Warm & Toasty…A Hot Cocoa Party

My dear friend and photographer Elayne and I were having breakfast one morning and started talking about parties and ideas for her holiday photo sessions.  Next thing you know the two of us were bouncing off the walls with ideas for a Hot Cocoa stand (like a Lemonade stand, only with hot chocolate) and an adorable and very fun party was born.
Aubrey Serving Cocoa

I am so EXCITED to share this party with you today!  I styled this Hot Cocoa party for Elayne’s holiday mini sessions she offered to clients, and I am thrilled with how this event turned out.

Party Details: We wanted to keep the budget very small (less than $25) and use items we already had.  I had lots of red and brown fabric left over from my Sock Monkey party so we decided on a red, brown and white color scheme and incorporated polka dots and stripes.  Elayne’s husband made the stand from an old wooden fence they had torn down and she painted the sign.  She also made the rag garland we hung from the front of the stand to add a pop of color.

I bought the little mugs and saucers on super clearance during the summer ($2 for a set of 4) and knew this event was the perfect occasion to bring them out.  I tied mini candy canes to them with brown twine and this was probably one of my favorite little details.  I used ice cream sundae cups to display Hot Cocoa toppings and made tags to match.  I added a few chocolate covered marshmallows, some cookies, whip cream and of course hot chocolate and we were ready for a party!

Now all we have to do is sprinkle in some cute kids and we are set to sell and enjoy hot chocolate from our darling Hot Cocoa stand.

Here is wishing you and your families and Warm and Toasty holiday season!

Vendor Credits:
Party Styling – Giggles Galore
Photos – A HUGE thank you to Elayne Dunn Photography

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Mariah Leeson is the creative mind behind www.gigglesgalore.net. With a passion for celebrating, Mariah created Giggles Galore to inspire families to celebrate life’s little moments with creative, budget friendly ideas. She loves cooking, reading, crafting, hosting parties and most of all spending time giggling with her family.


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  1. This is just too cute!! I love the idea and I love the display. Great job!
    Jenn 🙂

  2. That is such a great idea! My my, hot coco and candy canes? Talk about YUM-CITY!

  3. That is seriously the best.party.ever!! Hot Chocolate, cold, warm (and adorable) clothing. LOVE!!

  4. This is super cute, and your kids are adorable! Really great photos!

  5. So beautiful! Everything is just perfect! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. Oh My!!! TOO CUTE!!! LOVE THIS!!! Would LOVE for you to link up to our “Home For The Holidays” link party!!! 😉


  7. Holy smokes I love it!! So creative!! And awesome budgeting!! Found you on Someday Crafts…I would love two things: to feature this in my Soiree Day soon and for you to share at Show & Share going on now!

  8. This is soooo adorable!! I love it all… and those are some cute kiddos!

  9. Absolutely adorable! LoVe the color combo and your kiddos are SO CuTe!

  10. This is the sweetest thing ever! Everything from the colors, to that fabulous little bunting, to the stand and goodies, to the beautiful party-goers… love it!

  11. This is the most freakin adorable idea i have ever seen. Thank you so much for linking up to last weeks show and share. Make sure to come back and link up this week with your latest project.

    A mommy's life…with a touch of yellow

  12. Oh my goodness…this is soooo cute!
    I love all the wonderful colors and the girls look great!
    Thank you for sharing!

  13. where did you get the cute container for hot cocoa? Didi cocoa stay warm for very long . I have an wedding event and was just wondering.
    What an adorable Idea!

    • Hi Heidi, I purchased the container at Target. I made it super hot in the Crockpot to start with and it stayed warm for about 15-20 minutes, but we were outside where it was a little chili so inside it may have stayed warm a little longer. If you want to make sure it stays hot I would consider using one of the insulated drink style urns, which can also be found at Target. Have fun!


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