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Tips for a Baking-themed Kids Party

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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.

Natalia wanted colorful but I also wanted the baking party to have a laid-back vibe—and having too many colors might break that easy-going atmosphere I was going for. So I just stuck to 6 colors in different gradients—that's still a lot of colors but not so kaleidoscopic.
Natalia wanted colorful, but I also didn’t want a dizzying amount of colors. So I just stuck to 6 colors in different gradients—that’s still a lot of colors… but not so head-spinning.
We created a chalkboard backdrop—with the help of Nins Evangelista and Totoy Dacillo of Happycrueltree—that mimicked a bakeshop window. We also incorporated the candy stripes from the invite onto the awning design.
The table centerpieces had to look pretty, but each item in the mix actually served a purpose. The kids were going to use each piece for their baking activity. The recipe for Natalia’s Yummy Choco Chip Cookies was placed inside a pretty frame.
The table centerpieces had to look pretty, but each item in the mix actually served a purpose. The recipe for Natalia’s Yummy Choco Chip Cookies was placed inside a pretty frame.
Table cards (with kitchen towel and colorful measuring spoons—part of the party giveaways) greeted the young chefs
Personalized table cards, custom apron hanging on each seat, a kitchen towel, a set of colorful measuring spoons, (which they got to take home after the party) greeted all the young chefs.
We set up a cupcake decorating station. Kids decorated the cupcakes while waiting for their cookies to bake.
We set up a cupcake decorating station. Kids decorated the cupcakes while waiting for their cookies to bake.
Kids wore personalized aprons (with the first letter of their names silk-screened).
Kids wore personalized (with first letter of their names silk-screened) aprons.
Waiting for the cookie magic to happen!
The boys eagerly waiting for the cookie magic to happen!
We went easy on the dessert table since cookies and cupcakes were practically everywhere.
We went easy on the dessert table, and had mainly candies they can stuff into their loot bags, since cookies and cupcakes were practically everywhere.
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The essentials for cupcake decorating: candies, sprinkles; marshmallows; and chocolate, white chocolate, and peanut butter chips
The rainbow cake from The Cake Shack (website?) was also a request by the birthday girl. We added the candy sprinkles on top.
The rainbow cake from The Cake Shack was also a request by the birthday girl. We added the candy sprinkles on top.
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Kiddie Baking Party Tips

• 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!)

Here are other snaps from the party (click on any image to launch slideshow):
Photography by: Jaro Necesito
Let us know what you think of this party in the Comments!

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