Skip to main content

Sponsored Content

How to Host a Hot Winter Party

Dec 08, 2014 03:38AM, Published by Family Features, Categories: Family Features Food, Family Features




If cooler temps have you feeling blue, there's no better time for a party with family and friends to lift your spirits.

Though you may not want to treat your guests to an al fresco brunch, winter weather shouldn't hold you back from entertaining in style. From playful party games to creative recipes that feature the fresh flavors of watermelon, a little mid-winter gathering is just what you need to beat boredom and get you primed for sunnier months ahead.

To make your winter party a hot success, follow these tips for setting the theme and creating the perfect menu:

  • Don't shy away from foods typically associated with warmer weather. Watermelon, for example, is actually available year-round and makes a surprisingly healthful and delicious addition to a winter party spread, whether in a fruity drink, side dish or dessert. The recipe below combines decadent chocolate fondue with the light, sweet pop of juicy watermelon. Remember to save the rind to use as a pretty carved centerpiece.

  • Pick a theme that pays homage to the season. Penguins, snowmen, icicles - the possibilities are endless, so set your imagination free. Remember that lighting sets the mood, so look for options that complement your theme, whether soft and subtle candles or bright and colorful paper lanterns.

  • Take advantage of the cooler weather as an excuse to savor an array of rich, decadent comfort foods. Serve warm, crusty breads with dips or a thick, creamy soup or chili. Or delight guests with an indulgent chocolate fondue with watermelon dippers for a little extra fun.

  • Serve a hot cocoa or spiced cider bar and let guests add their own toppings and spices, ranging from whipped cream and maraschino cherries to cinnamon sticks and caramel syrup (adult libations optional).

  • Help guests forget the blustery outdoors with action-packed party games that get the blood flowing and rev your internal temps. Charades is a classic example that lets a large group participate. Use wine bottles and ribbon-wrapped miniature looms for a grown-up ring toss. Or simply prepare a spirited play list with music so lively your guests can't help but get up and dance.

For more entertaining recipes and party ideas, www.watermelon.org.

Watermelon and Spicy Mayan Dark Chocolate Fondue

Ingredients

  • 4 cups watermelon, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 /2 cup fat-free half and half, plus extra reserve
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 /2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 /2 teaspoon coriander
  • 8 ounces dark chocolate (at least 60 percent cocoa powder)

Preparation

  1. Wrap watermelon cubes in paper towels to soak up excess fluid. Set aside.
  2. In medium saucepan, bring half and half and spices to almost simmer. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate. Let chocolate melt, then continue to stir until thoroughly blended and creamy. Adjust flavors to personal taste.
  3. Transfer fondue to fondue pot and heat according to directions. (If fondue becomes too thick, stir in extra reserve half and half, 1 tablespoon at a time, to desired consistency.)
  4. Place watermelon cubes on platter with fondue forks or skewers.

Sponsored by National Watermelon Promotion Board


Like what you're reading? Subscribe to Around Concord's free newsletter to catch every headline



Family Features Family Features Food


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    03/28/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    03/29/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    03/30/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    03/31/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    04/01/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

  • Discovering New Hampshire

    03/28/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    03/29/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    03/30/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    03/31/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    04/01/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    04/04/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    04/05/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    04/06/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    04/07/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Pushing the Limits

    04/07/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    This exhibition features work by juried members of the League, who were challenged to work beyond...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    04/08/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Pushing the Limits

    04/08/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    This exhibition features work by juried members of the League, who were challenged to work beyond...


  • Guided Gallery Tours

    04/08/2017
    02:00PM — 04:00PM

    Please note that there are two tours, one starts at 2:00 p.m. and the other starts at 3:00 p.m. E...


