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holiday hot cocoa party

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It’s the holidays, which means house guests, and parties and late nights and being busy. In all the rush, rush, rush, it’s easy to forget to take time out. We’ve got a perfect suggestion that works for anything from an all-grown up evening, to an afternoon with the kids, or even breakfast with the family. It’s all in what you put with it. What kind of party plan could span such a wide range of tastes? A cocoa party, of course! Start with a carafe of hot cocoa (homemade from organic chocolate and fresh milk or make it fast with a mix!) and some oversized mugs. From there, the sky’s the limit.

Embrace the holiday theme with a pretty red and white table runner, and grab a cool beer flight to serve a new purpose—holding mix-ins!

Family Breakfast—Include an array of fresh pastries and fruits, and to keep things from getting too sweet, be sure to include some savory options like cheese, sausages or eggs. Keep your mix-ins simple for this early-morning do—try crushed peppermint candies, mini chocolate chips and whipped cream. Oh, and don’t forget a side of coffee for those grownups who want a bit of a caffeine kick.

Kid Friendly—You don’t have to make a meal of this one. Provide fun mix-ins like colorful marshmallows, crushed cinnamon candies, caramel syrup and other kid-friendly treats. Keep the snacks classic with things like peanut butter cookies, rice cereal treats, pretzels and a tray of bite-sized fruits and veggies.

The Over 21 Crowd—This is a fun way to do dessert after a dinner party. Stock your table with a wider variety of mix-ins and coordinate them with your adult beverages. Try crushed peppermint candies and peppermint schnapps. Or caramel syrup and rum, coffee and Kahlua, cinnamon candies with an Irish cream whiskey. Provide some crisp ginger snaps, chewy oatmeal cookies, or rich brownie bites to round out your dessert offerings. Keep the sweet in control with bowls of salted nuts.

Your imagination is the only limit. Try cinnamon sticks and peppermint candy canes for stir sticks. A hot cocoa party is fun, different, and lets you choose from whatever locally-produced, organic ingredients you can find. It’s likely to be the holiday party everyone remembers, and wants to do again next year!

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