind us and the Christmas decor has been put away, it’s time for me to start planning my first monthly gathering.  This month I will be hosting a hot chocolate bar for friends and neighbors.  A hot chocolate bar is a super easy way to welcome friends and warm up during this oh so cold month.

Want to host your own?  Here’s how:

You will need to gather your paper goods.  While these cups are super cute, the holidays are over.  So I decided to go with a black and light blue color scheme. The light blue makes me think of snowflakes and winter and the black ties in with my chalkboard art that I’ll be using as my centerpiece.  #Targetforthewin

light blue and black party ware on table

 

I ordered this print on Etsy last year.  Baby Its Cold Outside hot chocolate poster

 

I don’t see that  same one, but here’s one that’s similar.  

This will be the sitting right next to my serving area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, you need to gather some special toppings and add-ins.  Here’s a list of some items you might want to include:

  • marshmallows, of course (yuck! :))galvanized metal 3 tier stand with hot chocolate toppings
  • peppermint pieces
  • mini chocolate chips
  • toffee bits
  • candy canes/peppermint sticks
  • coarse sea salt
  • truffles
  • Andes mint candies
  • chocolate sauce
  • caramel sauce
  • sprinkles
  • whipped cream

 

If you want to be extra nice, you could also add to the hot chocolate with some special treats.   Pirouette cookies, biscotti, or any other sweet treat ~ especially if you’ll be including kiddos would work great.  I recruited my tiered stand to hold all the yummy toppings.

delicious cookies on serving plate

 

Since I am including friends and neighbors I will also offer some options to *spike* the hot chocolate.  Some suggestions, if I may ~ Peppermint Schnapps, Bailey’s Irish Cream, Kahlua, Godiva liqueur, Rum Chata,   If kids will be attending your event, the adults will most definitely appreciate a little booze in their chocolate! 🙂

toppings and liquors for hot chocolate bar

 

On the Day of Your Hot Chocolate Bar

On the day you’ll be welcoming your guests, you want to make it look pretty AND be functional.   You want to make it easy for your guests to help themselves to any topping they choose.  Offering items in mason jars of varying sizes would make a cute display or some cute winter themed “pails.”  I found some really cute ones at Michaels and at Target for about $1 each.  Adding tags to each jar/pail will make them look even more festive plus they’ll help your guests decide what they want to add to their hot chocolate.   I just cut some circles out of black card stock, punched a hole in the top, wrote the topping names with a white marker, and tied them to each topping.

 

I also think these adorable scoops  from Amazon are adorable and would be perfect for adding candies to your cup.

 

The last thing we need is some good hot chocolate.  You have a few options.  There are lots of recipes for making your own hot chocolate powder mix that you can sit out and have guests mix their own.  You could buy the pre-packaged mixes as well.  However, I think the easiest thing to do is to mix up a batch of hot chocolate in the crock pot.  I am using the recipe I found at LittleSpiceJar.com; however, I have seen gazillions of recipes online so go with one that looks good & easy to you.

Voila! You have a hot chocolate bar to welcome your guests into your home for a weeknight after-dinner get together or a weekend afternoon gathering.  Now all we need is some cold weather.  #Texaswinters  Let the fun begin!

party table set up for a hot chocolate bar with party ware and toppings

So, do you have any other suggestions for toppings or a recipe for us to try?  If you decide to host your own hot chocolate bar, please let me know how it goes.

 

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