There is just something a little extra special about hosting an at-home birthday party for little girls…. maybe its the liberal use of pink and flower decorations or the jewelry arts and crafts projects….. maybe it's that it causes a Mom to look back and reminisce on her own childhood birthday parties….. I'm not sure what it is…. but I can tell you that I just love to throw a party for my little girls! Here is one of our favorite parties: a cooking party for 6 year old girls!
The Cooking Party Invitation:
I found this adorable “crooked cake” invitation from Vistaprint, who often offers fantastic deals on personalized stationery.
The Opening Activity- Personalized Aprons!
When the guests arrived, they were given a canvas chef's apron that had been personalized with their name (I did this ahead of time using iron-on letters), and they were asked to select three or four appliques that they wanted to add to their apron- we had hearts, flowers, dragonflies, and ladybug appliques to choose from- and once they selected theirs, they brought them over to me at the “ironing station” where I ironed them onto the apron for them. Then the girls put on their aprons and chatted with each other until all of the girls aprons were ready.
The Cooking Activities:
Next each girl received a ball of pizza dough and had to pat it or roll it to make their own pie…. they added the pizza toppings of their choosing, and then placed a little name-flag (an Avery label attached to a toothpick) on their pizza so that I could match up the pizza to the girl after they were baked.
While the pizzas were baking (and I had so many guests that I had to bake them in two shifts)… we decorated mini cupcakes. I had assembled all of the baker's tools- icing bags so the icing could be piped onto the cupcakes, and sprinkles that could be arranged as flowers on top of the icing. But I learned that for most of the girls, using the icing bags to decorate was too much of a challenge, so we ended up squeezing the icing out into bowls and gave them knives to use to spread the icing. I found these pink cupcake boxes online from a bakery supply store, and also ordered cardboard inserts to hold the mini cupcakes in place so the girls could transport them home, and each box had a sticker with the girl's name on it (to make it look like the box came from a professional bakery)!
A little freeze dancing is always fun!
While the adults were cleaning up the tables… the kids headed outside for some freeze dancing (here is where having three big brothers is a HUGE help at parties!). We then put all of the baked pizzas on plates and matched them up to their baker, and the girls enjoyed lunch on our back deck.
The birthday cake:
Here are our birthday cakes- two giant cupcakes!
The party favors:
The cool thing about this party is that the party favors were built right into the party fun. Each girl went home with her own personalized canvas apron, and a box of 4 mini cupcakes that she decorated and could share with her family (or not!).
If you liked this party idea, you might also enjoy these other at-home birthday parties we've thrown for our kids:
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