Monthly Archive: March 2014
Time for tea anyone? Vanessa has spent months planning and designing her daughter Carissa's 6th birthday celebration styled with the popular theme, Alice In Wonderland. From playing card banners, giant tea cups and a magically styled Wonderland Tea table for everyone to enjoy. Vanessa has kindly shared with us the photos from Carissa's birthday celebration for all to enjoy. Thanks Vanessa
Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?
Tea pots, tea cups equal Wonderland Tea Magic
What would a Wonderland Tea party be without the Pink Croquet Flamingoes?
Alice In Wonderland Tea Party Cake. Complete with mini baked tea cup cupcakes with Wonderland Fondant toppers
The vibrant colours inside the Wonderland Tea Party Marquee tent looked amazing
The beautiful birthday girl pictured here with Encore's Alice Character Performer. If your daughter would love to celebrate her birthday in Unbirthday style, why not let Encore take the stress out of your party planning, visit our Wonderland Tea Parties for more information.
Gracie hosted a Junior Masterchef party for her 11th birthday (a few moons ago), with her friends at home! It really was a hit for older girls and a great slumber party theme so we thought we would share the party love with a full detailed Cooking party plan for you to follow.
All girls received upon arrival their very own designer Hip Hostess Apron
|Hip Hostess designer aprons...lovely|
Candy Kebobs As a warm up activity we designed Candy Kebobs. These are simple to assemble with colourful lollies, strap, snakes, marshmallows onto a bamboo skewer. Party Tip: Spray the stick with Canola Oil to ensure lollies feed thru easily.
|Candy Kebabs were placed in a plastic bag decorated with ribbon bow|
|Candy Kebab design station|
|Hold the skewer horizontally so not to skewer yourself!|
Next we prepared Chocolate Mousse This activity illustrated measuring skills, melting chocolate, whipping cream and folding ingredients. The end result was enjoyed by all the girls at the party table.
An essential party of any party plan is in fact, the planning ahead. We had pre-prepared a batch of cupcakes ready for the cupcake decorating challenge. The cupcake decorating activity Ranked Number 1 for the girls at this party. Girls could choose from an array of various fondant cupcake toppers, coloured dream whip icing, coloured shredded coconut, M&M's, lollies, mini marshmallows, silver cashells etc.. The key was to have a large choice, so the cupcake designs were original and varied.
|Cupcake design competition entries|
|Lady Bird Cupcake|
|Decorating two cupcakes - one for judging, one to take home|
|Take home plastic cupcake containers|
|Matt Moran's cupcake design....a bit busy...|
|Was this the winning entry?|
Cowboy Cookies in a Jar was our next challenge.
|Cookies in a Jar|
Finally it was time to sit at our designer table setting. We chose an Oriental theme with purple, pink, gold and turquoise blue hues.
|Party Table Centrepiece|
|Oriental material covering canvas frames served as simple table features|
Girls enjoyed home made beef hamburgers, whilst playing Celebrity Head and the special Potato Chip Taste test.
|Potato Chip Taste Test|
Games you could play at a Kids Cooking Party could include:
Set the Table Divide guests into two teams and provide each team with a box with everything to set the table -tablecloth, cutlery, napkins, place mat, glasses. It's handy to also include a picture of a perfectly set table. The task is completed one team at a time. It is a timed activity with the shortest time for a correctly set table wins.
Popcorn Relay Divide the guests into two teams and give each team a large bucket of popcorn and a large serving spoon. A few meters away from each team, place an empty large bowl. Each member of the team has to fill their spoon with popcorn, run up to the empty bowl and deposit the popcorn. They then run back to the team and someone else has a go. Set a timer and when the time is up see which team has transferred the most popcorn.
Taste Test Have ten different spreads, sauces, lollies, spice....anything you can find, and place in small bowls. Guests are blindfolded and must guess correctly the items. The winner is the person who correctly guesses the most items.
Potato Chip Test Get 5 different brands of potato chips (they should all be similar in style) and put a large number of each in 5 numbered bowls. Hide the bags. Give each player a pad of paper to record which they like the most and write down any comments about them. After everyone is done, bring out the 5 different bags and have them pick which chips goes to each brand. Let them read their comments.
The Chocolate Game Make a circle. In the middle of the circle place a plate full of Chocolate M&M's and a pair of cooking gloves. Each player takes a turn at throwing a dice. If you roll a six, run into the centre of the circle and place the cooking gloves on. You then must pick up M&M's with the gloves and place in your mouth (harder than it sounds). Meanwhile, your friends are rolling the dice. Once someone else has rolled a six, you take off and hand over the cooking gloves. They are only allowed to eat one M&M at a time and finish it before they have another.
Napkin Folding Great instructions can be found at Napkin Folding Guide
Use your Noodle You need a bag of uncooked penne pasta and a bag of uncooked spaghetti pasta. The penne is spread out on a table and each child has to try and pick up as many pieces of penne as they can, using a single 'stick' of spaghetti with one hand behind their back.
Chef Hat Craft An alternative to buying the Chef hats could be making them. Girls would love this craft activity. I believe it should be aimed at 9yrs+ Instruction can be found at Disney Family Fun
We had so much fun at the Kids MasterChef Party. I hope you have fun at yours!