Planning your chocolate themed party
So, you’ve been asked to organise the bride-to-be’s Hen Party.
the theme is, wait for it, chocolate! Well, virtually everyone loves chocolate, so how
hard can it be?
Here at Cocoa & Heart we’ve successfully delivered a
whole host of chocolate themed Hen Parties for several years now. The venues have
ranged from beautiful country houses hired for the weekend, town hotels and west
end exclusive member clubs, to more simple, but equally enjoyable chocolate parties
in people’s living rooms or kitchens.
But whether the venue’s big or small, grand or modest, we always aim to provide a
fun filled, action packed chocolate party where the bride and her friends actually get
to make a range of chocolates – such as chocolate truffles, choose their own fillings
and flavours, and learn/ pick up some industry tips and techniques along the way.
And, most importantly, of course, come away with a gorgeous selection of their very
own handmade chocolates, beautifully presented and gift wrapped in a special
Planning is the key ingredient– as well as, chocolates, of course. Anxious party
planners, usually ask a stream of questions, chocolate related and otherwise, to
make sure that the Hen Party goes as smoothly as the creamy filling of a luxury
So to get the best out of your Chocolate Hen Party, here’s a few Q&As on what to plan for and why.
I’m thinking of holding my Chocolate Hen Party in our living room. How
much space will I need?
Obviously, that depends on the numbers of guests invited. Ideally, it helps if
there’s one long table (or two or three put together) that people can all sit around
If it’s a bigger venue, such as a hall, several separate tables can work equally well.
All guests get their own trays and set of chocolate making equipment, such as
dipping forks and moulds, but other items, like chocolate bowls and samples are
shared between smaller groups.
Don’t forget also, that I do need some space to demonstrate chocolate making
techniques, such as at the head of the table, but I always make a point of going to
more than one place so that all the group can clearly see what I’m doing.
Will you be bringing any special bulky equipment with you that I need to
A microwave and a heat gun is all that’s usually required and we’ll bring our own. Don’t forget that as we’ll be melting and preparing fresh chocolate to suit your choice of flavours, it’s better to be able to demonstrate this all in the same room. So a separate table or nearby work surface works best. We bring our own cables and extension leads.â€‹
Chocolate can be messy. I’ve hired a venue and I’m worried that it will get
everywhere and I won’t be able to clean it all up afterwards.
We provide our own Cocoa & Heart aprons and disposable gloves so don’t worry
about it getting on your clothes. It also provides a good background for any photos or
selfies you might want to take. While you’re making the chocolates, we clean and
tidy up around you. We’ll also clean up afterwards and are happy to clean floors,
wipe tables, and hoover up as well. All rubbish collected is taken away, afterwards.
What else do I need to provide?
A fridge! Once the first stage of chocolate making is completed, people’s
individual trays will need to lie flat in the fridge to give time for the chocolate mix to
cool and form. We are used to juggling around trays, but we find that at least three
complete shelves are needed, at peak periods. Ideally, the fridge, or a cool kitchen
space such as a larder, should be near to the demonstration area. But we once ran a
Hen Party in an up market West London restaurant, where the walk in fridges were
down two flights of stairs in the basement! Everyone’s chocolates still looked as
fabulous as the exclusive venue.
We’ve never tried to make chocolates before. What’s the learning style?
Hands on. Literally! We take you through all/every stage in making delicious
tasting chocolate truffles, layer by layer – every step of the ways, starting with
professional covertures. And then we’re on hand to guide you as you have fun using
piping bags and dipping forks to make your very own chocolate creations.
When do we get a chance to ask any questions?
Any time you like! We’re happy to answer questions such as the melting
temperature of chocolate, what flavour combinations work best, chocolate transfer
techniques, how to dip and use different types of cocao beans.
You said something about samples. Do we get to eat chocolate as well as
Of course. Knowing how to taste chocolate is very important too! You’ll get to
taste a good selection of single ‘Origins’ chocolate from around the world (think
Whisky single malts) which are not commercially available. The subtle quality and
rich aroma is very different from chocolate bars on the high street.
What will we take away from the Chocolate Hen Party?
Lots of chocolate for starters. It depends on the actual package booked, but
everyone gets their own gift wrapped box of handmade chocolates truffles complete
with coloured ribbons and bows. They make a perfect present in themselves and a
wonderful gift for friends. Not to mention having a lot of fun with your friends along