Now that the turkey is gone and the holiday decorations are up, it is time to start planning your holiday parties. This year we have some great tips for you to plan a cookies & cocoa party. With a few simple ideas, you can pull together a fun afternoon for your friends and get your holiday treats taken care of!
Plan Ahead. When guests RSVP, ask them what kind of cookies they will bring so you can print out labels for everyone. Create labels and display them in these cute snow flurries ornament place card holders (check back soon for free printable labels!). Knowing what friends are bringing ahead of time, you will be able to round out the offerings with fresh goodies from your local bakery if you feel like broadening the selection.
Sip, Sip, Hooray! Serve up homemade hot chocolate to sip on while you pack your goodies. A hot chocolate bar is a must this time of year. Print out this Hot Chocolate Bar sign and showcase it on a large chalkboard frame to let your guests know what their options are. Use personalized glass mugs with your holiday sentiment Striped party straws are another festive touch and you can order personalized straw flags, too. And don’t forget the toppings! Use mason jars to offer a few fun toppings; chocolate chips, peppermint chips & marshmallows are always a hit!
Cocoa Favors. Send your guests home with “make your own hot chocolate” mix. It is simple to make and is so creamy and yummy. Put bowls of the dry ingredients out with heart shaped measuring spoons in each. Check back soon for a free printable sign to let your guests know how many scoops of each ingredient they need to package up their own hot chocolate mix to take home and sip on a cold winter night. Finish off these favors with peppermint spoons tied with cute printable tags that say “Cup of Cheer.”
Tip: Have some plastic bags handy to use as liners for these cute burlap favor bags. Guests will enjoy this practical take home gift.
The Very Best Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix
25 oz. Powdered Milk
32 oz. Nesquik Chocolate Milk Powder
16 oz. Powdered Creamer
1 lb. Powdered Sugar
Instructions for serving at your party:
Mix all the ingredients together in a very large mixing bowl.
Use about half a cup of mix to one cup of boiling water (remember, a good portion of the mix is powdered milk and creamer– that’s why you use so much!). Mix well and enjoy!
Instructions for make your own mix favors:
Mix powdered milk & creamer in one bowl. Fill another bowl with Nesquik, and the last bowl with powder sugar.
Peppermint Spoons: Jo-Ann | Red & White bags & boxes: Target | Chalkboard Signs: Swoozies
Free Printables for Hot Chocolate Bar & Cup of Cheer: Yellow Bliss Road
Kate Aspen Products Used:
Snow Flurries Ornament Placecard Holders | Burlap Favor Bags | Measuring Spoons | Personalized Coffee Mugs | Snowman Salt & Pepper Shaker | Snow Flurries Bottle Stopper (for the hostess gift) | Party Straws | Straw Flag Stickers | Mason Jars