UPDATE: The Sittard shop has closed. The current closest shop is in Liege, about 45 minutes from the GK area. A current list of shops in several countries is available on the website. As I mentioned in the notes below, these soap parties are often less expensive and just as fun by ordering the supplies online and doing it yourself.
“My 11 year old daughter loves the store The Soap Story in Sittard, and while shopping there discovered that they offer Birthday Parties for children. Of course she just had to have one for her upcoming Birthday! I actually called the store to make the reservation and the woman that helped me was extremely helpful and friendly and understood English very well. Unfortunately, I cannot remember her name! Anyway, I called 4 weeks in advance and reserved a with no problem. The party lasts 2 hours and is at the actual store in Sittard. The very nice lady who took my reservation escorted our group of girls upstairs to a front room overlooking the street. The store supplies drinks (which was some sort of Dutch brand carbonated lemonade) and cake. Now the cake was simple slices of pound cake delivered on plates….no candles…no singing and certainly no frosting but the girls didn’t seem to mind. The birthday girl did get to wear a birthday cake hat, though. Our hostess then asked me to have my daughter open her presents. I thought this was a little strange, but it was a good idea to get it out of the way before the soap making began. That’s right, the party guests get to make their own soap as a take home gift. The girls (and my 7 year old son) got to pick out the colors (blue, brown, yellow, red, green) and the scents (passion fruit, peach, chocolate, orange, strawberry) that they want for their soaps. They put these liquids in a measuring cup and then waited while the hostess microwaved the clear soap to make the liquid. Then the hostess poured a certain amount into each guests measuring cup where they stirred up the color and scent into the soap liquid. Then the hostess provided a large array of molds for the soaps. The girls could pick from shapes like frogs, flowers, seashells, dolphins, horses, bottles, etc.. Oh! And they can also add glitter! The girls had to remember which soaps were theirs too, in the frenzy of choice over the molds! Each girl got about 6 to 8 little soaps out of the measuring cup. Then they got to do it again with different molds! When all the soap were done and cooled off, they got to wrap them in clear cellophane and tie them with paper ribbons. Our hostess showed them several ways to do this. I learned that I will never have the wonderful skill these Europeans have about wrapping gifts! Anyway, our guests were able to take home a full bag of soap goodies! My daughter mailed some off to her Great-Grandma and Nana to show them what she had done. My son had a great time too even though he refused to put glitter in his soap! We had 10 guests including the Birthday girl and I think any more we would not have had room at the table to work. As to the cost…the price is 12.50 Euros per guest when you have the party at the store. They offer a take-home kit for soap making that is 10 Euros per guest but the instructions are in Dutch! Overall, it was a great experience and one my daughter will always remember!”
My notes: If you’d rather do this same thing at home, you can easily obtain the soap base online – they come in a variety of types. I usually get a glycerin soap and a white opaque olive oil/avocado soap. Then you can make different shapes and colors with the opaque soap and embed them in the glycerin soap. You’ll need a soap scent or two (go sparingly… a drop or two is enough) and a few soap dyes. Soap scents and dyes are NOT the same as candle scents and dyes, so do be sure you’re ordering things for soap. Use soap molds, or silicone ice cube trays. IKEA has a good selection of these that are cheap. Melt the soap in the microwave on medium power in a glass bowl. Add your colors and scents. Stir gently. Pour into molds. Let them sit until hardened. Pop them out and wrap in saran or clear baggies. To get fancy, shave a piece of an opaque soap into a mold, or put different colored bits of an opaque soap in half way, then fill the rest with the clear glycerin soap. Experiment. Soap is quick, easy, and relatively “clean.”