There is just something 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 kids birthday parties: a cooking party for kids!
I love these rolling pin fill-in-the-blank style party invitations that you can pop in the mail!
These thank you notes are so cute and are perfect for our party!
Opening Activity for Our Cooking Party for Kids- Creating Personalized Aprons!
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 aprons were ready.
Cooking Party Activities:
Each guest 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 guest 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.
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.
We placed the decorated cupcakes into cupcake boxes with cardboard inserts inside that hold the mini cupcakes in place so the girls could transport them home, and each box had a sticker 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 Cooking Party Birthday Cake:
Here are our birthday cakes- two giant cupcakes made from a cupcake-shaped cake pan !
Cooking Party Favors:
The cool thing about this party is that the party favors were built right into the party! 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!).
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Do you think your daughter would love a cooking party for kids like this one?