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Having a Chocolate Party, any ideas?

momof3 Jan 2, 2007 10:02 PM

I am having a chocolate party for my daughter's 8th birthday at the end of this month. We are planning on handing out invites printed on chocolate bar wrappers and we are borrowing (or buying)a chocolate fountain.
I need some more ideas of what to do, serve, or give as "goody bag" items.
Who better to ask than my fellow CH'ers.
Thanks in advance.
MO3

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    12tol Jun 21, 2008 08:12 PM

    Hi here are some ideas:

    guees which? - blindfold the kids and feed them chocolate, they must guess which chocolate they have just tasted, person who guesses right the most wins a prize

    chocolate sculpting - set up bowls of differnt sized chocolates and let the kids create a sculpture [monument, animal etc.] using chocolate and icing and melted chocolate as 'cement'

    Baking - bake brownies

    Chocolate spa - make chocolate masks [easy recipe on the merry chocohilic website] and do a spa, also try hand creams, bath salts etc.

    Watch Willy Wonka

    Chocolate race - in a circle take turns rolling a dice, when a 6 is rolled the person msut jump up, put on a hat, shoe, shirt, pants and gloves, run to a HUGE chocolate bar which is wrapped in newspaper [like pass the parcel] and start opening it, everyone else keeps on rolling the dice, when another 6 is rolled the next person must get the items off the exixting player, dress themselves and start on the chocolate, when actual chocolate is unearthed the players must eat it with a knife and fork

    Stack th oreos - each person rolls a dice, if a 2 is rolled the perso must stack 2 ores, and this repeats untilthe tower falls down, the last person to successfully stack the oreos wins the bikkies

    Chocolate puzzle - buy some identical chocolate bars and use a knife to break each into odd shaped pieces, place the broken bars nto seperate bags and the first person to reassemble their bar wins a prize

    Chocolate hunt - scatter small wrapped chocolate all over your house/yard and get the kids to find them

    Lucky sticker - place a chocolate scented sticker on something one of teh girls owns and the person who's stuff its on wins a prize

    Guess how many? - fill a jar with mnm's and the person to guess the amount [or closest] in the jar wins all the MnM's

    Pinata - get a chocolate pinata and fill it with chocolate

    Trivia - have a trivia contest on chocolate

    Make a large pile of whipped cream with chocolate hidden in it, the girls each have 30 seconds to find as many as they can not using their hands

    Chocolate toss - have the girls toss chocolates onto targets

    Make bingo shets with different pictures of chocolate on them, and play as usual

    Decor - plaster pictures of chocolate around the party area, have brown balloons and streamers, use chocolaet letters as place settings, have the girls each depicta certain chocolate as a costume and have chocolate shaped and scented things in the favours

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      dagwood Jun 16, 2008 08:37 AM

      chocolate waffles. you can make them ahead of time and warm them in the oven. they too can be dipped in the chocolate fountain.

      for favors, or just treats, you can make chocolate rice krispy treats, then mold them in a funnel and wrap them in foil to look like giant (or whatever size your funnel is) hershey kisses, and you can add a ribbon sticking out of the top with a message on it, like "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" and your daughter's name, or something similar. I've done them before and they're pretty simple.

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        chocolatedani Jun 16, 2008 06:37 AM

        this is exactly what kids would like have a look!! -
        Bake a chocolate strawberry pizza. Since this recipe is made with real pizza dough, not the cookie dough that typical chocolate pizza recipes recommend, it should help to prevent sugar overload.
        Make hot cocoa or chocolate milkshakes depending on whether this is a cold season or warm season party.
        For dessert you'll want to dip bananas, strawberries, kiwis, and other fruit into chocolate fondue.
        Make decorated chocolate pretzels. You can eat some during the party, and save the rest to give as gifts.
        Make chocolate candies or lollipops Fudge is an easy candy to make if you're looking to keep it simple. Once again, you can eat some and save some to give as gifts.

        What's your favorite chocolate food? Is it triple layer chocolate cake? Chocolate ice cream? Hershey's bars? Then by all means include it in your party plan as well!

        Write an Ode to Chocolate as a fun group activity. The verses could go on all night.

        Rent and watch Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

        Tips:

        Be sure to have plenty of ice-cold milk on hand to counterbalance the chocolate.

        Serve a few non-chocolate snack items just in case the party becomes too much of a good thing (although I don't see how that could happen!)

        Make some recipes with milk chocolate, some with dark chocolate, and others with white chocolate to keep things interesting.

