How To Throw A Fondue Party (And Not End Up Broke) – With Fondue Recipe!

Fondue Party

This past weekend I decided to throw my first fondue party after being inspired by FoodNetwork’s Snapchat story, weeks ago.

First rule of throwing a fondue party-

  1. It’s ALWAYS a potluck style party. If you don’t know what potluck means, it means each person brings a dish or some type of food to share with everyone else. This ends up saving a lot of money because when you throw a fondue party, you need dippers to dip in whatever fondue you have (duh.) and buying 10 separate items can get a little costly so spreading the wealth among friends makes life a whole lot easier. Whatever they bring doesn’t have to be big, a box of Oreos or a bag of marshmallows will suffice.
  2. Second rule, always BORROW a fondue pot. I asked my grandma for one, I said, “Grandma, do you happen to have a fondue pot I could borrow for this weekend, pretty please?”. She said, “Yes, I think I have one in the basement.” My lovely grandmother proceeds to pull out a TOTE BIN of 8+ fondue pots. I didn’t expect her to have one, let alone enough to feed a small village. Just ask a friend or two (or your grandma) if they have one for you to borrow for the night, and if not, they have cheap ones at retailers like Target or Walmart.

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I decided to throw a solely chocolate fondue party, just because the variety of dippers I’d have to have to accommodate chocolate AND cheese fondue was too much. Pizza bites and taquitos sufficed for appetizers, and surprisingly it wasn’t a problem I didn’t have “real food”.

Fondue Party

For dippers I went with:

  • Pineapple chunks (from a can, this isn’t the White House)
  • Apples (Green? I don’t know how specific you want this)
  • Bananas
  • Pretzel Rods
  • Marshmallows
  • Strawberries
  • Angel Food Cake
  • Wafer Sticks
  • Vanilla Wafers
  • Cape Cod Kettle Chips
  • Rice Krispie Treats
  • Chips Ahoy! Chewy
  • Cookies
  • Donut Holes

I hosted a party of about 9 people and it was PLENTY food. I had to bag the leftover cookies for our neighbors (p.s. GREAT way to get rid of food you don’t want!) Here’s the recipe for the Chocolate Fondue

Chocolate Fondue:

Total Time: 25 min

Makes: 3 or 3.5 cups

Level: Easy

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Ingredients:

2 cups heavy whipping cream

16 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips

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Instructions:

Melt chocolate in double boiler. (If you don’t know what a double boiler is, it’s when you put a pot of water on the stove and put a bowl that’s BIGGER than the rim of the pot and you melt the chocolate in the bowl over the steam coming from the boiling water. It helps to make sure the chocolate doesn’t burn.) If you didn’t understand my description, Google it.

Once chocolate is melted, slowly stir in the cream. Not all at once. Slowly. Keep stirring until all the chocolate and cream is combined. BOOM! You’re done!

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For hosting the actual party, I suggest making your fondue about an hour to an hour and a half before the party and prepping all the food before hand. I set the table up the night before and since the guests brought most the ingredients, just set out bowls for them once they got there. I got almost all my dishes and bowls at DollarTree except the Santa Belt bowls which I got at Michaels. I set up two fondue pots on opposite sides of the table just to avoid spills and people reaching over the table, and it seemed to work out fantastic. ***Number one recommended tip: Use a table cloth!!! All of your friends could live in palaces or the White House or something fancy but SPILLS always happen. Always. Just use a cheap plastic cloth from the Dollar Store, it might not look the best but at the end of the day you can just scoop up the trash and throw it away. Throwing a fondue party is one of the easiest parties you can throw and this guide makes it so much easier.

Holiday Gift Guide 2015- SHOP SMALL

Here we have it, a tad late but still here, the 2015 Holiday Gift Guide for all you buggers out there who have 11 days until Christmas and haven’t ordered/purchased/thought of a single gift. I’ve really been inspired lately to shop small so all of the products on this list come from craft-Ebay mashup, a little website called Etsy. If you haven’t heard of Etsy.com, it is – as according to their website – an “online community where crafters, artists and makers could sell their handmade and vintage goods and craft supplies”. So, I’ve complied a list of gifts that are pretty rad, for the awesome people in your life.

