Our simple guide to planning the perfect hen do with plenty of chocolate!

Planning a hen do can be tricky. Finding activities to accommodate all ages, keeping on budget and making sure the bride has a fab time is a delicate balancing act.

Call us biased, but after hosting too many hen do’s to count, we think a Chocolate Collective Celebration Chocolate Truffle Making Workshop is exactly the event you’ve been looking for. And, to make it even easier for the chief bridesmaid in charge we’ve created a simple, step-by-step planning guide to make organising your event stress free.

Step 1 – Speak to the bride

First things first, it’s important to know what your bride is hoping for, and that elements of this have been weaved into the day. Unexpected surprises are great, just make sure you know her do’s and don’ts, so she isn’t disappointed on the day. Our Chocolate Collective Celebration workshops are regularly held in Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds but could be a city of your choice so there will always be plenty of activities you can add on to the day such as shopping, cocktails, culture, dinner or clubbing to make the hen’s day super special.

Step 2 – Create an invite list

With a Chocolate Collective workshop there are no restrictions on who you can invite, we cater for all ages and the workshops have been created with novices in mind. This is the perfect activity for the bride’s great aunt and crazy cousin to enjoy, because, let’s face it, who doesn’t like eating loads of chocolate??

Step 3 – Think dates

Working with your group, come up with a few possible dates, then simply email them through to us and we will get back to you and let you know which are available. If your event is on a Saturday then the workshops take place in the morning, however, if your hen do is mid-week and at a venue of your choice we can be more flexible.

Guide to organising a hen party

Step 4 – Get chatting

Setting up a Facebook or WhatsApp group is a great way to let your hen party know where everything is up to. It’s also a great way to collate any questions, and please feel free to forward any one to us that you don’t know the answer to. Just one thing, don’t invite the bride to be part of the group…it’ll ruin the surprise!

Step 5 – Location, location, location

Our Celebration workshops are run in Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds on a Saturday morning – three cosmopolitan cities with a wealth of culture and entertainment. The workshops are run out of Novotel’s hotels and are ideally based in the city centre, meaning the sights and sounds of these big cities are right on your doorstep. Just let us know which of these great cities you’ve set your sights on.

Alternatively, if you’re planning a mid-week hen do or a Sunday activity, we can run our workshops out of a venue of your choice in the Greater Manchester, West Midlands and Yorkshire regions.

Step 6 – Activities

Once you’ve decided on your location, it’s time to plan your activities. Here’s a link to our location guide to help you navigate your chosen city. We’ve done the hard work for you by listing each city’s cultural hot spots, prime shopping locations, and some fun places to grab a cheeky cocktail.

Step 7 – Payment

A 50% deposit non-refundable payment for a Chocolate Collective workshop is taken at the time of booking. The balance is due 1 month prior to the event. A handy tip for anyone booking for a large party is to let everyone know the price in advance and give them a payment deadline.

Guide to organising a hen party

Step 8 – Confirm booking

Once we’ve received payment we’ll send you a confirmation email. You may also want to look at our ‘What to expect from a Chocolate Collective workshop’ blog to get all the details you need including timings, location, what to wear and a breakdown of workshop activities.

Step 9 – The finer details

Do you want to play some games? Feel free! We love a giggle and will do our best to accommodate any games you have planned, although once the workshop gets started we won’t be able to pause it. Do you want to decorate the venue? Of course! Simply bring your decorations with you and we will get you early access to the room, so you can make it personal to your hen. Accessories for the bride? We’ve seen a lot of outfits over the years…matching t-shirts, sashes, although you can’t beat a chef’s hat or hen themed apron for a Chocolate Collective workshop! We provide plain aprons to protect clothing but feel free to bring any other accessories you like. Hen party bags? Every person taking part in the workshop will leave with a delicious bag of Belgian chocolate truffles, a great addition to any goody bag.

Step 10 – Keep in touch

Make sure you send us a copy of your itinerary and your contact details. It will help us understand your movements, so we can work to your timings, it also means we can contact you on the day to check everything is going to plan.

Step 11 – Have fun

Phew! You’ve organised an excellent hen do. Now is the time to reap the rewards. Sit back, relax, and watch the bride have the hen do she always dreamed of. Well done you!

To find out more about a Chocolate Collective hen party, get in touch via our Contact Us page or call Louise on 07824 394 919 for more information.

A guide to organising a hen party