Melanie McCool (how awesome of a name is that?) who had been doing these parties for about eight months at that time. Her you can see her getting ready for the party that was primarily held in our living room that flows into our dinning room. See how happy she looks and wouldn't you be happy too if you had this sort of job.
Here is the winning brownie made by my hubby, our Chocolate Tea Acolyte. He cut out a little stensil and went for a stained glasses pattern.
One of the later comments I heard from guests as they came to pick up their chocolate was that they felt too much of the catalog were products they could just go to the stores near us to find but looking through the catalog again I think they just focused more on the bars or truffles and not the European only chocolates and other items that were available. As you see above, I ordered a gift basket (as hostess I earned some money off so I could afford it) as well as a European product so I felt there was a better selection than many guests did. I haven't heard anything negative about the chocolate itself from my guests but I hope each of them will leave a comment and give you their impressions of the party.
In the final evaluation I think that LINDT R.S.V.P. program needs some work to be on par with the DOVE Chocolatiers program. Their catalogs need to focus almost exclusively on items you cannot find in many stores and the parties should focus on sampling those products and handmade treats to generate sales. Consultants can only do so much with the materials they have and I believe they could so far more if given better tools. I do want to thank Melanie McCool again and if you order through the LINDT R.S.V.P. program on your own, consider using her site.