Hello, hello, my favorite festive friends! How has your fall been? Can you believe we are already half way through October?! Holiday season is officially around the corner & we are talking all about how to get the jump on party planning today (it involves wine so you know it’s going to be good!) host a candy making party this holiday season via lauren kelp

The holidays can get so hectic & while everyone wants to get together for parties, potlucks, and mini gift exchanges, your already busy schedule can’t handle much more. Sound familiar? It’s true! We are busy birds but we also love a good get together, so that is why we are throwing a candy making party!

That’s right…. A CANDY MAKING PARTY!

It’s almost too good to be true, right? Wrong! It’s the best idea ever! Whether you want to be fabulous & make your own Halloween candy, try a dry run for Christmas presents, or be extra prepared and get a holiday party on the books, this candy making party is legit & perfect for so many reasons.

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Everyone loves a good get together, but everyone loves it more when good wine is involved. You know I am right! For the perfect candy-making recipe & an even better wine pairing, hop on over to our friends Kendall-Jackson.

Here is a hint, it involves delicious chocolate, sliced almonds and the most perfectly paired Vintner’s Reserve Cabernet you’ll ever had. The rich flavors of dark chocolate paired with the complex oak and cherry notes of the Cabernet are legitimately divine!

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When sending out the invites for your fabulous candy-making party ask your guests to bring their favorite chocolate bark, toffee, or caramel recipe to share with the group! Grab some index cards or print off this recipe card (made by the amazing Ashley Cooper Design) for your guests to do a fun recipe share!

For our get-together, we had the ingredients of two of our favorite bark recipes – white chocolate and cranberry bark & a dark chocolate and almond bark – already prepped & set out. This way, while your guests are swapping recipes, pouring wine, and catching up, you can have some candy already set out & ready to whip up!

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Whether you’ve got a big island that everyone can gather around or a tiny little galley kitchen, it’s important to create a designated candy-making space. Since my kitchen is the latter, I clear off my dining room table and have everything all laid out and ready to go. That way, my friends can sit around the table, drinking wine & catching up, all while making their own little tin of candy from the pre-prepped ingredients on the table.

Not interested in going the individual tin route? Have a few bigger baking pans & have everyone work on those. Once the candy is done, you can break up & divvy up then.

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You are hosting a candy-making party, of course there has to be goodie bags! Luckily, they are wildly easy & most of the work is already done for you.

Grab a few clear plastic bags (your local grocery store should have them in the baking aisle) and a packet of twist ties, & if you are feeling really fancy you can make or buy little name tags for your bags!

Cut up the candy into squares & divvy them up amongst the bags & voila! Add in those recipes you asked everyone to bring & you’ve got yourself one heck of a little parting gift.

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Photography by Constance Higley & Recipe Card by Ashley Cooper Design

This post is sponsored by Kendall-Jackson but all thoughts, opinions, and food obsessions are our own.