12.16.2011

ELLE ENTERTAINS: Hot Cocoa Bar

Merry Blogmas! It's Day 16! One of my resolutions for NEXT year (so far that's the only resolution I've come up with) is to actually finish a blog draft or two a week (of 750). Well, one of them, from 2010 (eep!) was for this party. And this weekend IT IS ON! This is a fabulous idea for those that love to entertain but would like an inexpensive party. I was originally going to do this in the winter, but why not now? Check out my inspiration boards:

Decor:
Since my house is already decorated for Christmas (with a Hanukkah vase for good measure), I'm not doing anything special (yet another reason to have this party--decorations are done!).
Panoramic of my teeny apt in the midst of decorating 2 week ago. 
I'm indecisive (LIBRA!); note clear and white lights.

The Bar:
I wanted to show three different options for the bar set ups. Since I will have regular and alcohol hot cocoa, I will have two different areas.


The Glasses:
I got my glasses at the Dollar Store--no joke. And I love the idea of the clear glass ornaments for cocoa! Cute!

The Drinks:

  • The traditional hot cocoa will be in a Crock Pot--it will make serving/hosting easier. 
  • As for the bar-bar, I hate it when someone/hostess gets stuck playing Bartender. I'll have recipes/suggestions written out so guests can fix what they'd like. The bottom two pictures are mine--I just made the Spiked Marshmallow Cocoa to try it out for the party (success!), and the Mint Mocha is from a post last year. Check out my Dollar Tree glass and my Goodwill Santa mug!
The Stir Ins:
If I don't go the clear ornament route (I might fill them with dry mix as parting gifts instead), I love these stir ins.

Snacks:
Perhaps a beignet or donut hole would make a nice snack. What do you think? All pics via Pinterest or my phone!

What holiday parties are you attending this year? Or throwing?
Want another cheap entertaining idea? Here's my Chocolate and Wine Party!



S T Y L E M I N T 
giveaway
ends
today.
Please
enter
to win
FIVE
shirts.

78 comments:

  1. This looks so amazing and inspiring! I need to makeover my own bar asap!

    xx Ivana

    Stop by sometimes :)
    Macarons and Pearls

    ReplyDelete
  2. The clear glass ornaments as glasses sis such a cute, clever idea! And loving the set up of the bar :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. wow that's some fabulous ideas! I love the whole concept, as I am obsessed with cocoa!
    x
    Kristina

    ReplyDelete
  4. I absolutely love this idea. Easy, fun, and perfect for this time of year.

    ReplyDelete
  5. This is too cute!! Must swing by the Dollar Store and track down those glasses!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Looks beautiful and fun!! I love the dollar store! I find such great stuff there!

    ReplyDelete
  7. WOW! you are so creative!!! i wish you lived close to me so you can decor and do cute stuff on my birthdays or other activities :) the candy canes with chocolate look SO YUMMIE!!!

    xx
    teresa
    www.trend-ish.com

    ReplyDelete
  8. I so wish I lived near you so I could snag an invite to parties like this - it looks amazing!

    xoxo ~ Courtney
    http://sartorialsidelines.com

    ReplyDelete
  9. FuN! Yes, I'm doing these for a friends bridal shower in February! :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. Such a nice post, I enjoyed it a lot! I like your sense of style! Wonderful photos!

    Take a look and if you want we can follow each others: Cosa mi metto???

    ReplyDelete
  11. I love all of these ideas, especially the cocoa in the ornament. The chocolate covered marshmallow are also an easy and fun treat for a holiday party!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Such a fun idea!

    http://chicgeekery.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  13. Omg yum! You always have the best ideas. Let's call RDow and Ian and throw a cozy wine and chocolate party. Merry Christmas to us! hahaha

    ReplyDelete
  14. Love the ornaments as glasses.
    This looks like it will be so fun!

    ReplyDelete
  15. I LOVE those ornament glasses. And they get even more adorable with the addition of the striped straws! Dollar store?!

    Jenn
    The Suburb Experiment

    ReplyDelete
  16. The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear! Love this Blogmas post!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Oh wow this is totally my cup of tea (or cocoa ;)) LOVE this idea!

    ReplyDelete
  18. I now totally want to throw a hot chocolate party! Love the idea to put them in clear ornaments - too cute!!!! XOXO

    ReplyDelete
  19. Oh my word - your party is going to be PHENOMENAL. Wow. I want to come, haha!

    http://bethesong.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  20. Oh my- everything looks so so delicious! What a great hostess you are :)
    www.saysskippy.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  21. oh my!! Love this! We host a dessert party every year...but my nephew has a peanut allergy so it really limits what we can make.

    ReplyDelete
  22. I want this party! Or just to go to that party and drink spiked hot cocoa all day long :)

    ReplyDelete
  23. such a great ideas, I have to try one.Thanks for sharing.
    have a great weekend.
    http://aprettylife13.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  24. Awww, want everything! Lovely tips dear, thanks for sharing them with us!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog btw, I´m following you now :)

    www.superclementina.blogspot.com

    xx

    ReplyDelete
  25. love hot cocoa and bars. the perfect post for me.

    xoxo navy & orange

    ReplyDelete
  26. wow looks very impressive! I wish I was going!! The ornaments as glasses... so clever, i love it!

    XOXO

    ReplyDelete
  27. Really cute! Wanna see pics of the final product!!! :)

    ReplyDelete
  28. I love the clear glasses as well! What a fun idea! :)
    -Jenny

    ReplyDelete
  29. Hi dear, I LoVe the idea of a cocoa bar! I am certainly going to try this, maybe add a bit of a coffee bar too. Thanks for the great idea!

