Kids love getting messy and they love to create things. Combine these two ideas into one big baking birthday bash. Those helpful boys and girls who are always trying to assist in the kitchen will love being able to get their hands onto the ingredients and help bake some goodies. Baking birthday parties also teach kids valuable lessons on measuring and following directions. Exercise caution and have plenty of adult supervision so children don't get burned or injured during the party.
White paper cut into the shape of a chef's hat is a fun and easy way to invite guests. Use white card stock and print the birthday party information on a contrasting piece of card stock and glue the two pieces together. An invitation that looks like a recipe card is also a fun way to incorporate the baking theme into the invitation. An alternative is to buy wooden spoons and tie the birthday information to it and help the birthday boy hand deliver the information.
Cut chef hats out of white poster board to hang on the party venue walls. Use red checkered tablecloths on tables and large mixing bowls with a silk floral arrangement as centerpieces. Have wooden spoons and other kitchen utensils in pretty containers, accessorized with a pretty ribbon, on display near the guest book. Set out cookbooks for guests to look through while they wait for other guests to arrive. The cookbooks are also a decorative element for the party. Use small cake pans in lieu of plates on the table.
Having guests participate in the baking of the birthday cake is a fun way to incorporate the baking theme. Each guest could make a small cake or have all the guests participate in the baking and decorating of the cake for the birthday girl. If you want to have a cake already made before the party begins, consider cutting the cake into the shape of a chef's hat. A drawing of the birthday girl with a mixing bowl would also be an appropriate cake theme.
Create baking-inspired favors for guests to take with them after the party. Use small recipe boxes, which you can purchase at a dollar store, filled with recipe cards as a thoughtful favor. Include some candy and stickers in the box for an added surprise. Also consider using small mixing bowls as favor containers and fill the bowls with cake mixes and small containers of candy sprinkles. An apron also makes a nice favor. Have each guest's name embroidered on the apron for a truly personalized gift. Cookie cutters tied with a bow can also make for a sweet favor.
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