Hot Chocolate Bar for Caroling Party


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Rustic Hot Chocolate Bar at a Caroling Party. So Fun! I need to plan one next year!

I was very pleased how our Hot Chocolate Bar turned out this year for our annual caroling party. Last year our table, was just that, a table with goodies. This year it had a little more character. A bit more Pinterest worthy, don’t you think? πŸ™‚

Rustic Hot Chocolate Bar at a Caroling Party. So Fun! I need to plan one next year!Rustic Hot Chocolate Bar at a Caroling Party. So Fun! I need to plan one next year!

My husband and I really enjoy the Caroling Party we throw each year. Singing Christmas carols is a great way to get into the holiday spirit. It is also such a simple service that we have found many appreciate.

Variety of toppings. Cute spoons to keep the caroling theme. Rustic Hot Chocolate Bar at a Caroling Party. So Fun! I need to plan one next year!

Excuse me as I take a slight detour to share a proud mama moment that has to do with Christmas carols…

I started introducing carols to my boys during our morning singing time back in November to prep for the holiday season. Two weeks before Christmas, my boys and I were sitting in the back of our church’s chapel waiting for my husband who was in the choir.  They practiced “Silent Night” and then began “Angels We have Heard on High”.

As soon as they did, Boston began singing along with them. Heads started turning our way as the song led into the chorus and Boston began singing more emphatically (the  “Gloooo ooooo ria” is definitely his favorite part πŸ˜‰ ).

During our church service the next Sunday when the choir went up to sing. Boston wanted to go too (hey they did mention that everyone was welcome to join the choir). Before they began, my husband leaned over and asked him to sing just a little quieter.

Boston did a WONDERFUL job singing with the choir!

I’m glad I sat in the middle of the chapel or I wouldn’t have been able to see him since he is only 3. He sang along, gaily smiling out at the audience. It was most definitely a proud mama moment.

Rustic Hot Chocolate Bar at a Caroling Party. So Fun! I need to plan one next year!Variety of toppings. Cute spoons to keep the caroling theme. Rustic Hot Chocolate Bar at a Caroling Party. So Fun! I need to plan one next year!

Now back to the Hot Chocolate Bar…

We made homemade hot chocolate ready to serve instead of having hot cocoa packets. This was much more convenient for our guests and less messy for us.

To add variety to everyone’s cocoa, we had a few toppings to choose from: crushed Andes mints, crushed Andes peppermints (I like how these melt quicker than candy canes), mini chocolate chips, marshmallows, candy canes, caramel, and of course whipped cream.

Love the printable chalk labels. Rustic Hot Chocolate Bar at a Caroling Party. So Fun! I need to plan one next year!

I didn’t go hog wild and label everything on our hot chocolate bar. I figured people could tell the difference between the marshmallows and candy canes. πŸ˜‰  But I did use a few labels on things that may have been questioned like the caramel sauce. You can download the hot chocolate bar labels HERE.

free hot chocolate bar labels to download! Such a cute idea for the holiday season!And for those of your that enjoy lots of labels, I designed a few MORE hot chocolate bar labels to choose from with you in mind. πŸ™‚ You can download them for free HERE.

free hot chocolate bar labels to download! Such a cute idea for the holiday season!

Originally, I was planning to use the tiny chalkboard signs to label every single item.  Instead I opted to write Christmas themed phrases on a few of them and I liked the result. πŸ™‚

Festive sayings throughout-LOVE this!Rustic Hot Chocolate Bar at a Caroling Party. So Fun! I need to plan one next year!Marshmallow stir sticks- so clever! Love the snowflake on top.Rustic Hot Chocolate Bar at a Caroling Party. So Fun! I need to plan one next year!

Mastering the Marshmallow Stir Sticks

My husband and I… well actually my husband, pretty much mastered the art of making coated marshmallow stir sticks. They weren’t difficult to make at all!

He used melted white chocolate to keep the stick in place in the marshmallow. After allowing a little time to pass to let that harden, he also used the melted white chocolate to coat the candy on.

We found the marshmallows stand up A LOT better when the candy is only rolled around the sides of the marshmallow rather than the bottom and sides. This way they are also much more pleasing to look at. You can see in the back a few of the first ones we made.

Marshmallow stir sticks dipped in deliciousness! Rustic Hot Chocolate Bar at a Caroling Party. So Fun! I need to plan one next year!Rustic Hot Chocolate Bar Sign at a Caroling Party. So Fun! I need to plan one next year!

Despite the rain and massive thunderstorms of that night, several families came. Thankfully there was a clearing for a half an hour which allowed us to carol without getting drenched.

Before we went outside to sing to our neighbors, I handed candles to the adults and bell bracelets to the kids. This definitely added to our ambiance… perhaps matching Santa hats for next year? πŸ™‚

Caroling Party props- what a fun way to get everyone involved and so festive! Great hot chocolate bar ideas as well. Rustic Hot Chocolate Bar at a Caroling Party. So Fun! I need to plan one next year!

Along with the hot chocolate, we had mint brownies and sour cream cookies for all to enjoy. A good thing too because the weather wasn’t very compatible for our party. It was a warm night, so not a lot of people were into the ‘hot’ part of the hot chocolate.

Owell, what I like about this year’s hot chocolate bar is all I have to do is change out a few things and my Hot Chocolate Bar is good for any winter month. πŸ™‚ All I can say is, bring on the snow!

Rustic Hot Chocolate Bar at a Caroling Party. So Fun! I need to plan one next year!

Will you be throwing a Hot Chocolate Bar and/or Caroling party this year? Tag @aspenjay_blog on Instagram or send me a photo. I WANNA SEE!!! πŸ™‚

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Display This Christmas Free Printable to help add a bit of the true meaning of the season.This Christmas free printable. This Christmas mend a quarrel. Seek out a forgotten friend. Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust. Write a letter. Give a soft answer. Encourage youth. Manifest your loyalty in word and deed. Keep a promise. Forgo a grudge. Forgive an enemy. Apologize. Try to understand. Examine your demands on others. Think first of someone else. Be kind. Be gentle. Laugh a little more. Express your gratitude. Welcome a stranger. Gladden the heart of a child. Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth. Speak your love, and then speak it again.

Don’t miss anything this holiday season! Grab a  Christmas Bucket List!Free Christmas Bucket List Printables in two colors. This will be so nice to keep track of everything I want to do this year for the holidays!

How about mixing things up this year by throwing a White Elephant Bingo Party after Christmas?! πŸ™‚white_elephant_bingo_party2

 


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  2. Melanie at Dish Dish says:

    What a creative and delicious set up! I have such fond memories of caroling with family and friends when I was growing up. This is a great idea for making the whole evening quite the event. Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas.

  3. Nikki says:

    AJ, your hot chocolate bar is absolutely stunning! I want one just like it. I love all the props you use the wood rounds and the wooden box. The mason jars are filled and the spoons with the tops decorated. All the little touches are just gorgeous. We have not gone caroling for many years, perhaps next year I will steal your hot chocolate bar ideas and print off a few songs for us to Carol around the neighborhood. Sounds like a great evening. Happy holidays!

    • Aspen Jay says:

      Thanks for taking the time to write such a sweet note Nikki! I hope you do throw a caroling party next year (or you still have time this year πŸ˜‰ ). I cannot wait to see your pictures from it! I know your neighbors will appreciate it. πŸ™‚ Thanks for hosting your link party!

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