With a love of putting on holiday parties, it was only right that we volunteer to host a couple of our neighborhood gatherings. Those years there were five or six other families with young kids, these days there are about two dozen kids on the street. What a party that would be!
The first year, we found a day that worked for everyone to gather and we provided beverages, a couple appetizers, and dessert while asking our neighbors to bring a dish of their choosing. We ended up with a large and delicious spread of hot and cold appetizers, salads, pastas, casseroles, and desserts.
|Pinterest inspired veggie tray|
I had this snowman decanter sitting in a cupboard just screaming to be filled with a batch of homemade hot chocolate! I have made a couple different recipes for a large group and this one is by far the best- large batch hot chocolate recipe. From there I added an array of toppings including marshmallows, miniature candy canes, chocolate chips, chocolate Piroulines (long chocolate creme filled cookie sticks), and whip cream. I put the snowman on a cookie sheet to catch any spills and tossed on fake snow flakes I found at Target.
|Homemade hot chocolate bar|
|Licorice, M&M's, gumdrops, marshmallows, & vanilla wafers were some of the decoration options|
|First to the table and ready to decorate|
|Let the frosting and decorating begin|
|"one for the house, one for me!"|
|My boys' finished houses, I think they ate most of the decorations!|
|All the kids|
Even though we have since moved from the neighborhood, we will always have the wonderful memories of our multiple parties and good times with friends and family there. I absolutely loved decorating that house for the holidays. Below are a few pictures through the years.
|Winter planters, I used both fake and live greenery|
|This was a live wreath, I just added the pine cones and bow|
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