If anyone missed it, here is part 1 from our Baking Party. Now, I'll run down the activities we did.
CHEF HAT AND APRON DECORATING:
When the girls arrived, they were given a hat and apron to decorate. These girls were so crafty and really serious about making their aprons look colorful!
Once the girls were dressed up in their hats and aprons--we were ready to bake! I had two stations in the kitchen. At the kitchen table we rolled out and decorated sugar cookies. They could choose M&Ms, small round hard candies or sprinkles to decorate their cookies. A couple of tips: Pre-make the cookie dough. Have paper plates with each child's name on them ready so the kids can put their finished cookies on their plate. This way the cookies will be easy to track before you put them in the oven. Have help! I had two other ladies help me out.
At the kitchen island, the girls decorated cute mini tiered cakes. I made them in advance with this great pan I found here.
Some of the finished masterpieces! Aren't they great?!
BAKE-OFF! OBSTACLE COURSE:
To work up their appetites, I wanted to get the girls moving--so I set up a baking themed obstacle course in the backyard. I have to admit, some were shy at first, but once they saw a few do it--many of them did it again and again!
They started on the course hopping in "flour sacks."
We all ran inside from the heat (It was 92 degrees that day!) and enjoyed some milk, the cake and cookie pie while we sang Happy Birthday. Then each girl took a turn to "shop" the party favor table.
The party was just over 2 1/2 hours. That included a couple of moments where we let the girls just play so we could clean up and bake the cookies. Taking everything into consideration, it all went pretty smoothly!
I'm already thinking about next year's! It's so hard not to!