If there is one thing I actually enjoy about the winter season, it’s hot chocolate. And popcorn balls. Hot chocolate and popcorn balls. But today, I’d like to explore my love for the many possibilities of hot chocolate.
So often the holidays just pass us by. We say we’re going to invite people over, we say we’re going to have a holiday party and then before you know it, it’s New Years Eve! I have a solution for you!
If you don’t have the time to pull together a cookie exchange party, white elephant party or even an ugly sweater party, consider having a hot chocolate party. It’s actually quite simple since you’re only offering beverages and maybe a few cookies or treats to enjoy. Be sure to invite your guests over after dinner time, as to manage their expectations of a very simple and sweet party. It’s all in the spirit of gathering with friends and family and enjoying the holidays. And hot chocolate.
Grab some mugs, invite your friends over and enjoy some of these delicious hot chocolate recipes with your loved ones.
As the host of a party, we deserve to have a good time too! But as someone commented on my recent post regarding hiring a bartender, sometimes our enjoyment is boggled down with serving our guests and answering a slew of questions, including, ” what is this? ” and ” what does this have in it?”.
When hosting an event in your home, usually you are familiar with the likes, dislikes and allergies of your guest list. If I have a guest who is allergic to a particular food item, when greeting them I tell them what on the menu was created with them in mind, and what items they should stay away from. There are usually only one or two guests with severe allergies, so it isn’t a major inconvenience on your part.
On the other hand, ” what is this?” will be asked by everyone. Here are a few creative (and fun) ways to label food for your guests. Continue reading
A few years ago, I hosted a Signature Cocktail Party at my home. I invited all of my friends to bring their favorite cocktail recipe and serve it up over food and conversation. It was a great time, and I want to host it again, but I think next time, we’ll have someone else do all the work. While I am typically all about saving the budget, sometimes you need to splurge a little. The next time you are hosting an upscale event in your home, treat your guests and yourself by hiring a bartender.
Hiring a bartender will allow you to enjoy your party guests and take a break from tending the bar. Bartenders can also serve as great entertainment. An experienced and passionate mixologist will be shaking and pouring up delicious drinks for everyone. Work with them to create an exciting, colorful and tasty cocktail menu for everyone to enjoy.
Think about having your guests create the menu themselves as well. Create an extravagant bar full of fruit and herbs for your guests to mix and match and create their own signature cocktail.
You don’t have to break the bank on a bartender, recently licensed bartenders are eager to get real experience and will be willing to do so for a low cost.
The next time you’re hosting an upscale bridal shower, housewarming or even a holiday party in your home, consider hiring a bartender to serve you at your own party!
The weather is warmer, spring is officially here and it is time for cookouts! Cookouts are always a great way to catch up with friends and family in a relaxing and casual setting. As a host, of course the great part of a cookout is the low maintenance in the planning and execution of it all. However, while it is a low maintenance event, there’s always room to scale it up, make it a cookout that stands out among the many we will all be attending this season.
No matter the occasion, graduations, Father’s day, birthday or just a get together with friends and family you can turn your cookout into a upscale yet casual event!
When planning your next cookout, keep these simple enhancement techniques in mind:
Presentation, Presentation, Presentation
Keep food cold and decorative using planters.
We can’t deny that wedding cake is a long standing tradition that isn’t going anywhere. Don’t get me wrong everyone loves a great piece of cake. But, that doesn’t mean we can’t alter the tradition a little bit. Some couples choose to follow tradition with the wedding cake but also offer guests other treat options. Some couples opt for fake cakes with one real layer to cut for symbolic measure.
If you’re willing to alter tradition just a little bit, here are a few ideas:
Marble Slab Ice Cream Station
This weekend was the big day! The 3rd annual Cookie Party!
The table was already getting full and everyone wasn’t even there yet! I had a few presentation platters available for those who didn’t have one and I made beautiful place cards using striped red and white card stock (which reminded me of candy canes) for everyone to write their cookie name and description.
I added to the fun of the photo taking with a few props. I made a santa hat, santa beard and Rudolph red nose (not shown). These were a hit!
The dips were also a great hit!!! I would definitely suggest having a Dip Bar at your next party or get together. The bar included Chorizo and Cheese, Bacon and Onion, BBQ Chicken and Red Pepper Dip. The BBQ Chicken and Chorizo and Cheese seemed to be the winners of the evening.
It was such and amazing time planning this year’s cookie party. Definitely consider hosting a small scaled one this season or a full planned one for next year! It’s become a tradition for my friends, so I hope it’s a tradition you can bring into your circle.
On a personal note, this week was a big week in more ways than one, my now fiance and I got engaged! I am so happy and feel truly thankful to have him in my life, for now, a lifetime! While it won’t be in the very immediate future, please be on the lookout for great wedding planning posts.