  • Pushing the Limits

    04/10/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    This exhibition features work by juried members of the League, who were challenged to work beyond...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    04/11/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Pushing the Limits

    04/11/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    This exhibition features work by juried members of the League, who were challenged to work beyond...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    04/12/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Pushing the Limits

    04/12/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    This exhibition features work by juried members of the League, who were challenged to work beyond...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    04/13/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Pushing the Limits

    04/13/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    This exhibition features work by juried members of the League, who were challenged to work beyond...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    04/14/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Pushing the Limits

    04/14/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    This exhibition features work by juried members of the League, who were challenged to work beyond...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    04/15/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Pushing the Limits

    04/15/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    This exhibition features work by juried members of the League, who were challenged to work beyond...


  • Pushing the Limits

    04/17/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    This exhibition features work by juried members of the League, who were challenged to work beyond...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    04/18/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Pushing the Limits

    04/18/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    This exhibition features work by juried members of the League, who were challenged to work beyond...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    04/19/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Pushing the Limits

    04/19/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    This exhibition features work by juried members of the League, who were challenged to work beyond...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    04/20/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Pushing the Limits

    04/20/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    This exhibition features work by juried members of the League, who were challenged to work beyond...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    04/21/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Pushing the Limits

    04/21/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    This exhibition features work by juried members of the League, who were challenged to work beyond...


  • Guided Gallery Tours

    04/21/2017
    12:00PM — 01:00PM

    Enjoy a guided tour of the New Hampshire Historical Society's historic Park Street building and e...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    04/22/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Pushing the Limits

    04/22/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    This exhibition features work by juried members of the League, who were challenged to work beyond...


  • Pushing the Limits

    04/24/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    This exhibition features work by juried members of the League, who were challenged to work beyond...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    04/25/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Pushing the Limits

    04/25/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    This exhibition features work by juried members of the League, who were challenged to work beyond...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    04/26/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Pushing the Limits

    04/26/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    This exhibition features work by juried members of the League, who were challenged to work beyond...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    04/27/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Pushing the Limits

    04/27/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    This exhibition features work by juried members of the League, who were challenged to work beyond...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    04/28/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Pushing the Limits

    04/28/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    This exhibition features work by juried members of the League, who were challenged to work beyond...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    04/29/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Pushing the Limits

    04/29/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    This exhibition features work by juried members of the League, who were challenged to work beyond...


  • Pushing the Limits

    05/01/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    This exhibition features work by juried members of the League, who were challenged to work beyond...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    05/02/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Pushing the Limits

    05/02/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    This exhibition features work by juried members of the League, who were challenged to work beyond...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    05/03/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Pushing the Limits

    05/03/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    This exhibition features work by juried members of the League, who were challenged to work beyond...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    05/04/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Pushing the Limits

    05/04/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    This exhibition features work by juried members of the League, who were challenged to work beyond...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    05/05/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Pushing the Limits

    05/05/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    This exhibition features work by juried members of the League, who were challenged to work beyond...


  • Connect, Create, Celebrate!

    05/06/2017
    08:30AM — 10:00PM

    Connect, Create, Celebrate! Come to downtown Concord on Saturday, May 6 for a fun day of arts, cu...


  • Spring NH Open Doors

    05/06/2017
    09:00AM — 05:00PM

    Spring NH Open Doors is a fun way to experience the best New Hampshire has to offer. During this ...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    05/06/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Pushing the Limits

    05/06/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    This exhibition features work by juried members of the League, who were challenged to work beyond...


  • Spring NH Open Doors

    05/07/2017
    09:00AM — 05:00PM

    Spring NH Open Doors is a fun way to experience the best New Hampshire has to offer. During this ...


  • Pushing the Limits

    05/08/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    This exhibition features work by juried members of the League, who were challenged to work beyond...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    05/09/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Pushing the Limits

    05/09/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    This exhibition features work by juried members of the League, who were challenged to work beyond...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    05/10/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Pushing the Limits

    05/10/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    This exhibition features work by juried members of the League, who were challenged to work beyond...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    05/11/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Pushing the Limits

    05/11/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    This exhibition features work by juried members of the League, who were challenged to work beyond...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    05/12/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Pushing the Limits

    05/12/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    This exhibition features work by juried members of the League, who were challenged to work beyond...


 

 

 

Weekly Recipes