Part I -The Food
Last night we had our women’s ministry event at church, and our theme was Christmas preparations. We had a wonder, wonder evening, and went home with full hearts and tummies, and a couple handmade Christmas gifts for giving.
The food for the evening was a hot chocolate buffet and donuts! Lots of fun, and a special treat for the ladies. The decor for the evening was themed around holiday candy.
The hot chocolate buffet was a lot of fun to put together. I was really pleased to find four different kinds of hot chocolate powder at the bulk barn. I found regular hot chocolate, white hot chocolate, mint hot chocolate, and candy cane hot chocolate. I bought some simple glass canisters from the dollar store, and decorated them with candy can striped ribbon and some simple labels.
We served the hot chocolate in the church’s white mugs, but tied on a little red satin ribbon on the handle to make them a little more festive.
We had several fun add-ons for the hot chocolate. There was milk, served in an old milk bottle, and also some steamed and frothed warm milk available. There were also different sprinkles, caramel sauce, and whipped cream for toppings. I covered the whip cream container in a piece of wrapping paper, to tie it into the decor. And of course there were marshmallows, large and small, served in beautiful candy cane bowls.
Another fun detail, was the chocolate dipped spoons. I used plastic spoons and dipped them in three different kinds of chocolate; white mint chocolate, dark chocolate and milk chocolate.
They were very easy to make. I melted the white mint chocolate, added a little Crisco to make the consistency more runny, and coated the spoons. While the chocolate was still wet, I sprinkled the tips with broken candy cane pieces. After the chocolate was set, I wrapped the spoons in a piece of clear cellophane and tied with a little red satin ribbon. These would also make a great little gift at Christmas.
The milk chocolate and dark chocolate spoons were made in the same way, but I didn’t use any candy cane sprinkles. I did add a little coarse sugar to some of them, in red and white, and it added a nice sparkle. I served them in small tin buckets from Michaels. There were also cinnamon sticks to use as a fragrant stir stick.
In addition to the hot chocolate, we also offered bottled water, and I covered the labels with a little wrapping paper to add a festive touch.
The food was really simple; donuts. Let’s face it we all love them and they really are a treat for most of us.
We had 8 kinds, and lined them up on simple white plates, with a little label identifying the kind.
To tie in with the candy trees, which you can learn to make here, we also made a donut tree. It was made by inserting toothpicks into a stryofoam cone, and sticking a donut on. We also had some festive Christmas candy, served in some of my milk glass candy bowls.
The tree looked great all dressed up in candy cane red and white.
It was a wonderful, “sweet” evening. And everyone had a great time with all the Christmas preparation activities. Tomorrow I’ll share all the great projects we worked on, and the great Christmas gifts we made together check it out here.