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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? 🙂
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.
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 😉 ).
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.
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.
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. 😉 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.
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. 🙂 You can download them for free HERE.
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. 🙂
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.
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? 🙂
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. 🙂 All I can say is, bring on the snow!
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!!! 🙂
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