        Party Favors

        Give your guests small baskets filled with chocolate scented candles and chocolate soaps as party favors. Make sure the baskets have enough room to fit the chocolate pretzels, fudge, or other candies you make during the party

        Hope you like it!
        http://www.reasontoparty.com/chocolat...
        you might like this one as well!!

        you can get back to me for some of the recipes and further details

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          marlie202 Feb 1, 2007 03:22 PM

          I would just keep it a chocolate theme--everything chocolate-chocolate birthday cake,chocolate and vanilla fudge ice cream, choco sauce,chocolate whipped cream,-hot chocolates, chocolate candies goodee bags-chocolate perfume-I think this exists-m&m's etc..enjoy

          1. Emme Jan 31, 2007 05:57 PM

            Glad it went so well... Maybe next year, you can do a make your own candy bar... Start with those squirt bottles then offer different candies, cookies, mix-ins, to personalize a candy bar. Then maybe wrap each bar in foil and enable kids to make labels to name their candy bar creations!

            1. momof3 Jan 31, 2007 07:24 AM

              Update: We had the party on Sunday and it was a huge success! We did use a chocolate fountain, which was a little messy, but nothing terrible. I bought those little heart shaped candy molds and melted white chocolate and milk chocolate. I put the melted chocolate into 3 squeeze bottles and food colored one on of the white chocolate's pink. I let the kids squeeze the different melted "colors" into each mold. Froze them and popped them out when they were ready. The kids took these home in their goody bags. Instead of a cake, the kids each decorated their own cupcakes. My daughter had a mini cake, a little bigger than the cupcake to decorate. When they were finished, I put a candle in my daughters and we all sang happy birthday and they ate their individual cakes.
              This party was so fun, she wants to do it again next year!

              1. notmartha Jan 5, 2007 03:21 PM

                Another idea is serving hot chocolate w/ whipped cream with cookies.

                Make your own hot fudge sundaes with all sorts of fixings are always fun.

                Another thing to do in lieu of chocolate fondue is we actually melted some chocolate chips with heavy cream into a thick mixture and dip cookies into them (we were experimenting with the Easy Bake Kid's Oven).

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                  aussie Jan 5, 2007 09:15 AM

                  The guests may like to make chocolate pizzas. Simply choose a small round tart case mould and get the children to put in a selection of mixed lollies. Then pour melted chocolate in. When set simply pop the chocolate pizzas out of the mould. This can also be done with a large spring form tin.

                  1. welle Jan 4, 2007 08:31 PM

                    You can do a 'chocolate hunt' sort of like egg hunt. Lindt truffles are a good tool(?) for this.

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                      upstate girl Jan 4, 2007 08:25 PM

                      Why not put out a bunch of different chocolate items and let the kids choose and fill their own goody bags. Chances are they will be bouncing off the walls by that time and rather than waste, let them (or their parents if the chocolate coma has hit) decide what to put in the goody bags.

                      I like the chocolate paint idea. You can do it with inexpensive pudding and kids love it, I've done it before. Have fun, sounds like it will be a fun party!

                      1. HillJ Jan 4, 2007 08:18 PM

                        We have "chocolate village" nearby for customizing all sorts of candies. Do you have a retail make-your-own shop nearby? You might be surprised by what the sell to help you create something special and very affordable.

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                        1. re: HillJ
                          momof3 Jan 5, 2007 12:27 AM

                          I would like to live in a chocolate village! Is it a store? Sounds amazing and magical, nothing at all like that here.

                        2. chef chicklet Jan 4, 2007 04:22 PM

                          M&Ms are now available for personal names/greetings. All brown M&Ms with Happy Birthday! on some and then Susie's 8! on the other.

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                          1. re: chef chicklet
                            notmartha Jan 4, 2007 06:13 PM

                            That's a good idea for a chocolate related item in the goodie bag. They do have lead times (tried to order last year around v-day and didn't make the cutoff).

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                              Kater Jan 4, 2007 06:38 PM

                              I used them for my son's Valentine's last year. They turned out nicely and I was pleased. However, I thought they were a bit expensive. I ordered four 7oz. bags which cost $60 shipped and were not really adequate to fill 10 tiny containers - I had to add in other candies. This year his class has 20 children and I'm just not willing to spend $200 on Valentines, but I'm glad that I did it once!

                              If you ordered today you could receive your m&ms by Jan 17, so the lead times are pretty short!

                              http://www.mymms.com/holidays/valenti...

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                                momof3 Jan 5, 2007 12:26 AM

                                I did look into this, thought it was a great idea and even had a
                                coupon. Even with the coupon I thought it was way too expensive.
                                Maybe for a big event like sweet 16, wedding, bar mitzvah....too much money for an 8 y.o.
                                :)

                                1. re: momof3
                                  notmartha Jan 5, 2007 03:17 PM

                                  That is pricey. But I guess you can cut the cost by mixing in at least half regular M&Ms in other colors?

                                  Anyway, you can always opt for other kinds of chocolates in the goodie bag. One year I stuck some See's lollipops with the happy birthday stickers in the goodie bags. Not cheap either.

