Invitations geared to cook up a tasteful event include those featuring such designs as pots and pans, a bowl and spoon, oven mitts, rolling pins, cupcakes, open cookbook, or recipe cards.
Since this party will be taking place in a kitchen or cooking area, you already have a variety of cooking-related decorative props on hand. Instead, concentrate on making the space more festive by hanging balloons and garlands from pot racks, tying balloons to the refrigerator door handle, and hanging a Happy Birthday sign on the front of your cabinets. Please keep all paper decorations away from the stove and oven, and avoid using confetti or sparkles near food-preparation surfaces.
You’ll be cooking up fun as your guests learn how to prepare several simple, delicious dishes. To keep these simple, safe, and moving quickly, plan on making one salad and one main course. Depending on the age and skills of partygoers, your salad can be a basic lettuce-tomato-cucumbers-and-croutons affair, or something more elaborate, such as a Waldorf salad with apples, raisins, and walnuts. For the main course, consider something that guests can make individual portions of, such as pizza bagels, mini sandwiches, or tacos. Remember: guests can help in the preparation of these dishes, but only adults are allowed to use the stove or oven.
Encourage partygoers to make their own snacks by putting out bowls of foods that can be mixed-and-matched to create a unique treat! Items that work well separately and in combination include raisins, peanuts, miniature marshmallows, small pretzels, Chex cereals, sunflower seeds, and dried fruits. Just give guests empty cups to fill, and let them prepare their own recipe!
Instead of serving one large cake, let guests custom-decorate plain cupcakes with a variety of frostings, sprinkles, and cookie crumbs. Place a candle in each to allow everyone the opportunity to blow out the candles after singing Happy Birthday.
Let partygoers’ parents get a taste of what their child made at your cooking party by sending home a goody bag filled with a sampling of their tasty treats, along with recipe cards.
Match your thank-you notes to your invitation, or choose a complementary design. To remind guests of their fun day, enclose a recipe card with details on what was made. Let your child sign his or her own name to each note, and do mention what the gift was that you’re thanking the person for -- and how much your child enjoyed it!