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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Hot Cocoa Bar for Ava's First Birthday Party

Ava turned one yesterday! Her birthday party didn't have a theme, really, but I tried to use pink, gold, burlap, chalkboard and polka dots! Ha, like I said, not much of a theme, more of all my favorite things. I'll share the different projects I made throughout the week. Today, I'm sharing the Hot Cocoa Bar. This was my favorite part! Ok, favorite part besides Ava opening presents and feeding daddy cake. It was suuuuuuper cold the night of her party. It was amazing of our family to even come out in this weather! I wanted to keep everyone toasty and comfy during the party. A hot cocoa bar seemed like the perfect thing! For the hot cocoa, I used this crockpot recipe from Mrs. Happy Homemaker. She is not lying when she calls it THE BEST ever. My husband RAVED about it the entire night and sent me a text the next day saying he was craving that cocoa! Click the link to get the recipe. And be sure to PIN IT for later. No lie - you will WANT it and LOVE it.

Here are the pics and a list of the toppings I used. I want to see pics of your hot cocoa bar!

 I used chalkboard placecards to label the different toppings. I just made them with chalkstock {chalkboard cardstock - my new best friend!}. The cute silver scoops I got from Zurchers, which is our local party store. I added the polka dot craft tape to the handles to help them go along with the theme!

caramel bits
chocolate chips
peanut butter chips
peppermint Andes mints chips
mini marshmallows
mini candy canes
chocolate hazelnut Pirouettes
whipped cream

If you wanted an Ela Classic, you would do the following:
Peanut Butter Chips
Whipped Cream
Andes Peppermints
Candy Cane {on the side}
Stripey Straw


We are going to the store to get more ingredients to make more cocoa tonight!
Merry Christmas!


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  1. I think polka dots and hot cocoa are a wonderful party theme! I'd love for you to share at Inspire Us Thursday

  2. so sweet! I love the party color theme you went with.

    1. Thanks! I'm now obsessed with pink and gold. :)

  3. So adorable! I'm sure everyone was so happy they came! Thanks for linking up with the Tasty Tuesday's Link-up. I have pinned your post to the Tasty's Tuesday's Pinterest Board!

  4. Your husband loves you. So delish.

  5. love it even got my oldest son to read it your post following from blog strut hop I'm lorraine at

    1. Oh I hope he enjoyed it. :) thanks for stopping by!


  6. This is so creative and sweet! Thank you for sharing! Stopping by from The Family Friday Link-Up!

  7. This looks so yummy! I love the idea of a Hot Cocoa Bar! Thanks for sharing at Pintastic Pinteresting Party.

  8. I'm definitely pinning this for my son's birthday. He'll love it!

    Thanks for co-hosting Countdown in Style with Brittnei and I!

    1. Ooooh you should totally do it! Yum. Thanks for having me!

  9. Love it! My daughter's first birthday is next month. I feel totally inspired :)

    1. Happy birthday to your daughter! It was really fun to do a hot cocoa bar cause it accompanies cake & winter perfectly! Have fun!

  10. What a great idea! Pinning, and thanks for sharing at Creativity Unleashed!

  11. Hi! I'm planning to make this for a class of 22 students because it sounds delicious! I was wondering though.. will i need to double the recipe if everyone just gets 1 (medium sized foam) cup?

    1. That sounds fun! They will love a hot cocoa bar. Yes, you will have to double the recipe. I made one batch then when it was gone I made a second. It takes time to heat up since it's in a crockpot, so I recommend using 2 crockpots! Have fun! xo

  12. How cute, and what a great idea! I must try that recipe!

    1. It really is the BEST cocoa recipe. You will love it! Thanks for stopping by. xo


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