A CatchAll Docking Station

'Christmas Gifts for Men' JigsawFurnishings etsy.com

This wonderful wooden contraption can hold a phone, wallet, keys, watch, pens, glasses, headphones and anything else you might possibly need a dedicated space for.

from JigsawFurnishings, “Christmas Gifts for Men”, $34.99

White Marble MacBook Decals

White Marble MacBook Skins, Wallinspired, Etsy.com

These White Marble MacBook Decals are perfect as a substitution for a marbled MacBook case, if you’re feeling thrifty. Or if the lovely person you’re buying a present for has a laptop bag that PERFECTLY fits their computer and they can’t disrupt the fluidity of their daily lives with a clunky case, how absurd. Also, the decals are made in the United States, DOUBLE PLUS!

from wallinspired, “White Marble MacBook Decals”, starting at $15.00

Natural Wood Selfie Stick

Natural Wood Selfie Stick, StickMounts, etsy.com

This is by far one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. It’s made from natural, fallen Eucalyptus branches and can be fitted with a phone mount or a GoPro mount or both. Talk about an upgrade from your boring, old black Selfie Stick!

from StickMounts, “Go Pro iPhone Android Selfie Stick Natural Wood”, $35.00

Poop Emoji Cookie Cutter

Poop Emoji Cookie Cutter, Francesca4Me, etsy.com

This Poop Emoji Cookie Cutter is something that’s not so expensive you need to take out a loan, but not a crappy trinket you could’ve bought at a gas station. Made in Twinsburg, Ohio, Francesca4Me has many other cookie cutters to choose from so you could definitely make a DIY gift basket out of some different emoji-themed cookie cutters. Perfect for any millennial (maybe not your grandmother, she probably won’t understand it) or anyone you like to joke around and bake some shit (literally and figuratively) with.

from Francesca4Me, “Poop Emoji Cookie Cutter”, starting at $5.00

Handmade Wooden Pizza Peel Paddle

Handmade Wooden Pizza Paddle

Pizza is so versatile, it’s hard to find someone who genuinely hates pizza. If you’re allergic to gluten, there’s gluten free pizza, Celiac disease isn’t stopping you today. Lactose intolerant? Get some dairy-free cheese! Don’t even like pizza? There’s a special place in Hell for you and your cauliflower crust! This handmade pizza paddle is great at saying, “I have my life together!” and a perfect way to show all your 20-something friends you have your shit together! You and your best friend want to have a little get -together to show up Rachel from work? Hook your BFF up with this pizza paddle and show Rachel what’s up! Just wait, your BFF will be thanking you day and night for this wonderful piece of wood and Rachel will be running out to Bed, Bath & Beyond trying to reach your levels of awesomeness!

from TheMountaineer, “Handmade Wooden Pizza Paddle”, starting at $63.00

 

Petite Presents That Make Perfect Stocking Stuffers

Here’s a list of miniature gifts that make great stocking stuffers and also make you feel like a giant!

 1. Benefit They’re Real Sexy On The Run Mascara & Liner Kit

Photo: Courtesy of Sephora

What you get: They’re Real Push Up Liner, They’re Real Mascara in Beyond Brown and Jet Black, They’re Real Remover

Available Sephora.com, $28

2. Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit Trio

Photo, Courtesy of Sephora.com

What you get: Set of three blendable sticks, sharpener

Available Sephora.com, $45.00

  3. Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Palette

Photo, Courtesy of Sephora.com

What you get: Travel size palette of 8 neutral tones, perfect for any occasion.

Available Sephora.com, $24

4. Ombre Seamless Hair Ties

Photo, Courtesy of Sephora.com

 

What you get:  6 elastic hair ties, available in 3 options

Available Sephora.com, $9

5. Iridescent Holographic Glitter Spray

Photo, Courtesy of Sephora.com

What your get: Cool-ass glitter spray to spray all over every aspect of your life.

Available Sephora.com, $10