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Happy Holidays everyone! I’m Nole from Oh So Beautiful Paper and I’m so excited to share some holiday party inspiration with a Copper Keurig Holiday Hot Chocolate Bar! I live in Washington, DC, and when the winter months roll around it starts getting dark here pretty early – like 4:30 p.m. early. To make up for the early sunsets, I gravitate towards metallic sparkle and shine. A copper holiday party with a festive hot chocolate bar is the perfect way to celebrate the season with family and friends!

Copper Holiday Hot Chocolate Bar with Keurig / Oh So Beautiful Paper for Delish Dish

Keurig makes it so easy to set everything up! All you need for this hot chocolate bar is a few beautiful mugs (preferably made of copper, of course), some festive drink stirrers, and fresh flowers to set the mood. I also made a beautiful minimalist party wreath by spray painting a wire wreath form with copper spray paint and adding a few handfuls of baby’s breath from the grocery store and some battery powered LED string lights for extra sparkle. We placed our hot chocolate K-Cup pods in a vintage copper compote for easy access and made the Keurig brewer front and center!

For some additional holiday cheer, add a tray of spirits to mix with the hot chocolate. I’m a big fan of adding a splash of bourbon to my hot chocolate. Or if spirits aren’t your thing, consider an assortment of treats and toppings, like marshmallows, mini candy canes, flavored syrups, and perhaps spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Display the additional ingredients in glass pour bottles or beautiful bowls in your party color palette!

Copper Holiday Keurig Hot Chocolate Bar / Oh So Beautiful Paper for Delish Dish

Our color palette was copper and black with wood tones and other metallics mixed in. I really love the combination of the copper bottle brush trees with the silver tinsel drink stirrers. So much sparkle! We chose not to cover our wood side table, but a neutral linen table runner would be really lovely and add some subtle texture to all the sparkly metallics on the table.

Copper Holiday Keurig Hot Chocolate Bar / Oh So Beautiful Paper for Delish Dish

Copper Holiday Keurig Hot Chocolate Bar / Oh So Beautiful Paper for Delish Dish

I love that Keurig offers the ability to easily make single mugs of hot chocolate – and you can even customize the size for different size mugs! The 6 ounce brew size turned out to be the perfect amount of liquid for these vintage copper and ceramic mugs, and there was just enough room to add a bit of whipped cream on top! And the best part is that there’s no messy clean up from making a bit pot of hot chocolate – just pop in as many K-Cup pods as you need at any given time! Your guests will be warm and cozy with a mug of hot chocolate in hand!

For more information on Keurig brewers, visit their website here.

Cheers to a festive holiday season and lots of hot chocolate during these cold winter months!

Nole Garey

Oh So Beautiful Paper

Happy Holidays! ‘Tis the season for parties and more parties. Are you planning on throwing a shindig? Well, if you are or even if you’re not, I’ve searched the BHG recipe archives for some of the tastiest and easiest party recipes that are sure to be a hit with family and friends no matter what the occasion is.

Appetizers: I think for the most part, holiday parties are made up of mostly appetizers. It’s so much easier to throw some of these together than a sit down dinner and you can have more of a variety laid out for your guests. All of these can be made in advance so you can keep things as organized and low stress as possible.

1. Crunchy Cracker Snack Mix/ 2. Roasted Garbanzo Beans/ 3. Wrap & Roll Basil Pinwheels/ 4.Gorgonzola-Thyme-Stuffed Olives/ 5. Sugared Bacon-Wrapped Smokies/ 6. Mini Puffs with Goat Cheese and Herbs/ 7. Fresh Arugula Bruschetta/ 8. Stuffed Mushrooms/ 9. Crab Cakes

Drinks: Any party you go to or throw is bound to have a tasty drink or two! These are some of the more popular options I found on BHG:

1. Hot Scarlett Wine Punch/ 2. Raspberry Mojito Punch/ 3. Rosy Cheeks/ 4. Citrus Cider/5. Minty White Chocolate Egg Nog/ 6. Chocolate Blitzen

Main Courses: If you choose to do a main course for your party, here are some festive and easy meat options:

1. Easy Slow-Roasted Beef Tenderloin/ 2. Holiday Roast Goose/ 3. Cherry Stuffed Ham/ 4.Pecan Parmesan Pork with Port Sauce

Dessert: Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without some sort of cookie!  Here are some fabulous options perfect for any party that can all be made days in advance:

1. Eggnog Kringla/ 2. Gingersnap Logs/ 3. Giant Ginger Cookies/ 4.  Cherry-Almond Ornament Cookies/ 5. Chocolate-Peppermint Meringue Kisses/ 6. No Bake Lemon Drops/ 7. Spritz Blossoms/ 8. Red Velvet Whoopie Pies/ 9. Almond Biscotti

 Happy Holidays from my kitchen to yours!

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