We recently attended a Burns Night party, in Hampshire.  It was a fabulous evening.  I learnt a lot about Robert Burns, of whom it seems I was mostly ignorant.  We recited and sang his poems, drank toasts, ate haggis and won a quiz on Scotland.

It’s been a long time since a party has left such a mark on me, and it got me thinking.  We’ve left our beloved Brum – and what do we get to show for it.  A script that seeks to defend our fabulous home city against the usual digs and jibes; a list of all the great things that really have come out of the city and an accent that sets us aside from the received pronunciation that is Hampshire.

Well I think we’re missing a trick.  In the month when the nation worries about losing Cadbury‘s to American firm Kraft, I got to thinking surely there is more we can do.

So how about we create some kind of celebration of Cadbury’s heritage and all things chocolate.  It certainly didn’t take us long to come up with a few ideas for a great night:

  • Chocolate – fountains, fondue, bars, boxes of, cakes, puddings you name it.
  • Drinks – hot chocolate, chocolate infused in vodka,
  • Cadbury quiz
  • Chocolate songs – surely there are some!
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on the DVD – or better Chocolat!
  • Purple themed everything

So, I reckon that’s a pretty good recipe – provided of course, you can get the right people there.  What else?

Well to make it really work, we need a mass commitment to it.  So how about a few of us agree to hosting a party in our own home /venue of our choice.  How about we share a quiz, invites, website to capture the event?

Anyone up for it?

I thought we could do it just before Kraft take over – does anybody know when that is?

If you’re interested, leave a comment, if there are more than a couple of us, let’s give it a try.  If it doesn’t catch on, so what, we’ll have had a great time finding out!