Weekend Gathering Idea: Host a Hot Chocolate Party!

Weekend brunches and game nights can get tiresome if left in the social rotation too long. Ready to mix up your end of week gatherings? Still a chill in the air? We have the perfect solution: a hot chocolate party!

On the lovely blog A Pair of Pears, Jamie Bartlett occasionally writes of a good old-fashioned theme party. Who doesn't love a theme party? This winter she decided to have her friends over for hot chocolate and a few sweets. We love this idea not only because it's unique, but also because it encourages a more casual and convivial party atmosphere than your typical cocktail affair.

Jamie went all out for her part, designing invitations and sending them out in advance. She had different mugs laid out when guests arrived and encouraged her friends to choose the mug they liked, keep it with them throughout the party, and then take it home as a party favor. Guests also took home the sweetly-packaged Hot Chocolate on a Stick.

To top the hot chocolate, there were marshmallows, chocolate-filled wafers, and vanilla syrup. And to nibble, frosted sugar cookies and dipped pretzels. Jamie made the invitations, labels and tags for the party available as printable downloads on her blog, so you can recreate the feeling of this delicious gathering for yourself.

Download: Printable Themed Invitation and Tags

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(Images: A Pair of Pears)