For your next gathering why not plan a theme around chocolate? To get started you will need to decide what type of invitation you will use. Depending on your budget, you can opt for personalized chocolate wrapper invites or you can pick an invitation with a color scheme including brown. Spray your invitations lightly with a chocolate scented perfume such as Demeter’s Brownie. If you enjoy arts and crafts, why not create your own invitation using chocolate themed stickers,stamps, or pictures? Or you can bake some goodies to be delivered and attach a note including all details of the gathering and some fun facts about chocolate.
Some interesting facts about chocolate include:
- Chocolate melts just below your body temperature, so it melts in your mouth.
- When eaten in moderation, chocolate promotes healthy cardio functions, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
- Chocolate provides skin benefits and is a natural sexual stimulant!
Decorate with chocolate scented candles to create an arousing atmosphere. Use napkins, plates, and cups with color schemes such as chocolate with pink, aqua, green or pale blue; or any color of the rainbow.
There are so many recipes available for this chocolate occasion. I recommend looking online for different ideas. Some favorites include brownies, chocolate mousse, chocolate pudding, chocolate cake or cupcakes, chocolate cheesecake, chocolate fondue with fresh fruit, chocolate covered strawberries, and chocolate sorbet with fresh berries.
As always, I recommend a signature drink for the occasion. There are tons of great chocolate martinis but my favorite is the Lady Godiva Chocolate Martini, you can find the recipe at martiniart.com.
Rent a chocolate fountain for an elegant touch, (not recommended if children will be present.)
Important note: If you spill chocolate on clothing, simply use rubbing alcohol to remove the spot.
Activities can include a chocolate fondue tasting with fruits, bread, candy, and marshmallows. Be sure to try milk chocolate, dark chocolate and white choclate during you’re your fondue session. Also, you can fill a jar with chocolate candies (i.e. m & m’s, Hersey’s kisses) and allow the guests to guess how many there are. If there is time, you can include one of these top chocolate cinemas:
- Lezioni Di Cioccolato (Chocolate Lessons, 2007, Luca Argentero. Hassani Shapi)
- Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971 original with Gene Wilder)
- Como Agua Para Chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate, 1992, Marco Leonardi, Lumi Cavazos)
- Chocolat (2000 version, Juliette Binoche, Alfred Molina, Judy Dench, Johnny Depp)
- Milton Hershey: The Chocolate King (2004 A&E documentary)
- Merci Pour le Chocolat (Thanks for the Chocolate, 2000, Isabelle Huppert)
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005 remake with Johnny Depp)
- Or my personal favorite : “Chocolate Factory” episode of “I Love Lucy”. It’s available on the season 2 DVD with the official title of “Job Switching”.
Do not forget party favors! My favorites are:
- Sweet Beauty Organic Chocolate Spa Treatment by Lisa Françoise
- Chocolate Cookbook
- Hot Cocoa Gift Bag .