Whether you’re a hardcore chocoholic or just inviting some friends over for a chill fun night, finding the right chocolate party ideas matters. Because where do you start? There’s so much to choose from!
Luckily, we’re chocolate fans ourselves and we’re going to keep your chocolate cravings in check. With so much variety at play, it’s easy to blow the wallet on any treat you can get your hands on.
Let’s start setting the mood first before letting you sink into some yummy chocolate party ideas.
Chocolate Party Ideas: The Mood
There’s something playful yet dreamy about chocolate. For something more sensual, think dark and caramel browns, creamy whites, and gold in your backdrops, tablewear, and drapes.
For something more playful, think candy shop and Willy Wonka.
Toss a few chocolate kissses or small chocolate candies on your table tops.
Lower the lights and sling on some jazz, soul or R&B.
You can set the mood early on with your party invites which of course will make mouths water. Images of anything chocolatey will go down well, as well as chocolate bar invites. You can also include a chocolate-related quote such as:
- “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” – Charles M. Schulz
- “The 12-step chocoholics program: Never be more than 12 steps away from chocolate!” – Terry Moore
- “After eating chocolate you feel godlike, as though you can conquer enemies, lead armies, entice lovers.” – Emily Luchetti
Presentation matters when it comes to chocolate party ideas. White plates and bowls work better than colored crockery, so attention is kept on the chocolate. You will want everything look delicious, alluring, and tantalizing.
Chocolate Party Ideas: The Planning
The world of chocolate is a rich and vast one, so it’s worth researching what’s out there. Here are a few types of chocolate to try:
- Dark chocolate – The higher the cocoa content, at 70% or more, the more bitter-tasting it is
- Unsweetened chocolate – Also known as cooking chocolate, this is mainly used in cakes, brownies and cookies. Expect a very deep flavor
- Milk chocolate – Taste will vary with this one, based on how low the amount of cocoa is. In the UK, milk chocolate contains only 20% cocoa
- White chocolate – Not technically chocolate, as it contains no cocoa solids
Luxury chocolate isn’t cheap. If you want to add a few, but things feel tight, you can ask friends to donate to a kitty at the party to cover the costs, they won’t mind.
If you plan to bake, make sure you plan ahead so you can get all the ingredients required.
Dive Into These Chocolate Party Ideas
Make Your Treats
The easiest and best activity to do with your friends is to get everyone making something chocolatey. Some things you can create together include:
- Baking and decorating chocolate cupcakes and cookies
- Baking and decorating a chocolate cake
- Decorating a pre-made chocolate cake
- Decorating plain cookies with chocolate sauce
- Making chocolate lollipops (freeze before eating)
Savory Chocolate Dinner
Chocolate isn’t only for puddings, it can be used in small doses as a part of savory dishes.
If you’ve never eaten cocoa-rubbed baby back ribs before, now’s the time to give it a go! Check out this article for savory chocolate recipe ideas.
Chocolate Tasting Party
Similar to a wine tasting, a chocolate tasting party lets you taste all the chocolate you could ever want and appreciate the flavors as you do.
Different types of chocolate bars are broken up into chunks and presented on numbered plates (Chocolate #1, Chocolate #2). All their labels should be removed.
Tasters are given a “rate the taste” sheet (with columns for flavor, aroma and texture along the top, and Chocolate #1 etc down the side) and pencils, to make notes as they go along. Once the tasting is complete, everyone shares their findings as well trying to guess the different chocolates.
Chocolate On The Side
Not all chocolate party ideas need chocolate as the main course. Have chocolate be the side option for another activity such as a movie night or dinner party can go down well. Here are some examples:
- A chocolate fondue station
- A chocolate ice cream bar (with a choice of toppings)
- A chocolate toppings station (for plain ice cream)
- Hot chocolate or milkshake
- Chocolate candy or cookie pick n’ mix
Another great way to experience chocolate is through a box of chocolates. Everyone can easily share different boxes of chocolate among themselves including bringing some of their own favorites.
Alternatively, you can mix up the contents between different boxes and add chocolate candies from other sources.
Chocolate Cake Challenge
We’ve already touched on baking earlier, and this idea goes one further, where each friend is given a cake recipe to reproduce. Everyone will need their own mixing bowl, spoons, apron and gear. Supply the flour, ingredients and oven people will use and be on hand with any help, or even take part as one of “the contestants.”
Share the cakes at the end and mark out of 10. Get everyone to talk about the experience as well.
Chocolate And Wine
Some say it can’t be done – drinking wine with chocolate – and yet it can be done, if you do the right research. Check out this article to learn more about the perfect wine and chocolate pairings.
Before You Stay Goodnight
You cannot close out any chocolate party ideas by sending your guests home empty handed. Be sure to give them a bag of favors filled with goodies such as assorted chocolates, bars or hot cocoa mix. Let their memories continue of the fantastic night you’ve put together.
Tasting party image: BinaryApe