My daughter loves to cook, so when her birthday was coming up I decided to check out a store at the mall that offers cooking class birthday parties for kids. It was $35 a kid!! After finding that out I decided I was capable of hosting my own cooking party. Afterall, I spent 5 years at Penn State learning how to become an art teacher. How different could it be?
We started by decorating chef hats that I purchased at Oriental Trading. They were $5 for 12 hats. I bought foam sticky letters, stickers and markers for them to use for decorating. I had the table all set up before the kids arrived. Each chair got a chef hat and apron, then I dumped the letters and markers in the center of the table, so there would be minimal fighting over the supplies.
After everyone had decorated their hats, we got our aprons on and started making our pizzas. Before the party I had prepared little cups of pizza sauce and bowls of cheese for each child. It was as simple as passing out a crust, cup and bowl to each child. I also had pepperoni if they chose to add it to their pizzas. When they were done with their pizzas, I collected them and put them on a foil lined cookie sheet. This way I could write their names on the foil near their pizzas.
While their pizzas cooked I gave each child a piece of store bought biscuit dough. I wrote about how to make doughnuts using biscuit dough in a previous blog, in case you missed it. They enjoyed squishing the dough in their hands and it curbed their curiosity when it was time to actually make our doughnuts.
After they had fun playing with the dough for a bit, I gave each child 2 pieces of biscuit dough and a little cookie cutter to cut out the center of the doughnuts. As they finished I picked up their dough. I had to fry the dough since there was no way I was letting the kids near hot oil. I did this as they ate their pizzas. Each batch of doughnuts only takes a couple of minutes to cook, so I had plenty of time.
When they finished with their pizzas, I had them throw away their mess. Then each child got a fried doughnut and a bowl of cinnamon sugar with a spoon. They mixed the cinnamon sugar mixture together, then "bathed" their doughnuts in the mixture. Then it was time to eat them! They really liked them. Once they finished eating their doughnuts, they were given the option to make the second. Most did.
We opened presents next, since I was reluctant to give them cake after everyone had just eaten 2 doughnuts. After their stomachs had settled a bit, THEN we cut the cake.
The party was lots of fun. If not for her jealous brother, running around and rough housing with the other boys at the party, everything would have gone extremely well. The neighbor even said she might steal my idea for her daughter's birthday.