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Cookie decorating birthday party

My baby girl just turned six years old and lost her two front teeth! She also asked if she could have her sixth birthday party “somewhere” this year. You know — not at home. As much as I love planning and hosting parties here at the house, fair is fair. Her big brother had his first party “somewhere” at age six, so this year, she had her party at Flip Dunk, a trampoline park where you can get strapped in to these jumbo rubber bands, bounce WAY up high, and flip and flip and flip — which she does with sheer delight.

My daughter also asked if she could decorate cookies at her birthday party, so this gave me a nice outlet for my creative party planning tendencies. Inspired by Pinterest, I decided to put together individual cookie decorating kits for each guest (nine kids total). The idea was to have the kids decorate both their box and the cookies inside. This worked amazingly well, as you’ll see in a minute.

Here’s a closer peek inside one of the boxes…

and with the lid closed…

All lined up in rows…

I turned Starbucks Frappuccino bottles into cute little milk bottles.

Putting these little kids together was perfect for my kids who LOVE having party prep jobs. They got to assemble the boxes, put wax paper sheets inside, dispense sprinkles into little containers and put the lids on, and put two cookies in each box after we all ran out to the bakery the morning of the party.

We had one extra box, so my daughter got to do a little pre-party box decorating the day before. I could see already how much fun this activity was going to be!

And then it was party time. The kids flipped…

dunked…

and jumped all over the place…

After an hour, there was an announcement that all “blue bands” must exit the trampolines, so the kids headed to the party table for pizza. There was just one small problem. No pizza (I think someone forgot to order it). Nine hungry kids sitting at a table with nothing to do might have been an issue, but fortunately we had boxes to decorate! I whipped out the boxes, markers and stickers and the kids got to work. There was some serious focus going on as they personalized their boxes. I don’t think one kid even opened their lid for a nibble of cookie. It was all about the boxes.

Even when the pizza arrived, a lot of them were so busy decorating their boxes, they hardly ate a bite. After a while, we urged them to open up the lids and decorate their cookies. I set out bowls of buttercream frosting and icing pens for butterfly decorating.

I was telling some friends I should start a little business selling these cookie kits because they were so much fun to put together and the kids really seemed to like them. Right as we were talking about it, a woman walked by, asked where we got them and said she thought it was such a great idea. We conducted a little on the spot market research. I think there just might be an opportunity there. Hmm… we’ll see.

After all my work transforming the Frappuccino bottles (a fair amount of soaking and scrubbing was involved), I almost forgot to serve the milk! Fortunately I remembered while the kids were still munching on cookies.

After that, there was wild running, chasing and a hot game of hide and seek before we headed home for a swim. All in all a very fun sixth birthday for my high-flipping, creative, sweet little girl.

Posted Monday, August 27, 2012 in Activity, Food & Drink, Kids