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Kids Cooking Party

As a parent of two children I have heard many times  "Can I help you cook?"  Kids love designing and eating their own creations. Whether they are boys or girls they will love the idea of being chefs for the day.  So what could be more appealing than a party that offers both.  It is a great idea for a birthday party or just a get-together.   Listed below you will find everything you need to throw a great kid's cooking party.

Invitations

Handmade invitations really set the mood for the party.  Consider one of the following options:

  • You can print blank recipe cards from the internet.

  • Shape your invitation, using card stock paper, like a rolling pin.

  • Draw an apron on card stock.

  • Attach the recipe card invitation to a large wooden spoon and tie with a ribbon or bow.
  • Make a template of a chef's hat and cut out the invitations using strong white craft paper.

Add the party information and mail to friends.  Don't forget to add chef's name, party date, time, place and phone number.  Depending on the age of the children when parents RSVP you may want to check to see if they will be staying for the party and if the child has any food allergies. 

Suggestion for wording on invitation:

Recipe for a Birthday Bash at "Stephanie's Kitchen" on "DATE"

Ingredients :

  • Handful of special friends

  • 1 cup of laughter

  • 2 cups of fun

  • Pinch of imagination

Mix friends  and 2 cups of fun together.  Slowly add 1 cup of laughter and a pinch of imagination.  Blend until laughter bubbles to the top.  Bake at (address).  Serve from 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Please join us for a cooking extravaganza at Stephanie (Last Name's) Cooking Academy.  All creations made will be served to junior chefs.   Attire: clothes that you don't mind getting a bit messy. Call Master Chef (Parent's Name) at (phone number) by DATE to make your reservation.

Food

Keep the menu very easy and kid friendly.  Include a main dish and a dessert but definitely no more than 3 dishes.

Let the kids do all of the preparation.  Prepare a recipe card for each child, with the recipe they are making so they can refer to it while cooking.   Have an adult handle cooking in the oven or on the stove top, with all the party excitement you want to be extra cautious.

Pizza or pasta are you best bet.  You can use individual small aluminum loaf pans for the pasta or pie pans for the pizza.  Put all ingredients, make sure it is precooked when possible, out on the table and have the kids do the assembly work.  Be sure to label the pan with the chef's name using a permanent maker.

Dessert can be as simple as decorating a pre-cooked cookie, mini cake or cupcake and an ice cream sundae.  For ice cream sundaes set out bowls of a variety of sprinkles, and candy.  Include toppings like caramel, chocolate and whipped cream.  It is best to use vanilla ice cream.

Salad or fruit on a stick will also be a big hit. 

  • Salad on a stick - Set out bowls of precut carrot coins, red and green peppers, cucumbers, olives and cherry tomatoes. Give everyone a skewer and let them build their own salad. Serve with an individual dipping bowl of ranch dressing. 

  • Fruit on a stick - Set out bowls of grapes, pineapple chunks, watermelon balls, and strawberries.   Give everyone a skewer and let them build their own fruit salad. 

Helpers

Consider having teenage siblings, neighbors, friends or grandparents give you a helping hand.  The kids will love the personal attention and it will be a big help for you.

Activities for Arrival and Cooking Time
  • Purchase or have the kids make their own chef hat depending on time constraints. This helps make the party atmosphere.  See instructions to the right.
     
  • Buy a canvas apron that they can decorate with fabric paint. You can find plain or colored aprons at oriental trading company for approximately $2 each.

  • Have the kids make personalized placemats.  Place an inexpensive white or cream color placemat out for each child.  Let them draw whatever they like with fabric markers.  To preserve their artwork you may have to iron the place mats to set the colors.  Check the package directions on the fabric markers.

How to Make a Chefs Hat

Materials
White poster board
White tissue paper
Tape
Paper Clips
Time needed: Under one hour

 

1. Start with a band of white poster board 26 inches long and 3 1/2 inches high, and 3 sheets of 20- by 30-inch white tissue paper. Fold each sheet in half the long way.

2. Gather and tape one of the short sides of each sheet along the hat band, overlapping the sheets slightly.

3. Curl the band tape side out, place it around a child's head, and paper clip the ends. Gather the tissue at the top, taping it tightly together.  Cut off the extra tissue, remove the paper clips, and turn right-side out. Reattach the paper clips, puff up the tissue, and start cooking!

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Play Some Cooking Games.

Taste Testers - In advance place a selection of sauces and spices, for example ketchup, sugar, ranch dressing, chocolate syrup, in little cups on a table.  Take the kids one at a time, blindfold them and give them, one cup at a time, the ingredients to taste.   The kids have to guess what it is and then write it on a piece of paper. Give a prize to the person/people who guess the most. IMPORTANT - Make sure no one has food allergies!!!!

Donut Bite - Wrap an old mop handle up in red and white crepe paper with matching ribbon.  Purchase enough donuts for each child.

Loop ribbon through the donut hole.  Tie the other end of the ribbon to the decorated mop handle.  Hold mop so that children have to kneel to reach the donut.  The object is to see who can grab the donut with their teeth -- without hands! For older kids you may want to cover their eyes with a bandana.  Hang a new donut for each player. If you want you can time each player to see how long it takes. Shortest time wins.

Blindfold the cook - Give a chef a large spoon and a bowl of mini marshmallows.  Cover their eyes with a blindfold.  Set a timer for 1 minute. In this time the chef has to use the spoon and scoop the marshmallows into a second bowl. When the bell rings measure how much they moved ( you can use a measuring cup to do this) and the next player takes a turn.  Winner gets  a prize

Decorations

  • Purchase a red gingham table cloth, red and white balloons and streamers.  Use this to decorate your room.
     

  • Hang a few aprons, chef's hats, wooden spoons etc...
     

  • Use a large chalk board to display the menu.  Be sure to put in big letters "Today's Menu" at the top.
     
  • Make a big sign saying "Welcome to "Name" Chef's School" and place above your front door or gate.
     
  • Have a red and white helium balloons tied to each party guest's chair.
     
  • Use multiple tables if possible to give the feel of a restaurant.
     
  • Purchase red plates and cups and white utensils.
     
  • Use mixing bowls as serving utensils.
     
  • Make sure that you have a big enough table or work area for the kids to use. Consider using another room for the preparation of the food or even using an outdoor space.

Goodie Bag

Make this simple because they will also go home with an apron, balloons and chef's hat.  Take a large clear plastic cup and fill it with treats.  Cover with Saran Wrap and tie with a ribbon.

Happy Cooking