For her 6th birthday party, my daughter Natalia wanted a baking party, which worked for me because I’ve always gravitated more toward interactive kiddie parties.
But here’s a dirty little secret: We planned and prepared for this party in under two weeks. (I have the usual working mom excuses.) Week 1—to be precise: one day of Week 1—was spent planning the theme and decorations. Week 2 was all about sourcing, buying, and putting everything together. I don’t know how I survived executing this party for 50 guests (kids and adults accounted for) in 8 days, but it was a good thing I had a secret weapon: my friend-slash-partner-in-everything Jocelle.
It probably helped that the birthday girl was a little hands-on, too. And she had another request: colors—and lots of them. I created a mood board filled with candy colors. From this inspiration board, it was easy to move forward with the decoration and designs of the party invite, centerpieces, props, backdrop, etc.
• We made sure to use an easy-to-follow recipe (we got ours from the Baking Illustrated cook book), but we still had to edit the original cookie recipe to make it easier for the kids to understand.
• Some ingredients were pre-measured, ideally those that had to be exact, like salt and baking soda. But you also want the kids to experience measuring ingredients.
• The seat plan was really planned. We made certain there was at least one big kid in each table to act as “leader.” (Pro-active moms also come in handy!)
• Make sure there’s a nearby wash area for cleaning up and washing hands. We also placed wet wipes on each table.
• Have an adult monitor the actual baking process to avoid accidents. (Good thing Natalia had his foodie Ninong Angelo Comsti around!)