One of Sarah’s most successful birthday parties was a cooking party she had a few years ago for her 9th birthday. Cooking is always a popular activity for kids and with the recent successful Master Chef series, there is a renewed national interest in cooking.
Sarah and I have put together some ideas for a Master Chef Party that children of all ages will love. Provide a few simple recipes, colourful aprons, and Chef hats, and they will be cooking up a storm in next to no time!
Tea Towel Apron
This apron is quick to sew up using a tea towel.
Materials(for each apron):
Tea towel (approx size 45 x 70 cm)
1.5 m Twill Tape
Using a ready made apron as a template, cut off the top corners of the tea towel to form an apron shape. Overlock the raw edges and turn under a 1 cm hem and stitch in place. Cut a piece of twill tape that measures 40 cm and stitch each end to the top of the apron to form a loop for the neck. Cut the remaining twill tape in half, and stitch a tie to each side of the apron. Trace a star onto the paper side of a piece of vliesofix. Cut the star out and iron it on the wrong side of a piece of fabric. Peel off the paper backing, and iron the star onto the front of the apron. Stitch around the star using a buttonhole stitch.
Party guests will feel like little chefs with these hats.
Materials (for each hat):
White card 10 cm x 60 cm
White bin liner
Needle and thread
Double sided tape
Star and circle punch
Shape the strip of white card into a cylinder shape to fit your child’s head, and secure with tape. Cut a 60 cm diameter circle out of the bin liner. Sew a large gathering stitch around the circumference of the circle with a needle and thread. Gather the circle slightly so that it fits the circumference of the cylinder, and tape in place to the inside of the hat. Punch out three circles and three stars out of card, and attach them to the hat with double sided tape.
Little chefs will love these sweet cupcakes.
Circle punches – small, large
Cupcakes with white frosting
Print clip art images onto white card and punch out with a small circle punch. Punch out a larger scalloped circle out of coloured card. Tape the small circle to the large circle. Affix a toothpick to the back of the card with tape, and insert into cupcakes when ready to serve.
Team the invitation with a matching recipe card and cookie cutter to fit the theme!
Use your computer to design the invitation. Images of a chef can be found in Clip Art. Type up your child’s favourite cookie recipe and enclose with the invitation.
Party Food ideas
Getting the kids involved in the cooking and food preparation will keep them busy. Make sure that the food is simple for the chefs to prepare. It is a good idea to measure and prepare all the ingredients before the party so everything runs smoothly. Suggested foods include: mini pizza’s, mini quiches, decorating cupcakes, fruit kebabs, chocolate crackles. Look in children’s recipe books for inspiration.
Party games that suit the chef theme include:
* Pin the wooden spoon on the Chef
* Taste Testing – blind fold the children and get them to guess a range of foods (e.g. marshmallows, sultanas, strawberries, cheese etc).
* Guess the number of lollies in the jar
Visit your local discount shop and supermarket for inexpensive prizes such as cookie cutters, mini whisks, jelly moulds, colourful patty pans, kids cook book, coloured sprinkles, tubs of frosting, packs of cake mix etc. Send the kids home with some recipe cards of the food they have made and some baking supplies to let them continue the fun at home.
Posted by Lisa and Sarah