Birthday Party Cooking Games

Birthday Party Cooking GamesKids’ cooking parties are a hot new trend. From fun take-home goodies to edible designs, creativity and teamwork make cooking parties the ultimate party theme. Throw an unforgettable birthday bash for your little guests with these fun activities and recipe ideas.

Birthday Cookies in a Box
Baking miniature cookies is a fun activity for kids.  While the cookies are baking in the oven, have the children decorate their own cookie boxes! Once the cookies are baked, each child will have a decorated box full of their sweet creations to take home!
Suggested Recipes:

Koala Kookies
Honey Cookies
Sesame Cookies
Pecan Cookies

Party Cupcakes
Depending on age, children can measure the ingredients and prepare the dough themselves, or decorate pre-made cupcakes.
Suggested Recipes:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes
Creeping Caterpillar Cupcakes
Black Cat Cupcakes
Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes

Kids' Pizza
Making pizza is one of the most popular cooking activities for kids. Prepare the dough ahead of time. Distribute rolling pins to the guests and have each child roll out their own plate-size pizza crust.
Suggested Recipes: 

Bite-Size Pepperoni Pizza
Quesadilla Pizza
Homemade Pizza
Mighty Mexican Pizza

Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate chip cookies are fun and simple to make. You may wish to print out the recipe on small recipe cards and distribute it among the guests. Measuring ingredients can be an educational experience for children. Present fractions and other basic math skills in a way that is fun and involving!
Suggested Recipes:

Ben and Jerry's Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies
Barbara Bush's Chocolate Chip Cookies 

Fun Cookie Designs
Small children as young as 3 years of age will enjoy party cooking activities. Younger children can make jewelry from Fruit-Loops cereal, use cookie cutters to shape cookie dough, and rolling pins to roll out the dough before cutting. Both cookie cutters and rolling pins make great take home goodies. Along with an apron and a chef’s hat, your goodie bag is good to go!
Suggested Recipes:

Soft Sugar Cookies
Lollipop Sugar Cookies

Advanced Preparation
Creating a successful cooking party takes planning ahead and organization. Visualize the party activities step-by-step and make sure work stations are ready for each project. Set up low tables and chairs for younger groups. Be sure to list all of the ingredients and supplies you will need for each recipe and set everything up in advance of the guests arriving. Items that spoil easily can be prepared and stored in the refrigerator until they are needed. Plan ahead for easy clean-up by covering counters and tables with a material you can simply dispose of after the party. As cooking parties can be very involving, it is recommended to have another parent or older child assist you throughout the party. Happy cooking!

Creative Party Fun
Apron decorating with fabric markers. It is not a cooking party without an apron and a chef hat! Purchase white fabric aprons for your little guests and have the children decorate their aprons with their names and unique designs. Fabric markers are suitable for younger groups, while older cooks can use fabric paint. If you are purchasing fabric paint, be sure it is the quick-drying kind to avoid a mess and having to wait for the paint to settle. Use poster board for the chef’s hats. This is a great opening activity. Serve it up with finger foods and other light snacks.

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