Hot Cocoa Bar

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Just weeks before Christmas I hosted a 
Crafty Christmas Open House 
in our home.  
It had two purposes.  ONE, get together with the girlfriends and have a play date with the kids and TWO, showcase all of the things that I had made for my very first CRAFT FAIR.
 
The craft part was kind of like a preview or sneak peek of what I had to offer at my craft fair.  You know, test it out on my friends first? **wink**
 
I was thrilled and surprised at how well received my craft fair goodies were.  
The girls were so encouraging and supportive of my crafting addiction!  Thanks girlies!!! xo
 
I have a post in the works for next month with all of my craft fair tips and experiences ~ complete with pricing suggestions {the hardest part for me}.
 

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After I cleaned the house and laid out my craft fair goods on our kitchen island, I thought that I should do something fun for the littles on our kitchen table.  I had covered our ottoman in the living room with craft paper and had containers of beads, bells and pipe cleaners for the kids to make a craft with.
 
So very last minute {I mean, truly the night before, while the kids were in bed and Darcy was at the gym} I threw together this Hot Cocoa Bar.  The fabulous printables are from Catch My Party {thanks for saving my butt girls} and totally complimented my colour scheme.
 

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A few plastic cups from some other event were found in one of my party bins.  So I used what red pom poms and beads I could find and hot glue gunned noses to each one.  Then I used brown and white striped pipe cleaners for antlers {because that’s all that I could find in the house}.  And finally I drew on eyes with a sharpie because not a single googlie eye was to be found last minute.  
 
So cute though right?!?
 

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 Not having a chance to run to the store I used what toppings I could find.  Caramels, green sprinkles, mini candy canes and white chocolate chips.
 

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 Marshmallows are always on hand ~ Epic Indoor Campout anyone?
 

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 I pulled a frame down from a wall somewhere and added this printable {love}.
 

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 Pulled out some of the cookies from my Christmas Baking Exchange
 

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 Added some festive straws {purchased just a week before from this lovely Canadian company}…
 

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 And finished with more candy canes and fabulous printables!
 

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For something whipped together as an afterthought, I think that this Hot Cocoa Bar turned out pretty cute!
I had found peppermint popcorn too, which was a hit.
 
To serve the cocoa {which I didn’t realize, until the morning of the Open House, that we were completely out of ~ thank goodness for Darcy being home and running to the store} I placed hot chocolate mix into a large glass pitcher, filled only half way with hot water, stirred well then filled the remainder of the pitcher with milk.  This made the cocoa easy to pour and more like warm chocolate milk so that there was no risk of little ones possibly burning themselves with HOT water. 
 

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This would be a fun winter activity for the kids.  After sledding or for a preschool play date.  
I have brought out the supplies a few more times just for the fun of it and the kiddos love it.

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