I get totally jazzed being around creative people — people who really think outside the box, especially when it comes to design, fashion, and cooking, all while attempting to do it on a budget.
When I met Sarah from Daisy at Home I was immediately taken with her passion and aesthetic, especially when it came to party planning (not exactly my forte). She thinks of every creative detail. Sarah has also been recipe testing with me for the last two years and she is a woman of many talents.
Last Wednesday I introduced you to Staci and her biweekly DIY Adventures in Penny Pinching column. This week Sarah launches her regular DIY column, Adventures in Party Planning. Sarah has a real knack for devising the most adorable kid-themed parties that when you see them will have you wishing you had thought about them first.
This week Sarah introduces us to a kids cooking class party. With Kenya and Chloe’s birthdays fast approaching, I’m thinking about giving this fun idea a whirl. And now, here’s Sarah!
If there is anything that I’ve learned from Weelicious, it’s that getting kids involved in the kitchen is a wonderful step towards instilling in them a love of good food. So when Catherine gave me the chance to share a children’s party here on Weelicious, I knew a Young Chefs Party would be perfect! This party was tons of fun to plan and organize. I love cooking, and in the past few years I have come to love party planning. Especially when the party is for a young child.
To plan your own Young Chefs Party, first choose your theme. For Taylor’s party, we chose pizza. Really, who doesn’t love pizza?! To make things move a bit more quickly, roll out the dough into individual portions ahead of time so that each child can pull up a chair and get straight to work on their masterpiece! Keep the dough circles covered with parchment paper or plastic wrap to prevent drying out until it’s time to cook. We also set up a salad-making station so that everyone could create their own custom salad. As an optional cooking lesson, we made homemade Ranch and Italian dressing for those kids that wanted more hands-on fun.
While the pizza is cooking, the kids can embark on other artistic endeavors. For Taylor’s party, we found child size white aprons at a craft store. All the kids got to decorate their own apron, and bonus! this doubles as the party favors. You can find fabric markers at any craft store, but I have found that colored Sharpie markers work great. Just make sure to keep an eye on the little ones, or give them painting smocks, to prevent stains on clothing. I love setting up an art project at parties for kids because they get into concentration mode and get those adorable looks on their faces!
The invitations and the party decorations were common kitchen items. As you can see above, we made apron invitations to set the tone of the party before guests even arrived. Instead of streamers, we made garland using yarn and hand-drawn kitchen items like aprons, chef hats, whisks, rolling pins and oven mitts. Each station at the party was labeled with a larger version of these items. All our parent helpers wore aprons and we set out real kitchen tools for the kids to see and touch, like a rolling pin, measuring cups and spoons, mixing bowls, mixing spoons, spatulas and cookie sheets.
If you’re not serving cake or cupcakes for dessert and want to keep in the pizza and cooking theme of this party, I love these Sugar Cookie Pizzas from Weelicious!
Invitations and other printables created by Elyse Anne Maria!