The chilly days of February call for cozy celebrations, and nothing could be more cozy than a cup of hot cocoa. How about a hot cocoa party for Valentine's Day?
Gather up your favorite sweets, like cupcakes, strawberries and sweet marshmallows for floating in your cocoa.
Whip up a batch of your favorite cocoa and add it into a pretty little teapot for easy pouring. Add special touches like little heart sprinkles on a cakestand or serving tray.
Don't forget the whipped cream!
Offer strawberry milk or keifer for a special sweet and refreshing option.
Make the party festive by hanging paper lanterns.
Create a happy party table in an instant by sprinkling sweet little heart candies all about.
Place settings are as simple as heart-shaped plates, inexpensive ikea dish towels as napkins, and little boxes of chocolates.
What a treat!
Hanging paper lanterns: I stock up on paper lanterns whenever I visit Chinatown in San Francisco. You can find them online at a number of retailers by searching for chinese paper lanterns.
White cakestands and teapot: Martha Stewart for Macy's.
Pink bowl holding strawberries: Fish's Eddy.
Heart Sprinkles: Carolyn's. (You can place orders by phone).
Heart Plates: Target
Dish Towels (used as napkins): Ikea
Small milk bottles: I found a huge collection of single serving vintage milk bottles at my local Value Village and purchased the entire lot. They are perfect for parties and grab-and-go moments. You can find a similar new version here.
The paper heart straws are from Target.
The whipped cream crock is vintage, found at Pink in Spokane.
The heart-shaped marshmallows are by Campfire and are called CupidMallows. I found them at Wal Mart.
The heart-shaped candies on the table are Everlasting Gobstopper Heartbreakers by Wonka. I found them at Target.
The little heart-shaped candy boxes are from Martha Stewart for Michael's. I purchased a bunch of them a few years ago. I filled them with chocolates. If you have a hard time finding the Martha Stewart boxes, a great substitute are little boxes of Whitman Chocolates that are available for only $1 each at Target and Wal-Mart. I recommend removing the brown plastic holder, leaving the simple white box, as shown above.
Strawberry Milk: Nestle Nesquik
A great dairy free hot cocoa option is chocolate soy milk. Simply heat and serve.
A yummy, healthy substitute for strawberry milk is Nancy's Strawberry Keiffer, available at some health food markets or large supermarkets with a health food section.