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Party time for your child

November 11, 2019
Kiki Angelos , MOV Parent

What is more exciting for a child than the thought or anticipation of an upcoming party, especially a party of their own.

No matter ifit is a birthday party, slumber party or what, kids really enjoy entertaining and being with their friends.

Of course, besides the birthday cake which is the main attraction, the food and snack to go along with the cake and ice cream is also very important.

As parents we are responsible to plan and prepare all aspects of the event, including the birthday cake according to the child's theme, plus other fun and exciting foods.

Today one of most popular birthday parties tend to be holding the event at a kid-friendly restaurant or a special event center, like a skating ring, bowling alley or gymnastics place.

Of course these places can also be more expensive and regulations on the time and length of the party, whereas you can control all these things if you plan your event at your home or even at a park during the summer and good weather.

It is not necessary to hold their birthday party on the exact date of their birth, which sometimes can put a stress and pressure on the parent. It may turn out more convenient to have the party on Saturday or Sunday where there is no school.

The actual best time to have the party for kids works best held early or mid afternoon, for as the day grows, kids ages 4 to 6 tend to get tired toward the end of the day. Now the older kids ages 7 to 10, have the tendency to get hungry as the afternoon rolls on, so you might want to take this into consideration, especially if you are planning a meal along with the cake and ice cream.

Another thing to consider is to the length of your party event. Many feel that for the younger children 90 minutes is ample time for a party, but if the kids are older and you have activities planned, then you might consider holding the event for two or three hours in length.

Always be sure to let the parents of the children invited know the start and finish time, the meal plan and activities that the event may have, so the parents will know what to expect. Be sure to mail or hand deliver the invitations 2 or 3 weeks in advance and request a RSVP rather than regrets only so you will have a better idea as to what and how much to prepare for.

Of course you can have a small special get-together on the exact day with family and a favorite meal that they can choose.

Kids always enjoy a party!

Till next month.

Giant Birthday Cupcake

1 package devil's food cake mix without pudding in the mix, plus ingredients to prepare mix

1/4 cup peanut butter

2 containers vanilla frosting, divided

construction paper or heavy-duty foil

fruit-flavored candy wafers or chocolate shavings

birthday candle

Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour two 8-inch round cake pans. Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Bake about 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted into centers comes out clean; cool completely in pans on wire racks. Remove cakes from pans. Place one cake layer on serving plate. Combine 1/4 cup frosting and peanut butter in medium bowl. Spread frosting mixture over top of cake. Top with second cake layer. Frost top and sides of cake with remaining frosting. Mound frosting slightly higher in center. Cut 36x3 1/2-inch piece of construction paper. Pleat paper every 1/2 inch. Wrap around side of cake. Place candy wafters decoratively on frosting. Decorate with candle.

Carousel Cake

1 10-inch bundt cake

1 10-inch round cake board, covered, or large plate

1 16-ounce container white frosting

orange food coloring

assorted animal-shaped cookies

decorating gel

assorted candies and decors

paper carousel roof

colored or striped drinking straws

Place cake on prepared cake board. Tint frosting orange. Frost top of cake with orange frosting, allowing frosting to drip down the sides of cake. Outline animal-shaped cookies with decorating gel. Arrange cookies on top of cake. Press candies and decors lightly into frosting. Prepare paper carousel roof. Place straws around cake to support roof; carefully set roof on top of straws.

Carousel Roof: To create roof, cut out 7 1/2-inch circle from 8 1/2x11 sheet of construction paper. Cut one slit from outer edge of circle to center; tape cut edges together to form carousel roof. For a two-color carousel, cut a second 7 1/2-inch circle from construction paper in another color and fold in to 8 wedges.

Kiki Angelos is a food columnist for the Parkersburg News and Sentinel.

 
 

 

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