December 23, 2013

{Red & Gold} Hot Chocolate Christmas Party & Free Party Printables!!

I know I was missing in action last week but it was worth it :) 
I had a lot of things to finish up at work & wanted to spend any off time with my family. 
This week we are enjoying time off and time together.
So amazing! 

But I wanted to hop in and squeeze in one last Christmas post before it came and went.

We've made a little tradition of doing a cookie exchange & hot chocolate party around Christmastime with all our friends and we carried it over again this year!!

I also had the lovely help from the cutest little online party shop called The Little Green Wagon. Carissa sent me a fun surprise package in the mail with lots of cute party supplies to use in our Hot Chocolate bash!!

I'll be sharing some of the sweet details she provided as we go :)

I went with a red & gold theme this year with a few splashes of aqua (cuz it just can't be helped around here!).
I'm loving using gold during the holidays!!

Of course, any excuse to use my mason jars (and surprisingly, they are not too hot to use with warm beverages. We just let them cool for a few minutes before serving). 

The adorable red & green striped straws are from The Little Green Wagon
The plain red ones were leftovers from other parties. I love the festive feel the green & red ones brought to the party. 

Of course, I had to find an excuse to bring out my gold centerpiece from the fall mantel
I shared my tutorial on it here

Since I did the fall saying in vinyl, I didn't want to peel all that off, so I just laid a piece of black poster board over the quote. Worked like a charm to be a blank chalkboard. 
I layered a red ruffled felt wreath on top of it and hung the 'warm up at the chocolate bar' printable from the wreath with gold rope. 

Check out the bottom of the post for your own free Chocolate Bar printables!!!

I found the fun red garland at Michaels and loved how long and drape-y it was.
And it folded up easily to be used again! Score!

More cute straws filled a jar on top of a vintage crate.
I filled the crate with napkins, plates and then set out a couple more jars for utensils. 

See the cute little mini cake stand the mason jar is sitting on? 
Another cutie from The Little Green Wagon.
I can just imagine a bunch set up with cute cupcakes on them. 
Isn't anything cuter in miniature though? 

Next to the table, I set up the cookie exchange on the buffet. 
I set out chargers to fill up with yummy cookies for everyone to nibble on and try. 
The cute cups set out next to each plate are actually tiny containers wrapped with adorable red & green Damask cupcake wrappers from The Little Green Wagon

We used the containers to contain the votes for the favorite cookie.
I found adorable tiny gingerbread cookie buttons from Hobby Lobby and everyone got one to cast their vote with.

The cute mini tissue poms that are strung along the front of the buffet were also from The Little Green Wagon.
I love how festive & happy they look paired with gold rope and a simple green wreath. 

Another fun 'voting' printable was framed and set in the middle of the cookie set-up to remind people to cast their vote for the favorite cookie! 

Free Printables available at the end of the post!

For all the yummy fillers, I filled a gold tray with some painted glass containers. 
They were filled with all kinds of yummy goodness- mini chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, mini M&Ms, hazelnuts, and candy canes.

We also had dipped chocolate spoon stirrers and whipped cream to top it all off! 
The cute mini wooden spoons are some more cuties from The Little Green Wagon.
They were perfect for scooping out the right amount of toppings. 

I wanted to fill out the area with something fun hanging above so I used a smattering of large red tissue poms, sparkling gold ribbon and painted dollar-store snowflakes. 

They added just the right amount of sparkle & glam to the table. 

Eventually, the table was filled with yummy food & dips too :) 

And now for just a few more eye candy pictures!!

(Don't forget to check out the free printables at the end of the post!!!) 

And we can't forget the little cuties that shared the party with us!
They sure made good use of the Hot Chocolate bar!!

Lots of pretty pictures :) 

Now onto the freebies...

I'm sharing both of my free Hot Chocolate Party signs with you!!
Because I love you and all :) 

Click below to download your free prints:

 Printables are intended as gifts for Tattered and Inked readers only.

As with all my free printables,
these are for personal use ONLY.
Please do not claim them as your own or alter them.
For a complete list of all my free printables,  head to this page. 

And a HUGE thank you to Carissa at The Little Green Wagon party store who provided such cute party supplies!!
I was provided with free party supplies for this post but all opinions stated are 100% my own. 
Be sure to visit The Little Green Wagon for adorable party supplies :)
You can follow Carissa here on Instagram or on Pinterest!

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