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Hi Friends! Kids birthday parties can sometimes be a source of stress for us parents, right? I have a confession… I actually love putting on kids birthday parties! I know, I know, not everyone does, and there are some years I don’t have a lot of time and we go bowling or to a bounce house. But every few years I like to create a fun DIY birthday party while still sticking to a budget. A few years ago we had a fabulous spa birthday party (click here to see spa birthday party post!). For my daughter’s 12th birthday, we decided to host a cooking and baking birthday party!
Baking Birthday Party Ideas!
So I googled and brainstormed lots of ideas for a cooking and baking birthday party for tweens and came up with some fun ideas that all the girls loved. I started preparing a month or two in advance because I knew I wanted to make all the girls personalized aprons as one of their party favors. We went to Joann’s and my daughter picked out material she liked and we decided on a pink/yellow/green color scheme.
Here are the aprons: I bought green glitter iron-on vinyl off ebay, cut all the names out with my Cricut and ironed them on the finished aprons. It was so cute to see all the girls wear their matching aprons! Here is the sewing tutorial I followed by Star Dust shoes.
Another part of the party favor was a recipe in a mason jar. My daughter picked out her favorite Cookie Recipe in a mason jar and we made one for each girl and tied the same fabric on top. (Of course, I can’t find my picture of it, but there are a ton of ideas on Pinterest).
During the party, we had several different stations. When the girls first arrived, they put on their aprons and they sang Karaoke for a little bit while everyone else arrived. Then they started at the “Make your own Pizza” station. I just bought 5 bags of pizza dough and cut them in half so all 10 girls had their own to work with. I put them around the table with a few rolling pins and flour and the girls rolled out their own dough. Then on to the topping station where they created their own perfect pizzas
Toppings included cheese, pepperoni, sausage, olives, pineapple, and mushrooms. We made pink lemonade to go along with the theme and I put chalkboard stickers on plastic cups so they could write their names on it. While the pizzas cooked, they made fruit kabobs. I put out trays of grapes, strawberries, apple slices, and cubed melon and then put them on skewers to have as their side dish.
After the pizzas were cooked and eaten, came the Make Your Own Dessert and Ice Cream Sundae Bar. My daughter picked out 3 Cake/Cookie in a Mug recipes and I printed the directions out and posted them at the table. My daughter wrote ingredient names on chalkboard paper that we punched out and glued to small clothes pins and hooked onto the containers. Each girl decided what dessert they wanted to bake and followed the directions. Then there was an ice cream bar with ice cream, whipped cream, sprinkles, and chocolate sauce.
That was it! Whew, a lot of food, but it kept the girls busy and they all had a great time! I’m so happy my daughter is starting to love to cook. She’s always wanting to help and for me to teach her how to make new things. Too bad my brother is the chef of the family but I try my best to teach her!
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!