Last week, we hosted a pancakes and pajamas party with a few friends. The kids had a blast running around in their pjs, eating pancakes and decorating gingerbread cookies. It was great being able to have some time to catch up with my friends too! The kids all played so nicely together. We are so thankful for such a great group of people to do life with.
I also decided hot cocoa had to be a part of the festivities. I served some peppermint hot cocoa and some treats to go along with it. I wanted to share this more intricate version I put together for inspiration. The day of, I just used paper cups and not as many treats.
Having the little fixings out made it easy for the kids to grab exactly what they wanted and they all really enjoyed the marshmallow snowmen. To make these, I stacked two large marshmallows on a large toothpick and cut a sliver of an orange gum drop for a nose. I used a black icing pen to make the eyes, mouth and buttons. In addition, I set out candy canes, sea salted caramels, chocolate wafer sticks, snowflake marshmallows and stroopwafles I decorated with icing.
Oh, and my homemade hot cocoa recipe can be found here. If you’d like, add a dash or two of peppermint to make it a little more festive.
There’s always time for a hot cocoa set-up in winter! Plus, this makes a fun centerpiece or display for your home (just put the food in glass jars with lids). Just because Christmas is two days away, doesn’t mean you can’t spend the rest of break sipping on hot chocolate with your family or friends. Whether you go the traditional route with hot chocolate and marshmallows, or get creative with what you add in, this is such a fun thing to do together leading up to or after Christmas.
If you find inspiration from this post, I’d love to see pictures! Don’t forget to tag #marinamakesdiy and #marinamakeseats!