We start our winter break in a couple of days.  It just felt like something that should be celebrated…no school, Christmas, friends.  I had in mind something similar to the ice cream party we had in the spring, but more seasonal.  I brainstormed a bit and came up with a hot cocoa stand.  Recruiting a friend to help, we made a large stock pot full of hot cocoa and set out a table full of festive sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, marshmallows, homemade whipped cream and candy canes for the kids to enjoy as toppings. A little Christmas music, some homemade signs and we were set.

hot cocoa stand

hot cocoa stand

Our house is situated on the walk home from school for most of our neighborhood.  We had our kids tell their friends (and their friends’ friends) and had everything ready to go when school let out. With 30 mph winds on the day of our stand we made a quick decision to move everything inside the garage.  It sheltered us from the wind and with a space heater in place, it was nice and warm.

hot cocoa stand

As soon as we started serving the word quickly got out and we had kids from all over the neighborhood making their way to our stand.  We met new friends and laughed with the ones we already knew.  If you ever find yourself living in a new place I think this might be an excellent way to meet your neighbors.  Who doesn’t like hot cocoa on a cold day?

hot cocoa stand

hot cocoa stand

hot cocoa stand

hot cocoa stand

hot cocoa stand

hot cocoa stand

After all the hot cocoa had been drank, and the kids were on their way home, we worked on cleaning up.  In the background I could hear my boys, along with my friend’s children talking about when we might have our next cocoa stand.  I’d call that a successful celebration.

Two days until the holiday break and counting…we are so ready!

Alison

12 Responses to Hot Cocoa Stand

  1. Amber says:

    What a great idea! I came upon your website the other day just trying to find how to make Salt Dough Ornaments with my roommate! I spent a long time looking through all of your pictures and posts. I really enjoy seeing all of the creative things you and your family can come up with. You look like you have your hands full, but still manage to round all those boys up for lots of fun! Your pictures are beautiful, and I will be trying to find you when I get married! 😉

    I’m sure you’ve already done this, but I thought I would share what I did yesterday. My mom and I had our anual Christmas baking day on Sunday and made our usual star cookies, caramel, dipped pretzles, etc, but this year we added something new. We made reindeer cookies! You make your cookie dough the same as usual, roll them into a ball, flatten them out, and shape them into a “lightbulb” shape. Then, you take two brown M&M’s as the eyes, a red one for the nose, and two pretzles at the top for antlers! It turns out to be really cute and they are so much fun to make! I work at John Deere and we have a “Christmas Banquet” where everyone (and I mean everyone!) brings some food to share, so I decided to make some reinDEERE cookies and color them green! It worked out great!

    Wow I didn’t expect to write that much! (Sorry!)

    Thank you again for all your posts! I really enjoy reading them!

    Happy Holidays!

  2. Alyssa says:

    I LOVE this, Alison! (And I love that you and Angie did it together!) What a GREAT idea! I think I’m going to take your advice and do it this week with my kids!

    :) MISS YOu!

  3. LOVE! I so wish we could have a Hot Cocoa stand with you! This is such a great idea – I’m definitely going to have to show the boys!

  4. angie arms says:

    I think this caught many of the kids off guard. They couldn’t believe it was free! As many toppings as they wanted?! We can have seconds?! Can I take some back for my Mom? little brother? It was so fun to freely give and see the surprise on their faces. It was good for our kids to see us lovin on their friends. What a blast Alison!! Thanks for opening up your garage.

  5. Maggie says:

    what a great idea! such a nice way to end the school term.

    • Alison says:

      It was a great way to end the term. I think some of the kids had not had real hot cocoa or whipped cream before. It was fun to see how much they loved it.

  6. Tara says:

    So cute, what a wonderful idea!

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