December 17, 2012

Red & Turquoise Hot Chocolate Bar Party!!

And all I had was visions of turquoise & red!!

I decided it had to have neutrals with pops of red & turquoise and I had so much fun with it! 
I used my drop-cloth tablecloth that has made an appearance at a couple of parties so far and I absolutely love the subtle back-drop it gives for everything. 

The toppings were all on the table...while the hot chocolate stayed nice and toasty in the kitchen. 
Guests could crab a jar, fill it up and add all their yummy toppings to their hearts content!! 

Everything in the middle of the table was pretty much found in my garage.
I hunted down fun treasures and gave them coats of red & blue spraypaint.
Yay for being a bit of a hoarder :) 

The trees that flank the set-up are more posterboard trees like the ones from my Christmas Mantel. 
I covered them in strips of linen and wrapped red & blue baker's twine to finish them off. 

One of my favorite things on the table was my toppings centerpiece. 
I used an old baking pan and spraypainted it silver to accommodate several dollar store vases.
The blue ones were simply the same glass vases with a coat of spraypaint on the outside. 
I added acrylic scoops to dish out the yumminess.

I also gave an old candlestick a coat of glossy red spraypaint to lift the tray up a bit. 
The glass martini glass I've had forever and was perfect for adding more height with some sparkly ornaments!!

Our toppings consisted of: 

Mini M&Ms
Mini Chocolate chips
Chocolate Sprinkles
Mini Candy Canes
Hazelnut Bits
Spray Whipped Cream
Chocolate-dipped Spoon Stirrers

I got the way cute 'enjoy some hot cocoa' sign from here
I love using free printables- they're so easy to switch out and change up! 

Above the table, I strung some dollar store ornaments I found from bakers twine. 
I wrapped a dollar store grapevine wreath with strips of red burlap for an easy 10-minute wreath. 

I absolutely adore my cute mason jars with their party lids!
I added some red & silver paper straws to them for extra fun.
(I get my cute straws from this awesome shop!) 
The kids loved them and surprisingly, they were not too hot to have hot cocoa in them. 
Can you believe those cute red plates are from Kroger??

This blue frame was a super easy transformation.
I painted an old thrifted frame a bright blue & added some red sequin fabric to it. 
Instant glam! 
Scatter some ornaments around for easy bling too. 

That gorgeous white cabinet door was leftover from last year's fall mantel
I love having these kinds of props around to pull out when I need them.
It served as the anchor for my table centerpiece and I added a few details with bakers twine and scrabble letters.
easy peasy :) 

The table filled up fast with yummy goodies.
I added chocolate-dipped spoons for yummy stirrers too. 

Look at those cuties! 
They just had to be in a picture :) 

I set up the buffet with plates to hold all the yummy cookies that were coming.
Guests wrote the type they brought on the placecards and we voted on the best. 

I got the cute placecards and cookie exchange printable from Living Locurto- so fun! 
I slipped the printable behind one of those gorgeous frame appliques from Michaels that I painted aqua. 
The burlap & white frame makes me happy too :) 

And check out two of my way-cute guests that definitely lapped up plenty of cookies & hot chocolate: 

So what do you think?? 
We had a blast and it was so much fun decorating for a fun party with friends :)

Have you done any hot chocolate bars this Christmas? 
I'd love to see pictures!! 

I hope this week is going great & all your last-minute Christmas preparations are getting done!
I have tons of projects in the works :) 
See ya soon! 

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  1. Looks like a lovely time was had by all. SO beautiful! I'd love you to come link up at my Pin Me Linky Party.

  2. Hi Kelsey

    OMG - love your red & turquoise holiday decor. I have always liked pairing these colors.

    Happy Holidays!

  3. This is so cute! I love your colors, layering, and little details! What a fun party. Thanks for sharing! Have a very Merry Christmas!

  4. Love this! So question... how did you do the actual hot chocolate?! Everyone make their own individually? Did you make a large pot of it and keep it somewhere else? Just wondering because I would love to do this for my New Year's get together.


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