A cooking birthday party for children provides solutions to
all the challenges of planning a child’s party. Cooking activities
keep children busy and occupied. It also allows the opportunity to
introduce healthy eating and opens the door to all kinds of cooking
activities. More importantly, a cooking party is just plain fun.
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
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Choose a Party Menu
Which comes first, the menu or the theme for the party? A cooking
birthday party can be a theme party, but the preferences of the
birthday celebrant provide the direction. With the selection of
theme, menus fall into place and with the selection of food, a theme
is developed. If pizza
is selected as the food to prepare, you could set the theme of the
party as an Italian bistro. However, if a luau
theme is chosen first, the preparation of Hawaiian pizza
complete with pineapple can be part of the menu.
Making and decorating cupcakes
are a versatile birthday party sweet. Guests can be as involved as
mixing the ingredients and pouring the batter into the baking pan or
simply decorating the cakes with various frosting, candies and
Before shopping for the party supplies, make a list of items for the
birthday party. A couple of items specific to a cooking birthday
party are needed.
Chef hats and aprons
are standard fare for the party. They provide good hygiene and
can double as party favors for the guests to take home.
paper is a great idea. Each guest writes his or her name
on the square of parchment paper that can be used to cradle the
food as it is prepped and cooked. After the food is warmed or
cooked in the microwave or conventional oven, the name of the
creator is on the parchment paper.
Be sure to take the shopping list when purchasing the items. Buy two
to three extra over the number of guests since items break, food
falls, etc. If there needs to be a replacement, fears and tears are
alleviated when a quick and easy replacement is available.
Cooking Birthday Party Invitations
Custom made invitations for the party can be a fun project. The
invitation can model a menu or a recipe. Preparing for the party
most of all should be fun and if making invitations is more
stressful than it is an enjoyable activity, simply download one of
invitations and fill out the information.
With the selection of guests, be mindful of food allergies. Besides
sending out the invitations, asking parents and caregivers of the
guests about this information is always a good idea.
Cooking Birthday Party Preparation
All food preparation involving sharp objects and activities such as
cutting, chopping and slicing should be done prior to the arrival of
the guests regardless of their age. Depending on age and time to
prepare the food determines how much preparation you need to do
ahead of time.
All ingredients and condiments should be easily accessible to all
the guest chefs.
Cooking Party Activities and Games
Decorating chef hats and aprons
can be an enjoyable cooking birthday party activity. You can
provide markers and crayons to allow guests to create and
While the food is baking, or after the meal, the kids can play
some fun interactive games. Pin the tail on the donkey is a
universal game that can be adapted for any party. “Place the
chef hat on the cook” is an easy substitution. “Duck, duck,
goose” can be adapted to “pizza, pizza, taco.”
A memory game which shows multiple kitchen tools on a tray,
removing the tray, then having guests try to remember all the
objects is challenging and fun. These games can be used to
entertain while allowing the food to cook and cool or after