SPONSORED POST | December 19, 2012

My Hot Cocoa and Cookie Exchange Party for Non Bakers (with free printables)

holiday hot cocoa bar
A part of my hot cocoa bar

For my second holiday printable post for HP, I was inspired by the cookie exchange party set of Catch My Party. But I skipped the baking part. Instead, I integrated the concept of winter sports and the promotion of local bakers. The idea came to me because we always practice winter sports during the holiday season. It helps to be active during the day and go outside between the night feasts. For me, the beverage of choice after a winter activity is a tasty hot chocolate.

Last weekend, my husband and I went shopping for snowshoeing equipments for us, including our toddler son. Since Zack is too young for skiing or skating, snowshoeing will be our winter activity this year.  I can’t wait for his first time.

With our busy life, I did not find the time to bake cookies this year. I saw many small local bakers who sell cookie mix in a jar or ready-to-eat holiday cookies. Therefore, I devised a cocoa and cookie party where you supply the cocoa bar and your friends bring their exquisite store-bought cookies. We can then exchange what are the best places in town to buy delicious cookies.

The Making of a Hot Cocoa Bar

hot cocoa bar for a snowshoeing party
I printed the the party sign, the paper sheets, the straw flags and the party circles

You will recognize elements of my style in the way I set up my hot cocoa bar for this post. I prefer that people makes their own hot chocolate from scratch instead of making a large batch of hot chocolate. I do this because hot chocolate separates easily. My guests have access to an assortment of hot cocoa powders and chocolate chips from milk chocolate to dark chocolate. To suit all taste buds, I also give them the choice between warm milk only, hot water only or a mix of hot water and milk. It is fun because we can share or experience other hot cocoa recipes.

My favorite hot chocolate fixings are spices (cinnamon, chili, ginger, nutmeg), flavoured sugars. For the adults, I supply mint liquor and orange liquor.

Free Holiday Printables for Your Cookies and Cocoa Party

catch my party holiday cookies and cocoa printables

The Catch My Party Cookies and Cocoa and printable set includes an editable invite to an exchange cookie party, editable tented cards, straw flags, water bottle labels, party circles, party signs, patterned papers, a mini banner, a full-size banner, gift tags, recipe cards, and thank you cards. CLICK HERE to download the entire printable collection.

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2 Responses to “My Hot Cocoa and Cookie Exchange Party for Non Bakers (with free printables)”

  1. Oh how I love your printables! I had my cookie party on December 1, but I will file these away so that I might use them next year.

    They’re wonderful.

  2. Thanks so much for using the set I designed for Catch My Party. I love what you did with them and your idea of using cookies from local bakers!