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                            emilief Jan 4, 2007 03:52 PM

                            When Pigs Fly Bakery in Maine sells chocolate bread . You can buy a kit online and make your own- can use it to make sandwiches with marshmellow fluff e.g.The bread is outrageously delicious, almost like brownies but with the texture of bread.

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                              aussie Jan 4, 2007 12:36 AM

                              The easiest thing that I make that is always popular is chocolate peanut clusters. Simply melt the chocolate in the microwave I usually use a large glass bowl / mixing jug. Then add peanuts (or threaded coconut for non nut eaters) Put spoonfuls on grease proof paper or parchment. Allow to set at room temperature. All made in less than 10 minutes!

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                                Jacey Jan 4, 2007 12:34 AM

                                chocolate paint could be an activity
                                chocolate covered fruit (so the party can be a little healthy)
                                throw in some white chocolate treats, and you can get different colored chocolate
                                play games with hershey kisses
                                milk shakes or chocolate-based smoothies with fruit or peanut butter
                                another yummy treat is waffles dipped in chocolate
                                nutella spread on other desserts...

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                                  Judith Jan 4, 2007 12:27 AM

                                  Chocolate kisses.

                                  1. momof3 Jan 4, 2007 12:12 AM

                                    Great ideas so far! Glad I didn't invest in purchasing the fountain. Sounds like a disaster averted. I will go with the fondue. I also like the chocolate "bags" idea. How would they stay bag shape? I guess I just can't picture it.
                                    I think we will also make some chocolate molds, maybe lollipops?
                                    You c'hounders are the best, thanks!
                                    MO3

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                                    1. re: momof3
                                      chowser Jan 4, 2007 03:38 PM

                                      For chocolate bags:
                                      http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...

                                    2. HillJ Jan 3, 2007 12:14 AM

                                      S'more Brownies are fun
                                      Make Your Own S'mores (microwave version)
                                      Have you ever tried baking cupcakes in small unglazed garden pots? Works great and you can have the kids ice & decorate them.
                                      Chocolate brittle.

                                      I must say you are brave to consider a fondue fountain with small children. Most adults I know have had a challenge learning how to properly heat and use them.

                                      I'm thinking fondue is much easier and you can control the burner by allowing each child to take a chance.

                                      Have a great time!

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                                        Claudette Jan 3, 2007 08:29 PM

                                        We had a chocolate fountain at our office Christmas party, and there were casualties everywhere: shirts, pants, carpet, table - you name it. Perhaps your kids will be better coordinated than my colleagues!? It was a lot of fun, though.

                                        1. re: Claudette
                                          chowser Jan 3, 2007 08:35 PM

                                          It's messy--I wouldn't do it with 8 year olds. But, a fondue might work but you'd have to monitor it and food falls off into the fondue.

                                          If you're up for it, you can "paint" the inside of wax bags w/ chocolate and then peel it off when it hardens. That might be fun for the girls to do and then they can fill it w/ chocolate mousse and fruit. If there are no nut allergies, they can make buckeyes, too, with the melted chocolate.

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                                        MobyRichard Jan 2, 2007 10:23 PM

                                        Anything to be dipped in the chocolate fountain should have a flat surface. Cut round things in half; there's less slippage off plates and onto clothing, carpet, etc.

                                        1. la vida dulce Jan 2, 2007 10:18 PM

                                          OK, number one caveat with the chocolate fountain, make sure you have plenty of small plates or a ton of napkins. Or put bibs on everybody, that stuff gets all over EVERYTHING. Last wedding buffet I worked, the men had chocolate stains all over their shirts. You may want pre-dip the stuff on skewers, then place them into a large melon or a decorated stryofoam base (you can be creative!). Still it is fun and everybody gets deliciously messy. What a great mom to do something so special!

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                                          1. re: la vida dulce
                                            Snackish Jan 2, 2007 10:29 PM

                                            Yes, yes, I agree completely. I had chocolate fondue at a party where there were only about 5 kids and the damage was tremendous. Blobs of chocolate everywhere.

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                                              Andiereid Jan 4, 2007 12:14 AM

                                              You might send some Tide Sticks home in the gift bags for the parents? (No, really! I'm serious!)

                                          2. chocolate chick Jan 2, 2007 10:15 PM

                                            I have been doing chocolate birthday parties for kids for 3 years. Are you having the children fill chocolate molds? There are hundreds of different themes (animals, sports, dress up...)You can have them decorate candy bags or boxes with themed foam stickers which they can use to take home their chocolate lollipops in. Those are their goody bags, but they can be embellished with a plastic mold and a squeeze bottle. For the fountain, we usually dip strawberries, graham crackers, marshmallows (preferably homemade) and pretzel rods. They can also roll the dipping items in sprinkles, graham crumbs or anything else you like. These parties are a lot of fun.

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