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Hot Chocolate Party – A Fun Party for Kids to Create

Last Friday night we hosted a hot chocolate party for my kids and a few of their friends.  We had a lot of fun together and it actually wasn’t that hard to pull off.  If you are thinking of hosting a simple party to for kids this winter, this theme isn’t “time sensitive” and would be great fun in December or January when things start to settle down.

Hot chocolate party

Here’s what was on our agenda:

  • Dinner
  • Decorating hot chocolate mugs
  • Make Chocolate dipped and sprinkle covered marshmallows
  • Hot chocolate with all the fixings

Our party was very informal, but you could decorate, and set up a fancy hot chocolate bar for older kids or even adults. There are lots of good ideas on my Hot chocolate Party pinterest board. {Pinterest is always where I start my party planning once I settle on a theme!}  I bought everything I needed {that I didn’t already have in my pantry} at Walmart – sprinkles, chocolate, mugs, marshmallows, toppings for hot chocolate, and even cute gift bags for a buck to send the kids home with a fun little gift to enjoy and remember the party by.

Hot Chocolate Party  2

For dinner, I made hamburger sliders with grass fed beef and mini buns with all the trimmings. Simple and easy – and kid friendly! We also had homemade sweet potato chips.  We served 11 people and used about 8 sweet potatoes {so this is a super frugal food for serving a crowd}.

I sliced the sweet potatoes super thin using my mandoline slicer. Then, I deep fried the thin slices in coconut oil in my fryer. They only take a couple minutes so I made them in several fast batches.  Salt them with a little pink Himalayan salt or even some brown sugar would be good!

Hot chocolate party decorating mugs

Once everyone was done with dinner, we cleared the table and made room for coffee mugs, stencils, and Sharpie oil based markers.  {Several DIY sites suggest using regular sharpies. They will work but if you plan to put your mug in the dish washer, the oil based markers will be a bit better for regular washing/wear & tear}.  The kids had fun coming up with their own designs.  We looked at a few ideas online to get the “creative juices flowing.”

Once the kids were done decorating their mugs we put the mugs in the oven at 300 degrees for 35 minutes so their designs would bake on permanently.

Hot Chocolate Party 3

While the mugs baked, I got out melted white chocolate and lots of colored sprinkles. I let the kids skewer their own marshmallows and dip them into the chocolate and their choice of sprinkles.  While the kids dipped {and gobbled} to their hearts were content, I prepared a big pot of hot chocolate using my homemade chocolate syrup. {If you haven’t made any of this chocolate syrup you are going to want to do that ASAP- we use it all the time – for everything!}

Hot Chocolate Trimmings

I set out lot of toppings for the kids to choose from:

  • peppermint sticks
  • homemade whipped cream
  • mini chocolate chips
  • cinnamon sticks
  • mini marshmallows

There are lots of other options you could choose to set out, including other types of chips {butterscotch, cinnamon, white chocolate}, crushed peppermint, caramel, pirouette cookies, etc.

Hot Chocolate Party 4

When they finished their hot chocolate we said our goodbyes, packed up their mugs to take home, and we gave them a fun little gift to go home. I’d say the party was a success. The kids had fun {mine are still talking about it} and that’s what counts. It doesn’t matter how fancy you decide to get as long as you leave room for the kids to have fun and be creative.  That’s always the best part – giving them room to explore and create!  To see more ideas for winter parties, check out my post here where we did a snowman party last year!

Disclosure: I am a Walmart Mom. This post is sponsored by Walmart.   Walmart has provided me with product and/or compensation in exchange for my time and efforts in creating this post. My participation is voluntary. As always, my opinion is my own.

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  1. This looks like great fun but just in case you don’t know, Kraft Marshmallows have blue dye no. 1 in them. So for anyone whose kid has a dye allergy this can be bad news. Who knew that a white marshmallow had blue food dye? Not me until recently but since food dye causes our boy to have problems we read all the labels.

  2. Great article! This sounds like a fantastic idea for a party!

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