Do you have a little baker in the family? Why not use her love of baking as the theme for the birthday party? It takes a little planning coordination to let the kids bake at the party, but it’s worth it to see the smiles on the little bakers.
Before you can host the party, you need to send out invitations. Get creative with your invitations. A simple idea is to use decorative recipe cards instead of traditional invitations. Write the party details right on the cards and mail them. If you’re handing out the invitations, make inedible cupcakes or a wedge of cake. To make the cake, cut a piece of sponge or Styrofoam into a wedge shape. Paint it to look like a slice of cake. For the cupcake, glue a large pompom into a cupcake liner. Drizzle paint over the pompom to look like frosting.
You don’t need a ton of decorations since most of the party will take place in the kitchen, but a few decorative touches add to the theme. A natural option as a favor is a decorative apron for each baker. Hang the aprons on a string or clothesline as a decoration for the arrival.
For a unique garland, stock up on lots of different cupcake liners. Choose different sizes, colors and patterns. Punch a small hole in the bottom of each cupcake line. Slide the liners onto a string, alternating the way you put the liners on so the opposite ends go together to help space out the liners.
Another decorative option is to enlarge copies of favorite recipes to hang on the wall. Or get a large piece of poster board and write out the recipes by hand.
The baking is the main activity for this party idea. Choose a recipe that the kids can handle with a little help from adults. A cupcake or cake recipe is a natural option since those desserts are usually at parties anyway. Cupcakes bake faster than cakes, so you can keep the party moving better with that option. Cookies also work well and bake quickly.
Set out all of the necessary ingredients and measuring utensils before the guests arrive. If you have several kids, consider putting them in groups to mix and bake. If you have room, set up all the groups together. If you’re limited on space, work with one group at a time to bake.
You may need some filler activities to keep the little bakers occupied while the food bakes and cools. One option is to let the kids decorate plain aprons. You can get aprons in a variety of colors at most craft stores. Use fabric paints to decorate them.
Another idea is to use cupcake liners to create crafts. Let the kids use the liners and other materials to make collages.
If you have extra recipe cards on hand, let the kids make up their own recipes. It’s often fun to see what the kids might think goes into a recipe. Have the kids draw pictures of their recipes, too.
Depending on what you bake, decorating is probably going to be part of the baking process. Once the cakes, cupcakes or cookies cool, let the kids sit down to decorate them. Put out bowls of frosting and assorted toppings, like sprinkles and candies. Muffin tins work well for separating out the toppings. Make sure all of the kids can reach the toppings easily.
Wrap It Up
By this point in the party, you’ll likely be exhausted, but you’ll have a room full of very satisfied bakers. Don’t forget to pick up some boxes or cellophane bags for the baked goods. This way the kids can bring home what they don’t eat.