Try a “Cooking Theme Party”
A cooking theme party is a handy theme for a few reasons:
1) The cooking process becomes your activity for the kids!
2) While the food is cooking, cooling, etc, have the kids decorate a container for the snacks. Paper bags, food safe containers or jars are nice. Add ribbon, stickers, markers, etc.
3) The treat becomes a nice nibble for the party guests.
4) Fill up your decorated containers, and your cooking product becomes the take home favour for the kids! Don’t forget to kind a recipe, too!
5) Adjust these recipes to suit allergies, themes and tastes!
Here are some great recipes from my mother-in-law:
Kids Popcorn Balls
1/2 cup Corn syrup
1/2 cup Molasses
1 1/2 cubes butter (3/4 cup)
8 cups Popped popcorn
1. Cook 1/2 cup molasses with corn syrup until thermometer reaches hard crack stage, about 270 degrees F.
2. Stir in butter and salt. Have the popcorn in a bowl. Slowly stir in the mixture with a wooden spoon. Coat all the popcorn.
3. IMPORTANT! Butter your hands lightly and shape the popcorn into balls.
4. Set them on wax paper and let them harden. Wrap the ones you don’t eat with wax paper.
Kids Trail Mix
4 cups Chex cereal
1/2 cup Raisins
1/2 cup Dried fruit bits
1/2 cup Reeces Pieces
1/2 cup Yogurt covered peanuts
1. Put into a large ziploc bag and shake to mix.
Kid’s Krunchy Korn
8 cups Puffed popcorn curls; from 8 oz. pkg.
1/2 cups Butter
1 cups Brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
1/4 c Light corn syrup
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1. Heat oven to 250 degrees F. Place popcorn curls in 15x10x1″ baking pan.
2. In large saucepan, combine brown sugar, margarine and corn syrup; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Simmer 2 mins.; remove from heat.
3. Stir in baking soda and vanilla. Pour mixture evenly over popcorn curls; mix well.
4. Bake at 250 degrees F. for 30 mins., stirring twice during baking.
5. Immediately remove from pan; cool completely on waxed paper or greased foil.
Check out our Party Ideas board on Pinterest for other great ideas!
Cindy Despins is the founder of dressupandplayparties.com. As a stay at home mother of 2, she loves to provide her children with opportunities to play, be creative and learn. She loves to share these ideas with other children and help parents out with her birthday party packages.
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