When birthdays come around at our house, I always ask what theme the girls are interested in having. In the case of Curly’s 4th birthday, she was set on a baking birthday. I wanted to try to stay away from a “birthday in a box” theme, so the hunt began!
After much Pinterest searching and website browsing, I finally settled on a theme based on this set I found on Amazon.
The next challenge was how to keep a group of 3-4 year olds busy for party time (games for the 3rd birthday party resulted in tears and meltdowns, so I was hoping to not have a repeat of that debacle). After much thought, the party activity list was… make chef aprons, construct individual pizzas for lunch, have storytime while the pizzas were in the oven, eat, and decorate cupcakes.
For decorations, I designed a banner with scrapbooking paper and printed the letters out using a Microsoft Publisher template. The tissue flowers were really easy to make once I figured out that “quality” tissue paper had to be used (not the huge discount packs from Costco)! Of course, I added matching balloons too! The food was pretty simple, since pizza and cupcakes were the focus. I added cream puffs, cake pops, strawberry shortcake mini cupcakes, water, and pink lemonade (all matching the theme).
As Curly’s friends arrived, they collected the chef hat with their name from the dining room table.
They proceeded to the sun porch, which was designated as the “party room”. Each seat in the room had an apron over the back for each party attendee. I had sets of cloth markers on the tables for everyone to sit down and start designing the perfect apron while the rest of the guests arrived!
Once all the aprons were complete, we started making mini pizzas for lunch. The dough was made from Pillsbury Grands Biscuits rolled out into a pizza crust onto individual aluminum foil squares with each child’s name. I divided pizza sauce and shredded cheese into little containers for ease of use. After some last minute thought about the best way to spread the sauce, we decided to spread the sauce before giving the pizza to the kids and then letting them put on cheese and pepperoni to their liking!
We took a break for storytime while the pizzas cooked, cooled, and were finally ready to eat! After they finished the pizza, the highlight of the party began… cupcake decorating! I pre-made vanilla cupcakes and put different colored frosting in disposable frosting bags with decorating tips already in place.
The decorating was a blast with lots of frosting and sprinkles! Each of the guests finished every last bite. Obviously, I’m partial, but I think the birthday girl’s cupcake was the best… 🙂
We ended the party with a group of mini chefs invading the swingset to have some fun until their parents arrived to pick them up.
We took a few last pictures after everyone left… including one of the birthday shirts my friend made for the occasion!
It was a fun day and Curly was so happy with her baking birthday party! Mission accomplished… 🙂