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the Grinch Party, Part III: FAVORS

Angie never lets her party guests leave empty-handed. She's like Oprah. In aspiring to the same level of generosity, I decided on some grown-up party-favors: Hot Chocolate Kits.


The best hot chocolate I've had was in France, where the method was often to put milk on the stove and then break up real chocolate bars into the simmering milk. I should point out that French people also commonly resort to powdered hot chocolate, and some of those are delicious, too. I, however, wanted to experiment with the real thing. Williams-Sonoma makes a great hot chocoate mix that is basically shaved bittersweet chocolate. If you don't work there, however, and thus have to pay full-price for the stuff, it's a bit of a rip-off. So I made my own by chopping up dark chocolate chips and bagging one cup per person. (The dark chocolate was a bit too much for my husband who would have preferred semi-sweet or even milk chocolate hot chocolate. Obviously go with the dictates of your tastebuds.)


Even better than the real chocolate, though, were the homemade marshmallows. Now this is where I would not resort to the jet-puffed, store-bought kind--they don't melt well into hot chocolate, and they are gross. Sorry. Making them at home produces a completely different product that is simply delicious. And it's not hard. Check out how effortlessly I cut them into squares...Easy, right?

I packaged the chocolate and marshmallows with colorful tissue paper and a Blonde-Designs-created label. The final product looked cute and tasted delicious. Party-favor tip: You should ultimately give the treats to your guests. As it turns out, I forgot I had these little gems, and after all that my guests did leave empty-handed! I bet Oprah never does that.


Despite forgetting the favors, I'd say this party was a success. Everyone seemed impressed by the festive decor, and I definitely heard a couple rave reviews of the food. And while Oliver will likely have no memory of all the party-details, the time and thought we put into this celebration made it feel all the more special to us.

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I LOVE this party! Thank you for sharing the details! I have also had people leave without the favors... oh well.

12.16 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

EXCELLENT! So well done!

Hey, and I'm so glad not to be alone: I, too, forgot to hand out the favors after my daughter's party. I had my husband running down the driveway with them for those who hadn't yet gotten away. :) Oh well.

12.16 | Unregistered Commentermegan

love the favors and am glad you are honest enough to tell us you forgot to hand them out!

12.16 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

I loved reading about this party! So festive and fun! You did a really wonderful job, thank you for sharing!

12.16 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

This is fabulous! I've loved every detail about the party! Great job!

12.16 | Unregistered CommenterLola B.

why? WHy?! why do i not get invited to cute parties like this with mouthwatering gourmet food and amazing decorations and homemade hot chocolate kits-to-go?! hhmmpf...
i'm very jealous of your friends right now.

12.16 | Unregistered Commenterautumn

Where do get those boxes you put the favors in?

12.16 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Wow!! I missed an amazing party. I told my husband that Nate that I really wanted to go because I hated to miss out on Gubler cooking. I really love those homemade hot chocolate kits. That is a great gift idea.

12.17 | Unregistered CommenterAshley McC

I love all the details! I'm thinking I want to throw my own b-day party (Dec. 27th) just so I can try to use some of your cute ideas. Love it!

12.17 | Unregistered CommenterTerese

Kate--I got the boxes at XPEDX, a paper/boxes supply store in Utah. They are 4x4x6 inches (although I was actually searching for 4 inch cubes), clear pop-&-lock boxes.

Ash--So sorry you couldn't make it. We have a party favor with Leo's name on it.

Your whole party looks absolutely smashing! It looks like it was a beautiful success, and you have the pictures to prove it.

Do you mind sharing the font you used for the red title, on your invites and labels? I am a small-time font junkie, graphic design dabbler (I only had to minor in it for my ad major at BYU) and this is the stuff that truly excites me. And all the pretty pictures too. Your guest blogging has been super fun for me.

12.20 | Unregistered CommenterAdrienne

Adrienne--my sister informed me that the font you like is called Buttermilk. She posted about it here: http://blonde-designs.squarespace.com/blonde-designs-blog/2009/11/6/i-love-typography.html. Enjoy.

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