IMG_8825Baby, it’s cold outside… And, cold weather calls for hot cocoa! It’s finally cold enough to cuddle up in bed with a cup of hot chocolate, and believe you me, I’m all over it.

One of my favorite elements of a good party is an activity station. What I call an activity can be anything from a dessert/candy station to a sign-in book, and the like. For events held in the colder months, warm drinks and sweets tend to be a crowd favorite. So it was a no brainer when it came my turn to bring in a holiday treat for my company’s so-called Ho-Ho-Day: a tradition that wrecks havoc on the scale, but makes dragging into work during December feel like Christmas morning, every morning!

Here’s a little glimpse into the Hot Cocoa Station I laid out…

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To keep things simple, yet chic, I brought in my own electric kettle. This one is from Bella (found at Macy’s). Guests helped themselves to a toasty cup of Starbucks hot chocolate…adding in marshmallows to their liking. My favorite treat were the peppermint spoons I found at Party City, great for the discerning hot chocolate connoisseur.  I also put out some striped straws and mini silver spoons, for stirring. To give the table a sense of fullness, I filled a couple votive dishes with wrapped hard candy and red swirl mini sticks. Last, but not least, some fresh baked donut holes…essential for enjoying a warm chocolatey drink on a crisp winter day.

This station serves 18-24 people and cost under $40. How’s that for entertaining on a budget!?

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