    ReplyDelete
  30. ahh so fun! i love the dipped mallows! you're inspiring me to do some baking/goodie making this weekend!

    xo

    ReplyDelete
  31. Lovely post! Great inspiring blog!

    xo
    Linda from http://www.moonon.com/

    ReplyDelete
  32. A fabulous party you have planned! I love the idea of two different bar areas. Gorgeous inspiration xx

    ReplyDelete
  33. This is so much fun!!! I want to go to a hot chocolate party!

    ReplyDelete
  34. what a great holiday party idea! i must suggest this to my friends, it would be so sweet ;)

    ReplyDelete
  35. Umm yum!!! That's a great idea! I'd love to host one of those! So creative Elle!

    ReplyDelete
  36. this is an excellent idea! i would love to either host or attend a party like this! :D

    p.s. i've found a lot of cute glasses and mugs from dollar tree as well! ;)

    <3, Mimi
    http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/
    $100 Shopbop Gift Card Giveaway

    ReplyDelete
  37. Interesting post! I like it!
    I invite you to visit my blog! I follow you now, and if you like mine, ...i home you come back!
    Kisses
    Miriamstella
    Http://isfashionmypassion.com

    ReplyDelete
  38. i love hot chocolate. i've been having some just about every morning here lately.(: love the clear glasses! it's amazing what good stuff you can find at the dollar store, no?!
    memory
    southernpinky.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  39. Just about two weeks ago, I had a 'hot choco mix' party, and had some berries and pastries like churros to go with. Your party idea for clear ornaments sounds fun! xoxo
    http://hellofridaybypaik.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  40. omg amazingggggggnessss

    xx.M

    www.bellesandrebelles.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  41. This is very festive. It really shows the holiday spirit. I want to try stir ins. I've never had it before.

    ReplyDelete
  42. I love your idea of hot coco in a clear glass and they were only a dollar how cool is that.

    P.s. I never would have thought to put coco in a crock pot what a great idea.

    ReplyDelete
  43. Love your ideas!!! Can't wait to use them when I throw a party!

    ReplyDelete
  44. Oh my goodness this is so fab! I LOVE the ornaments with the straws for the cocoa! Such a cool idea :)
    Emma xx
    http://www.gawgusthings.com
    @gawgusthings
    PS Have a great time!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  45. Oh wow! Those glasses are beautiful! What fun ideas for a holiday party - if I lived any closer I might crash ;-)

    I hope you have a wonderful Holiday Season.

    ReplyDelete
  46. GAH that's like my dream personified if I had a matching bacon bar as well.

    Did you try a hot toddy or something?

    ReplyDelete
  47. This looks SO FUN and cute! I love love this whole post. Hope it went well :)

    ReplyDelete
  48. Elle I had no idea you are such an amazing entertainer? I love those glasses as well and couldn't believe they were only $1 and I also love your mixers :)

    ReplyDelete
  49. Love all the gorgeous party inspiration!
    I just stumbled across your blog & so glad I did! I have signed up as your latest follower. I look forward to popping back for some more inspiration!
    x
    Melissah

    ReplyDelete
  50. Okay, this is the coolest party EVER. I'm horrible about entertaining (as in, I never do it), but I MUST do this. Thank you for sharing this fantastic idea!!

    ReplyDelete
  51. that looks amazing... thanks for your sweet words about my graduation... incredibly I'm thinking about getting another degree... ha!!!

    ReplyDelete
  52. OMG, the clear ornaments as glasses is SUPER cute!

    ReplyDelete
  53. Oh my goodness! You really get into the whole Christmas time thing huh? =) But I LOVE that. Here in NZ we dont celebrate it nearly as thoughtfully =)

    Cant believe those glasses came from a dollar store too! THat circular low vase/bottle-esque thing looks all sorts of adorable haha. Looking forward to a write up POST Christmas ;)

    Eeli xx

    ReplyDelete
  54. Really awesome post ;)) Perfect for this day..
    I'm Marilyn<--your newest follower with smiles..Really great blog you have here and I'm looking forward to reading and indulging in more around.. Hope you can stop in sometime. http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com ..WIshing you a blessed Sunday..

    ReplyDelete
  55. Lots of inspiration and goodies here - yum! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  56. I love EVERYTHING about this party theme! So much fun. And so much deliciousness.

    ReplyDelete
  57. Ok, those clear glasses that you got at the Dollar Store are genius. I love this idea. So clever, Trevor!

    ReplyDelete
  58. OMG, best idea, ever. Jut thinking about it makes me happy. I need to do this. Thanks for the inspiration.

    ReplyDelete
  59. YUM~~ cocoa bar looks SO cute! Everything looks amazing and delicious!

    ReplyDelete
  60. Looks so beautiful and such great ideas! Thank you for sharing :) xo akiko
    Style Imported

    ReplyDelete
  61. How cute are all of these party ideas. I love the hot cocoa bar.

    ReplyDelete
  62. Oooh, beignets!! I'll be home in New Orleans for Christmas and we always go out for beignets on Christmas night. I can't wait!

    ReplyDelete
  63. Wow! What a good idea, looks so yummy!

    ReplyDelete
  64. I'm a hot chocolate lover, so this post was right up my alley. Love the different ideas.
    http://sassyuptownchic.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  65. this is such a cute party idea and you had the cutest displays! i love the dollar-store glasses you used! I may have to try this one out next year!


    following you!

    ReplyDelete

I respond to comments via email, so make sure I can respond!
For a faster response, please use Twitter or email: elleseesyou@gmail.com

More ways to keep up with me: Bloglovin, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram , Youtube or email: elleseesyou@gmail.com

You made my day by visiting! See ya tomorrow :)

Disclaimer:

All products mentioned are purchased by me unless stated.
All pics, thoughts, etc, are mine unless otherwise noted. Publishing or redistributing any content from this blog is strictly prohibited. Please seek permission first. Thank you.




Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...