Let's be real: What is a party in wintertime without hot cocoa? The seasonal drink is a must at any event this time of year, and your winter wedding should be no exception.
Hot cocoa is a crowd-pleasing menu addition that won't blow your food and beverage budget (it's an easy add-on or replacement for standard coffee service). We love the idea of serving hot cocoa before the ceremony to warm everyone up, at cocktail hour if it's spiked, or even around a bonfire late-night as dessert. No matter when you decide to serve the seasonal treat, there are a few things you can do to upgrade any standard cup of cocoa.
For example, forget a white ceramic cup and put the goods in something pretty, like a copper mug or coupe glass. From there, it's all about adding "extras," like marshmallows in fun shapes or drink stirrers printed with a catchy saying. You can even let guests channel their inner kid by setting up a self-serve drink station complete with a display of all those toppings (think peppermints and chocolates).
Below, we present 10 delicious ways to serve hot cocoa at your winter wedding.
Offer Toppings and Flavors
Your guests will feel like kids at a candy shop if you set up a display of drink additions like peppermint stir sticks, white chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, cinnamon sticks, and whipped cream. This couple offered extra variety with three different flavor syrups—gingerbread, peppermint, and salted caramel—so each guest can customize their own cup.
Add Homemade Marshmallows
No cup of hot cocoa is complete without marshmallows. And while we'll always love the little packets that come with the grocery store variety, these shaped confections seem more appropriate for a wedding. Stars make for a festive shape, but you can also do hearts (because love) or even Christmas trees.
Create Food Pairings
Elevate each cup with a sweet treat on a stick, like a frosted donut or a chocolate chip blondie. If the event goes late enough, you can even think of this late-night snack as breakfast.
If you're serving cocoa in a paper cup, consider having drink sleeves printed with something special, like your initials, your wedding date, or a catchy phrase like, "Baby, it's cold outside."