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Warm Up with a Winter Wonderland Coffee Social this Holiday Season!

Warm up your holiday season by filling your home with the wonderful scents of coffee and the sounds of friends' laughter by hosting a Winter Wonderland Coffee Social.  A fun alternative to traditional winter get togethers, hosting a winter coffee social is a great excuse for getting together with your friends and escaping the winter blahs while celebrating your mutual addiction to caffeine! 

Plan your Winter Wonderland Coffee Social for a weekend afternoon for maximum turnout, or, if you want to plan a fun Mom's Day Out, plan your coffee social for late morning on a school day when the kids will be occupied and the other stay-at-home moms won't have to worry about finding childcare.  Whenever you plan your event, sending out informal email invitations is acceptable for this type of event.  You'll only need to set aside a couple of hours for the event, but the pre-party prep might take a little longer.

Create a festive party space by using festive winter wonderland decorations.  Sure, the snow and ice may make it miserable outside, but inside, it will make your party space sparkle and shine!  If there's not enough snow outside for you, add some snowflakes to your party decor with snowflake fans hanging from the ceiling.  They are the perfect complement to the Nordic snow paper plates, napkins, and cups that you can fill your table with!  Top the tables with a pretty snowflake lace tablecloth and some sparkling snowflake confetti to complete your table setting and you're ready to set out your coffees and other tasty treats!  The warm coffees and delicious desserts will be the perfect complement to the winter wonderland you've created!  To keep the party flowing smoothly, you may want to set up two tables, one to hold the coffee bar and the other for the snacks and desserts.  This way, you won't have guests crowding around one table trying to fill their cups and plates at the same time.  This will also reduce the chance of spills and drips! 

Fill your treat table with yummy finger foods like cookies, mini cheesecakes, brownie bites, fudge, and cupcakes for an afternoon coffee social.  If you're hosting a mid-morning coffee social, lighter fare is a more appropriate choice, so mini muffins, chocolate covered strawberries, fruit salad, and mini quiches are surefire crowd pleasers. 

The highlight of your coffee social will be the coffee bar of course, so you'll need to put a lot of thought and care into this.  If you have one of the coffee makers that makes each cup individually, stock up on a variety of flavors so guests can choose which type of coffee they want to brew.  While this might be more expensive than brewing one pot of coffee for everyone to share, it is also a great way to meet the varied coffee tastes of your guests.  Set up at least two coffee urns, one for regular and one for decaf, to keep the coffee hot throughout the party, with doilies or a clear plastic plate underneath the spout to catch any drips.  Once you've got the coffee taken care of, you'll need to help your guests spice up their cup of java.  Set out a selection of spices, including nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and orange peel, along with Splenda and raw sugar, chocolate shavings, a selection of flavored creamers, whip cream, and, if you feel like getting really fancy, some flavored syrups so your guests can create coffeehouse style drinks!  Search online for discount pricing on flavored syrups and stock up on standards like mocha, caramel, French vanilla, hazelnut, and almond.  You'll also want to have a few basic supplies on hand, including a milk frother (you can find inexpensive ones at discount stores so you don't have to worry about shelling out the big bucks for expensive alternatives), extra spoons,  and, of course, plenty of mugs to go around!  If none of your friends are a trained barista, you might want to pick up a book on how to make basic coffee drinks like lattes, mochas, and a macchiato so people can branch out and try something new! 

Spending a couple of hours sipping coffee and enjoying the company of good friends is the perfect way to spend a cold winter day, and with a Winter Wonderland Coffee Social, you can be sure you'll have an event to remember!

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