Last year William got invited to a Chocolate making party from one of his classmates and it was so good I decided to book it for Phoebe’s 7th birthday in March this year (2018). It’s called Chocolate Raindrops and it’s run from a lady’s house where she has transformed an area of her house into the chocolate workshop. She has a large area with a long table and then a separate eating area, then a toilet and hand washing area. It really is something to see.
We went for a party of 8 but she can cater for up to 12 people and it’s not just limited to children either, she has held parties for hen groups, team bonding, special occasions, anything you fancy. You can also hire it for family groups. We were welcomed in and I had a table space to put down my bits for the tea. All the girls washed their hands and put on aprons. They all had to have their hair tied back and they had spare hair bands if we didn’t have any. I was impressed with the hygiene standards. She made it clear that they couldn’t eat anything or lick their spoons or fingers! They managed it, I don’t know if I would have been so good. All the adults were offered and made a hot drink.
At the beginning she took the group in sections to collect a pot of sweets of their choice from the pick and mix station to work with which they loved. Any they had left over they got to take home anyway. Then they got to start creating. They worked with milk, dark and white chocolate which is free from nuts. This was even more important to our group as one of the girls’ brother has a severe nut allergy and she has never eaten nuts. The teacher has it all down to a fine art and showed them each step. There were two ladies so always someone on hand if they got stuck. Firstly they chose a mould to fill with chocolate and sweets. Phoebe chose a set of secret keys, there was a lot of choice.
Next up they Picked a picture that they outlined in dark chocolate, then picked out detail in milk or white, then filled with milk or white. When it sets and you turn it over the picture is revealed in chocolate!
A chocolate Florentine biscuit was made by swirling chocolate and then adding sweets and sprinkles. Chocolate popcorn and sweet cups, followed by S’mores made with digestives, marshmallows and of course, chocolate. Then to top it all off, a marshmallow chocolate sprinkles lollipop!
After all that chocolate making they had worked up an appetite. I had pre-made their tea in sandwich boxes kindly provided from a range at personalisedparties.com. Phoebe really loves mermaids so she went for the under the sea mermaid design. Everyone was so impressed that they said Phoebe’s party on them and they could take the boxes home. I just put in sandwiches, a raisin box, crisps and I had a packet of Shopkins biscuits and a packet of pink wafers out. Chocolate raindrops provided squash and water. Also included in the personalised party ware package were hats, masks, flags, round flags or cupcake toppers, cups, plates, all with the same theme. We hat to assemble the masks, hats, boxes and put the sleeves on the cups before hand. Toothpicks we provided ourselves. I wasn’t sure if they’d wear the masks but they all wanted to and loved them! I’d definitely recommend making up sandwich boxes, so easy, no arguments and you can control what food they have. In my experience kids don’t eat much at parties they’re too excited. Except for crisps, sweets and cake! Phoebe chose her cake, a Shopkins tray bake. They can provide the food for you but you can also bring your own.
After the food the chocolate was all set and the children wrapped it up themselves as instructed into their party bags. They each got a company balloon with Phoebe getting a foil helium happy birthday balloon. Party bags sorted too! I wrapped up a piece of cake for each girl and we were done.
All the parents were really impressed that it was something different and I think we’ll be back there sometime soon for another party I’m sure. I paid £25 per head for the party at Chocolate Raindrops near West Malling, Kent; there was a £50 deposit at booking then I paid the balance on the day. I was gifted the party ware from personalisedparties.com. Have you ever been to anything like this?