My little boy turned 4 the other day! He loves to help around the house, especially the kitchen so we decided to throw a Cooking Birthday Party for him. I looked for ideas on Pinterest and other sites, while trying to figure out in my head how I was going to keep the interest of 8 kids ranging from 18 months old to nearly 6 years of age for several hours.
The first thing I had to do to prepare was to make some signs and party favors. We decided to turn the formal dining room into a "restaurant" and named it "Kevin's Pizzeria" after my son, of course. And if we were to have a "restaurant" we better have a sign outside of the house welcoming everyone to the party. This is where my Cricut came into play.
Ignore the lack of "landscaping" as that's the next outdoor project for my husband! As you can tell inside the "restaurant" we added balloons and other Birthday decor. The menu board in the right corner is a 2 x 4 foot chalkboard my husband made. Here is a closer look:
To keep with the cooking theme, I bought a 4 x 6 picture album and converted it into a "Junior Chef" cookbook with my son's favorite recipes. I have it on display in the "restaurant".
And for a closer look we have the cover and then 2 of the recipes inside the cookbook:
Another decoration and game I made out of vinyl was just a fun little thing for the kids to find and count while working on their pizzas and cupcakes. Above the window I put the saying "Can you find the 10 pieces of pepperoni" and placed red circles and ovals out of vinyl randomly on the dining room walls.
And to ensure the party guests had something to carry all of their party favors home in, I needed to have a "To-Go" bag. I found some big dark red gift bags on clearance as they were labeled as "Christmas gift bags" and used my Cricut to decorate them.
I filled the "To-Go" bags with my son's cookbook, a pizza cutter, several cookie cutters, erasers in the shape of food, kitchen magnets of a pizza, hamburger and hotdog as well as a 5x7 plastic frame of the party guests that I took during the party.
Before the party could start we needed the Junior Chef. The Junior Chef already had a personalized apron and hat. But not a chef jacket so we bought him one as a special surprise for the party!
And here is our host with his full uniform on!
During the party, the kids brought their own aprons and the first task was to decorate paper chef hats.
And here is a group picture of all of the Junior Chefs with their newly decorated Chef Hats!
Then after some play time, the kids went back to the restaurant to make their own pizzas and decorate their own cupcakes.
While the pizzas were in the oven it was a perfect opportunity to open presents. My son very much enjoyed opening his presents!
And now it's time to eat the pizza and cupcakes the Junior Chefs worked so very hard to make!
And because the parents were at the party and helped out with all of the activities I could not leave them behind! In the kitchen, I had a special table set up for just the parents so they could decorate their very own cupcakes. Nearly all of the parents made one if not several cupcakes and worked very hard on them while enjoying a few good laughs along the way!
The party was a lot of work but was so much fun! And I think everyone had a good time, especially watching the kids decorate and eat their food!
Happy 4th Birthday Little Kevin!