Hot-Hot-Hot Hot Chocolate Party

I’ve wanted to have a hot chocolate party for a couple of years now, but it wasn’t until I saw this “pin” that I decided to not just think about it, but do it!! I tagged my favorite party planning team {my Seester, Jessica & Kelly} to see if they wanted to play along … of course they did … they are always up for a night of fun!

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We had two main thoughts/goals for this party:
1. Keep it simple. After all the planning and preparing and celebrating that comes with November & December, January can often feel like a bit of a let down (not to mention the horrible ‘inversion’ weather that locks us under gray skies for weeks on end). We didn’t want another big to-do that required lots of planning and preparation. We simply wanted a night out to just have some yummy simple eats and sweet chatter.
2. Mix-up that guest list. We really tried to think outside our normal guest list and come up with a small group of ladies who might not all know each other, but we felt would all like to know each other. We stuck with a guest list of 12 {including the 4 hostesses} so that we’d all be able to talk and get to know each other better.

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Theme //
Hot Chocolate + Doughnuts Party

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Invitation //
I modified this free printable. I mounted the invitation on kraft cardstock and embellished it with silver glitter glue (so easy, so fun!). The ribbon pull on the side is simply holding a slip of paper to the back of the invitation detailing Facebook event information.

Decor //

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Up-cycled from a baby shower my Seester hosted earlier in the year. Time consuming, yes … but cheap, cheap, cheap … with BIG impact. I love how she arranged them!

Marshmallow + Plaid Garlands -
The marshmallow garlands were a Pinterest FAIL, BUT we worked hard for them, so they were getting used! The plaid garland was made from the left over flannel used for our favors. Simple fabric strips tied to twine.

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“COCOA” Banner -
My go-to banner formula = kraft cardstock + book page + letter/graphic cut on Silhouette. Again, I embellished the letters with glitter glue and then added a few strips of flannel to the twine.

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Hot Chocolate Bar Sign -
Made by my Seester, using my Spread Cheer DIY. Aren’t those mini marshmallows perfect?

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Food & Beverage //
The event was centered around hot chocolate, so we created a bar with all the fixings {marshmallows, caramel & chocolate sauce, sugar grinders, peppermints & whipped cream} for a variety of hot chocolate combinations.
Like I said earlier, we kept things super simple and went with an easy, but delicious food option … doughnuts!!
Seriously, who doesn’t like a doughnut? A chilly night, comfy clothes, girlfriends, hot chocolate and doughnuts!

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The rest of the decor/serving pieces were pulled from our homes and brought together.

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Favors //
Each guest went home with a flannel infinity scarf. A party favor isn’t a necessity … and this case ended up being our biggest expense … but it can be such a sweet reminder of your event. In this case, we wanted it to remind them of a cozy evening meeting new people and having their hearts warmed up with time together.

I used part of the invitation image to create a small tag to attach to each scarf … embellishing with a little more glitter glue!!

There you have it!!
Now, if you’re buried under a blanket of snow or facing temperatures below freezing … get to planning your own hot chocolate party!
It will bless you and those you invite into your home!

XOXO

{P.S. These are not my best pictures … but they are what they are and I think you get the point and can see just how much fun we had putting this party together.}

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Comments

  1. What a fun idea! I’d love to do that, myself. Thanks for the *sweet* idea.

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