BABY, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE
Don't let another winter storm sideline your good time. Host a pop-up party for your neighbors and take the chill out of the big freeze.
Pop! Goes the Party: How to Celebrate the Cold
Winter without hot chocolate is like sand without the ocean -- it just doesn't make sense. Make hot chocolate readily available to guests by using your slow cooker to prepare it and keep it warm. Set up mugs or cups next to the slow cooker and offer marshmallows and cinnamon on the side. Don't forget a ladle!
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If you're hosting a bed and breakfast pop-up party, keep the breakfast part simple. Serve scrambled eggs, bacon, toast and potatoes if you have them.
Looking to impress the crowd? Try these brunch recipes that will have everyone asking for more.
Baked Alaska is more than a clever twist on commonly frozen ice cream cake. Try this recipe or make a modified version with mounds of pound cake, ice cream and roasted marshmallows.
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Kids love to roll out cookie dough and cut out shapes, so let them loose with snowflake cookie cutters in honor of the storm. Bake them during the party, tie them with a ribbon and send your guests off with a little memento of their pop-up party. If you don't have snowflake cookie cutters on hand, cut out a snowflake shape from parchment paper and let kids trace the shape with a child-safe knife.
What better way to celebrate another freezing afternoon than with frozen chocolate. Freeze candy, make chocolate milk and serve it in a frosty glass mug or make chocolate pudding pops. Dip bananas in chocolate and freeze them or make ice cream sandwiches with fresh-baked cookies.
END BOREDOM WITH BOARD GAMES
Every good bed and breakfast has board games at the ready for guests. Place them strategically based on age-appropriateness. Young kids' games should be within reach of little hands. Adults can enjoy games at a card table.
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Baby, it's cold outside. Since the polar vortex, we've had record-breaking cold temperatures, school cancellations and bad travel conditions. Even the usually balmy South is expecting freezing weather conditions and residents are preparing for the worst by stocking up on canned food and baby supplies, according to reports. So, here we are again, stuck indoors.
As they say, if you can't beat them, join them. Celebrate the occasion by hosting an impromptu pop-up party. Serve frozen chocolate treats and Baked Alaska, and provide paper, glue and scissors for crafts and party games the kids can make themselves. Let your little guests create the fun by making their own snowflake decorations and cookies. And what would a party be without music? Freeze dance, anyone?
Or host a bed and breakfast retreat at your place. Serve a family-style breakfast to anyone who can brave the cold to party. Put out board games and hot chocolate, light a fire and have cozy blankets around for people to snuggle. Want more inspiration?