Would be perfect to have at a child's birthday party, as it's very small, it looks toy like. It would look absolutely ridiculous sitting on a table for a reception or nice party, though, it's tiny and would look like a joke! I bought it as a gift for my 8 year old grandaughter since she loves the chocolate fountain at a popular restaurant. It takes 8 oz of chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate), and the directions say to add 2 tablespoon of vegetable oil, but actually it takes 3 tablespoons to make it thin enough to flow in the fountain. You plug fountain in and turn on to warm it up, while you melt the chocolate chips & oil in microwave. You pour the melted chocolate in base of fountain and it flows beautifully. Careful that you only use 8 oz of chips, as it will overflow. Cleaning is easy, just take apart and soak in hot soapy water, fits well back in box to store.