Birthdays may only come once a year, but if you and your child like to take the creative aspect to the next level, it’s easy to underestimate the workload involved. Take these tips for less time, tears, and tidying-up!
This is your child’s day, not the cake’s! If food isn’t the main focus of the party, don’t waste hours on it when you could be partying it up with your kid!
Fruit kebabs are great in theory. But if you give pointy sticks to a large group of six-year-olds, someone’s bound to lose an eye. Frosting-tipped pretzel sticks, on the other hand, make for much wiser snacking.
Picture from: https://torispelling.com/2013/03/foodista-weekend-recipes-the-kids-can-make/
Is this an indoor party or an outdoor party? Plan accordingly. Sloppy joes are easy to make in bulk, but cleaning them out of your carpet in bulk is… less easy.
Rice Krispie treats, for example (or Trix cereal treats, as my aunt recommends), can be made the night before, as long as you seal them up tightly with clear wrap.
Mickey Mouse-shaped quesadillas, sandwiches, or watermelon slices are so easy to prepare, and so fun to present! By the way, ham and cheese sandwiches will keep in baggies much longer than PB&Js will (the sogginess factor), in case anyone wanted to know.
Picture from: https://itsybitsyfoodies.com/mickey-mouse-clubhouse-birthday-party/
No need to spend hours decorating cupcakes! These fruit cones are satisfying and very inexpensive, depending on what you fill them with. And the mess is minimum!
Picture from: https://wheredowefindthetime.com/fruit-cones/
At the end of the day, wouldn’t it be so satisfying to gather the mess up in a large, plastic, disposable table cloth, never to be seen again?
Seriously, just provide some ingredients for mini pizzas, lay out plain bagels, and let the kids go nuts! Easy as pizza pie.
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If cooking just isn’t your thing, call in for pizza! You’ll get maximum satisfaction from your guests (of all ages), not to mention a few extra minutes to sit down and relax. No doubt your creative energy will be greatly appreciated in places besides the kitchen.
Come on, someone in your neighborhood owes you a favor or two. If you know someone whose talents lie in the culinary arts, you can even offer them a deal: They cook for your kid’s party and you’ll supervise games come their kid’s party. That’s what neighbors are for, right?