When my oldest gal said she wanted a cooking party for her 6th birthday I was thrilled! (We are definitely from the same mold. Gotta love her!) So this past Friday evening I hosted 11 little cuties and tried my best to show them a fun foodie time.
We started the party with the girls making some cute salad boutiques with wooden skewers and a variety of veggies and fruit. Note to self, 5 and 6 year olds might not have the best coordination/strength to do this food craft. We had one sweet gal poke her hand with one of these darn weapons , I mean skewers. It was still cute and they enjoyed drizzling some homemade dressing on top of the veggies and popping off the grapes.
Then on to the rolling of the dough and dressing up their pizzas. The only part I made ahead of time was the dough. I left the rolling and decorating to the girls. I spent time on Friday morning mixing up enough of the McPizza Dough recipe for 13 mini-pizzas. The veggie lover in me had to make this a veggie night! So they had spinach, mushrooms and peppers to use for decorations. Funny thing though, I had a few girls want to know where the pepperoni was- so I sweetly said- “thought we’d do without tonight and go for the veggies instead”. NO ONE complained! See, you only give them healthy choices and they do great. I really think the highlight of the night was rolling out the dough! Like I said earlier, I made enough for each gal to make their own pizza so they had their ball of dough in a baggie ready to roll out. We placed some plastic wrap, easy clean-up, and flour on the table and they began to roll away! But it wasn’t the dough that caused the best look, it was knowing that they were using their own new rolling pen! My father, the wonderful man and woodcrafter he is, made each gal their own rolling pen! He turned them out in his workshop and my mom painted the handles a nice sweet red. The girls couldn’t believe they got to use them that night.
The girls also got to decorate their aprons. I had already stenciled on their names but they got to use different fabric paints, stencils and sponges and let their creativity run wild. This was probably one of the few quiet moments of the evening other than when they were eating.
I think the party went really well. The girls were so polite in thanking me and the birthday gal for having such a fun party. I even got comments that I should turn this into a business…hmm…not a bad idea. Not for the money, but for the pure joy of the kids really experiencing food. Not just eating it but learning how the whole process works and the fun of healthy eating. As the girls were sticking their fruit and veggies on the sticks I took the time to quiz them on the veggie they had in front of them. I am very proud to say that most girls knew each food! Now…I did not say that they liked them all but they did know the names, I did get a some “yucks” and “I’m not going to put that on MY pizza”. But hey, it is a step in the right direction.
No need to worry, I am not crazy enough to have this many kiddos in my own kitchen. Instead our church has this great room ready for large, messy gatherings (it has a sink in the room) and they have the perfect kitchen with multiple stoves to bake our goodies all at once! I also had asked for some helpers to stay and party with us.
What fun! Consider this for your child! I promise they will remember each moment and love it all.