Now that it’s the festive season, you’re likely planning a family get-together or party. And a party’s not a party without a chocolate fountain!
The holidays are a great excuse to get creative and decorate your table in a way that will really impress your guests. At this time of year, more is more!
A home chocolate fountain is ideal for small family gatherings or parties with friends. It also makes for a stunning centerpiece.
Setting the holiday table
First of all, choose your color scheme.
Christmas used to be just red and green but these days anything goes! To keep it luxurious, add a touch of gold, silver, or even purple.
For a Winter wonderland theme, combine cool, icy whites, with blue and silver hues.
Once you choose the colors, select table linens which will complement and hide any chocolate spills.
Match the table linen directly surrounding the fountain to the type of chocolate you’re serving.
Use white linen for white chocolate, for example, and darker linen for milk and dark chocolate. Any chocolate drips which may occur won’t be so obvious.
Then use complimentary colors underneath and around the table edges for a festive look.
For any color scheme, surround dipping treat platters with faux snow piles, lay evergreen branches across the table, or keep it simple with a small arrangement of pink and red poinsettias.
If paper plates will be used, choose colored plates that tie in with the theme, or if white plates are the choice, consider festively colored napkins that tie in with chosen color scheme.
Dressing your chocolate fountain
Fountains were designed to be decorated, so don’t overlook this opportunity to create a truly inspirational holiday table.
Choose a chocolate fountain topper which complements the theme, tone or color scheme of the evening.
If the holiday event will be casual, consider a sprig of mistletoe tied with red ribbon or a group of reindeer standing on faux snow.
For a more formal holiday event, consider a holiday floral arrangement. A combination of red poinsettias, evergreen branches and holly leaves look stunning together.
You could also choose a stacked trio of elegantly wrapped (small and empty) boxes to emulate holiday gifts.
Wrapping the topper and the chocolate fountain in white twinkle lights will continue the festive feel and match any décor from casual to formal.
Elevating the chocolate fountain gives you the opportunity to drape it with rich fabric. For a guaranteed showstopper, use red velvet.
You could add some colorful baubles or other ornaments tied together with satin ribbon for a truly spectacular Christmas display.
Festive dipping suggestions
Any and all dipping items are great regardless of the time of year. But you can choose dipping items appropriate to the holiday.
Marshmallows and Christmas cookies are great for parties. Also get out those cream puffs, pretzels and strawberries for fun and color!