If there are two things I love, it's drinking coffee and eating cupcakes.
Since it's never fun, or good for my waistline, to enjoy either of those things alone for very long, I decide to do the next best thing. Plan a party and make others enjoy them with me!
If I'm going to have a party, I guess I need a good reason to throw it, and I have just the one to fit a coffee and cupcake theme. It's an open house event taking place in January.
I've always wanted to host a come-and-go type of gathering, but never had quite the right occasion. Admittedly, my excuse now may not be appropriate, either. I really want to show off -- I mean, I can't wait to welcome guests into -- my new-to-me, old house.
My family has lived in this house for six months and only a few friends and family have been inside. I know others are curious to see it, but there hasn't been a good time to come over. Until now.
The inspiration for this winter open house party comes from the myriad of hot chocolate bar images floating around the internet. Every time I see one, I want to have a party because they look so inviting, so tempting.
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I'll swap the cocoa for coffee, and set mine up in the foyer, which coincidentally isn't actually decorated yet. No one will notice because they'll be busy pouring flavored creamers, adding sugar cubes and sprinkling other goodness on their hot coffees.
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The actual coffee brews in the kitchen, where I will also experiment with slow-cooker lattes for those guests who prefer something besides a plain cup of joe.
With steaming mugs in hand, the next stop is the cupcake table set up in the dining room. Since my love of cupcakes had been established, you can expect plenty of choices.
I'll purchase basic chocolate and vanilla, and save my baking time for the decadent flavors of coffee, salted caramel, strawberry shortcake and coconut snowballs. Though not technically cupcakes, these bite-sized cookies fit perfectly into mini cupcake liners and add another flavor to the treat selection.
As for other party prep, I'll simply light a few candles and let the house decor shine on its own.
Planning a low-key gathering with family and friends is just the thing I need to push me through the post-holiday slump that always hits in January. Plus, there is nothing like dozens of people filing through the house to make me go on a cleaning binge and organizing frenzy.
Mix a sparkling house with my favorite latte and cupcake combination, and there isn't a better way for me to start a new year.