What do you do when the weather outside is frightful? When sleet and ice close schools early, but there’s not a single snowflake to be found?

Well, you could stay inside and pout and complain about the weather.

impromptu snow day hot cocoa party

Or you could throw an impromptu hot chocolate party for the neighborhood.

That’s exactly what we did last week when the dreaded “wintry mix” started falling and making the roads all slick.

I’d been wanting to have a hot chocolate party for quite a while. I even have a canister in my pantry with all the supplies — various hot cocoa mixes, flavored marshmallows, candy canes and peppermint Tootsie Pops to use as stirrers.

candy coated marshmallow pops

Throw in some homemade marshmallow pops and some snowflake plates, cups and napkins (bought at the after-Christmas clearance sales), and you have all you need to turn a blah, cabin-fever day into a party to remember. (For more hot cocoa party tips and ideas, check out these this Google+ hangout by Randi of Dukes & Duchesses.)

Making snowman marshmallow pops

The little one and I spent a few minutes making snowman marshmallow stirrers and candy and sugar-coated marshmallow pops. (Thanks to my friend, Marty at Marty’s Musings for the easy and kid-friendly marshmallow pop recipe.)

blue sanding sugar

Now, her recipe didn’t say anything about taste-testing, but my little sous chef insisted.

impromptu outdoor hot cocoa party We set up our spread on the front porch and invited the neighbors over.

snow day hot chocolate party Though the weather was frightful, we had quite a few guests who put on their hats, coats and gloves and braved the frigid temperatures and slick roads to come party with us. A few neighborhood pooches even got in on the action.

The kids really enjoyed the marshmallow pops.

snowy day hot chocolate party And the hot chocolate. You can see it on their faces.

And in the end, it didn’t matter that there wasn’t any snow on the ground.

red light green light in the snow A game of red light, green light takes on new appeal when it’s played on an icy road.

So, the next time the weather outside is frightful in your neck of the woods, get outside in it and throw a party.

impromptu snow day hot cocoa party It looks like we might have the chance again today. The forecasters are calling for more ice before the weather turns warm again on Tuesday. That’s winter in the South for you.

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  1. Really? More ice? I need to go check the weather forecast :( Thanks for linking my marshmallow pops!
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    • So I’ve heard. I’m hoping what I’ve heard is dead wrong. But I don’t think I was dreaming the bad weather. Because I don’t want anymore of it.

      And I was happy to link your marshmallow pops. They were so fun and tasty.

  2. Totally off the subject, but what plugin are you using for your social share? The one I was using also listed the social media stuff on the bottom of each snippet on my home page. DIdn’t like that. Too cluttered. Thanks, Amy!
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  3. The party looked like lot of fun…and love the “marshmallow project”….Ice?…I know all about it as I was traveling on I-85 thru Charlotte and all of a sudden my windshield turned to ice…scarry!…Ice this morning…but looking forward to the warmer temps this week…crazy weather!…Great idea for a party Amy!
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  4. WHat a super cute and fun idea! Even the big kids would love this!
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  5. Amy, how fun is that little party!! I have never thought to do a hot chocolate party but just may have to when the unusally warm 65 degree weather today gets a bit cooler!

  6. This is such a super idea. I love, love love the pics of the children enjoying this treat. How fun. Love your little chef too. Hugs, marty

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