Many of us are seasoned outdoor entertainers. It's relatively simple to organize a laid-back gathering when the sun is shining, the grill is fired up, and everyone's bringing their favorite sides over, isn't it? Winter entertaining doesn't feel quite so easy-breezy to me for some reason. Here's a crowd pleaser I've been wanting to try out for myself:
An Afternoon Hot Cocoa Party
If you'd like to make it a potluck, assign various toppings for your guests to bring, or if you're feeling ambitious, set up the whole bar yourself. Start with a great hot chocolate recipe and keep it nice and warm in your crockpot. Plan for a fun mix of standard and adventurous toppings for your guests to experiment with. Simple shortbread, sugar, or peanut butter cookies round out the offerings well. If you need a few toppings to get started, here's a list of ideas:
Marshmallows (flavored, homemade, mini, jumbo…)
White chocolate chips
Chopped Reese's Cups
How fun would it be to invite your neighbors who could walk (safely) to your house for a cocoa party during a good snow? Whether the snow ever decides to show up for us this year or not, a game day, craft day, puzzle day or just good hearty catch-up with your friends would be great accompaniments to any hot cocoa extravaganza.