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If you are looking for some birthday cake inspiration, look no further. Check this M&M and Kit Kat cake out. This is so easy to construct and visually amazing. For the older age birthday party particularly, this is perfect.
Full recipe and instructions can be found at one of my favourite baking blogs Paige's Pantry
Aug 30, 2010
Aug 19, 2010
Network Ten has announced that Junior MasterChef Australia will be hitting our screens in September, so get set for your kids to become obsessed with all things cooking. A Kids MasterChef Party is easy to hold at home in your own kitchen.
A party of eight children, working in pairs, with an age group older than eight years, is the start of a perfect party recipe. I road tested a Kids MasterChef Party for my niece Grace, turning 10yrs, with a total of six girls and it was a smash hit. So I thought I would share the secret to my party success with you.
Upon arrival greet your guests with their very own MasterChef Apron and Chef Hat. Have coloured fabric pens on hand for decorating and autographs. Grace had a fantastic idea that each girl should be given a recipe folder and they could choose from a selection of printed recipes from Stir Fry Chicken to Microwave Chocolate Pudding. This was a hit with the girls. The most popular recipe sheets included a photos of the dish.
All of the girls had watched MasterChef on Network 10 and were familiar with the format - Mystery Box Challenge, Invention Test, Pressure Test, Masterclass and Group Challenges. We decided to base our party format around these to ensure our party had structure and maintained a high level of interest with the girls.
Mystery Box Challenge
Each team were given the following ingredients, from which they had to choose six, to create their mystery box challenge:
Chocolate Ice cream
Vanilla Ice cream
Strawberry Ice cream
Frozen Raspberries & Blueberries
Hershey's Chocolate Bar
White PlateVarious party decorations (Mini Umbrellas, Foil Streamer, Coloured Straws, Ribbon)
The winner and runner up are shown here.
|Holly and Renae's Magical Ice cream Sundae Surprise|
|Grace and Melanie's Ice cream Creation|
We then moved onto the Pressure Test. The girls were shown how to boil and egg and all had an opportunity to boil one themselves. Points were awarded for the best boiled egg and the best egg design. Bonus points awarded for artistic expression. As we gave each girl a chance at the Pressure test, this took just over 30 mins.
Girls paired up again to face the MasterChef Invention Test. Ten bags as shown below were placed on a table from which each team had to choose one. Inside the bag gave basic instructions and a list of ingredients and equipment they could use to complete the test. These could be taken from "the Pantry" (my dining room table). Girls were given a whole hour to complete the task. We actually went over time by 10 mins as I let the girls complete the Invention test.
|These bags were inspired by thINKspot|
I chose simple pancakes, cookies or decorating something they baked. I was really interested to see what they they came up with.
|Holly and Renae decorated cupcakes in a cookie monster style.|
|Rose and Talia had to make the perfect pancake|
|Grace and Melanie created Passion fruit Melting Moments |
Other Invention test ideas could be:
Creating a Bento Box:
|Find great bento box ideas from Fresh From Florida |
|Image Sourced from : Shekinah Deli|
Games you could play at a Kids MasterChef 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
Grace and her friends had so much fun at the Kids MasterChef Party. I hope you have fun at yours!
I would love to see some pictures of your party, so please send them to me at Parties4me and I will post for all to see and be inspired.
Aug 7, 2010
|Image Sourced from: CakeCentral.com|
|Image Source from Cake Central|
I particularly like Emily's cake above with the caption "Failure to complete this". The "Eating Birthday Cake" challenge shouldn't be too hard for most.
Aug 3, 2010
When looking for decorating inspiration for my chandelier at home, I was delighted when I found these Lily Pulitzer Party Pom Poms for sale online at Preppy Princess
Should you feel that it is well within your creative power to create your own Party Pom Pom, then check out Martha Stewart's detailed instructions
[Image sourced at MarthaStewart.com]
Please share photos of your Party Pom Pom creations by forwarding to Parties4Me. We all would love to see them!