DO YOU HAVE A MINIMUM BOOKING CHARGE?
Yes, we have a minimum number of participants for each type of party:
Chocolate Workshops at Cocoa & Heart HQ (Bexleyheath, Kent) - groups of 3
Adult and Hen and Children chocolate parties - minimum booking 6 for adult parties and 8 for children parties, depending on the package
We can run parties for less then the minimum group number, but the charge/cost would remain the same as for the minimum booking.
HOW MUCH SHALL I BUDGET FOR MY CHOCOLATE PARTY?
We cost each party separately based on the group size, type of chocolate party you like and the lenght you like and the distance to the venue. As a guide our chocolate parties for children start from £27.50 per child and our Hen parties from £39.50. As a rule, we don't charge milleage for local parties within Bexley Borough, after that it's 55 pence per mile, plus parking, congestion or any toll charge.
This is just a guide and we are very happy to work with your budget and tailor made the chocolate party for your group.
WHAT LOCATIONS DO YOU COVER?
We cover mainly Bexley Borough, South East London, Central London, Kent, East Sussex, Essex and Cambridgeshire.
We are happy to travel further field, but we might need to charge extra for milleage and time.
Our chocolate making parties for children are available in the following areas:
South East London ( we've previously run chocolate parties in Bexleyheath, Sidcup, Swanley, Bromley, Dulwich, Dartford, Bexley, Petts Wood, Orpington, Eltham, Greenwich)
Central London (we've previously run chocolate parties in Notting Hill, London Bridge, Chelsea, Chiswick, )
Kent (we've previously run chocolate parties in Sevenoaks, Tunbridge Wells, Ashford, Canterburry, Whitstable, Sittingbourne, Rochester, Tonbridge, Faversham, Dover, Folkstone, Sandwich, Maidstone, Headcorn)
East Sussex (we've previously run chocolate parties in Crowborough, Rye, Uckfield, Hastings)
Essex (we've previously run chocolate parties in Colchester, Grays)
Cambridgeshire (we've previously run chocolate parties in Sawston, Safron Walden, Great Abington, Cambridge)
CAN WE COME TO YOUR VENUE?
We are only able to cater for very small groups (3-4 people max), so if you would like to come to our venue (Bexleyheath, Kent/London) you are welcome to book any of our chocolate workshops. If you are thinking of booking as a group, we are able to tailor made the workshop to your taste and style and you can pick any date that suits you.
For large groups, we can help you to arrange a local venue (at extra cost). The majority of our chocolate parties are held at customer's own homes, offices (for corporate chocolate workshops) or hired venues (church halls or tearooms or hotels).
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE CAN I BOOK MY PARTY?
We are happy to take booking for up to 12 months in advance. We only need £50 deposit to reserve your date with balance payable about 2-3 weeks before the party.
WHAT DAYS CAN I BOOK MY PARTY FOR?
You are welcome to book for any day of the week. We are happy to run your chocolate making party on any date that we have available, including weekends, bank holidays and children school holiday. Weekends (both Saturday and Sunday) are always the most popular dates, so book well in advance to avoid disapointment. You are welcome to view our availability calendar on our contact page here.
WHO WILL RUN MY CHOCOLATE PARTY?
Each party is run by Magdalena - the Cocoa & Heart owner, who has been making chocolate on regular basis since 2000. She is very knowleable, so ask her any chocolate related question you like.
We want to make sure that your party runs smoothly, so apart from Magdalena, you will also meet Nick. Nick is normally in charge of running our chocolate stall at markets and craft fairs, so he knows his chocolate! He's also been helping with running our chocolate parties for the last 5 years and he is incredibly patient and always on hand if you need anything during the party.
HOW LONG DOES THE CHOCOLATE PARTY LAST?
The chocolate party is approximatelly 1.5 - 2 hrs long. This very much depends on the group size and age. We also need about 20-30 min on top of that to set up and prepare your party and about 20-30 min to pack our equipment and help to tidy up. So the total time we spend with you is about 3 hrs. We are happy to tailor made the timings to what you like - for example for children parties, we can pause the party for a cake or refreshments to be given out and if you have other activities planned we can do the chocolate wrapping at the end instead of the children.
DO I TAKE ANYTHING HOME WITH ME AFTER THE PARTY?
Yes, of course! We like to run our chocolate parties as a mini chocolate workshops, so you will be busy making your own chocolate which you'll take home (unless you eat it during the party, that is!)
Depending on the party package you choose, you'll work on your own set of chocolate (whether these are chocolate truffles, chocolate bars, fruit & nut medions, large lollipops etc), which you'll wrapp in a beautiful chocolate packaging and take home in a party bag together with our recipe on how to make simple chocolate truffles at home.
DO YOUR CHOCOLATE PARTIES INCLUDE PARTY BAGS FOR THE CHILDREN ?
Yes, absolutely! We include stylish paper bags decorated with a 'Thank You for coming to my party' tag in a colours and style to match the chocolate party and children age. At the end of the chocolate party each child takes home the chocolate treats they made (2-3 types of chocolates) beautifully wrapped in celophane bags or boxes with pretty ribbons. We also include simple recipe for how to make chocolate at home.
If you'd like us to add extra chocolates, sweets or other party bag treats, let us know when you are booking your party. We can add (at extra cost) sweet cones, chocolate sweets, chocolate lip balms, chocolate bath bombs and other little treats.
Alternativelly, you are welcome to use our chocolate party bags to add any other party bag treats yourself.
DO I GET TO TASTE THE CHOCOLATE?
How could we possibly run chocolate parties and not get you to taste some delicious chocolate. Depending on which party package you choose, we have flavoured chocolate, belgium chocolate or different types of Origin chocolates to share with you. For our luxury chocolate parties, we also bring our own chocolate truffle samples and other chocolate treats that we are just working on.
DO I NEED TO GET ANYTHING READY, WHEN YOU COME TO MY VENUE?
There are just a few things that we will need from you. You will need to have enough table space for your guests or children to work. Ideally we need to have an access to fridge and sometimes microwave. We bring everything else with us, including table covering, protective aprons and all the equipment. We need to set up about 30 min prior to workshop starting and we will tidy & clear everything afterwards. We take our own rubbish with us and we tidy up as we go.
CAN YOU CATER FOR ANY FOOD INTOLERANCIES?
Yes, we'll do our best to cater for your group. We can offer chocolate and other ingredients suitable for vegetarians, vegans, gluten free, dairy free and nut free. However, we do work in the kitchen where we work with alergens (gluten, dairy, nuts), which means that we unfortunatelly can't guarrantee cross contamination. Some dietary requiremens might incure additional charge (mainly dairy free milk chocolate).
HOW MANY PEOPLE /CHILDREN CAN I HAVE AT MY PARTY?
This is very much up to you - we are used to working with group sizes from 6 to 25. Sometimes the size might depend on the venue that you'd like to hold your chocolate party. Ideally we need every person to have a space at a table (sitting). If you have a large group - for instance for girls scouts or corporate events we can run several sessions in one day for you.