When you have three kids, you start to realize that you will be hosting an awful lot of birthday parties. After getting a few under my belt, I realize that there are some basic "problems" that show up whenever kids and party combine. No matter what the "theme" of the party is, there are some ways to solve the problems. Join me today as I take you step-by-step through the 7 biggest problems with kid's parties and how we avoided them at our Star Wars party!
We had a VERY basic meal consisting of Yoda Soda and hot dogs (with Carbonite mustard) that can be rounded out with fresh veggies and fruit. There are a million recipes online for "Yoda Soda", but mine is very simply:
- 1 Part Lemonade
- 1 Part Ginger Ale (so it gets foamy!)
- Tiny bit of green and blue food coloring
Basically, any foaming blue/green soda/liquid will work and impress the kiddos to no end :)
To make the carbonite mustard, simply add a little green gel food coloring to an almost empty bottle of mustard, add 1 Tablespoon of water (to get things loosened up!) and SHAKE! Add tiny bits of water to get the mustard off the edges of the bottle, but don't add too much or you will have REALLY runny mustard.
One of my absolute pet peeves is a bunch of kiddos (typically MINE) in the kitchen when I am rushing around trying to get a meal on the table. I love having them in there to bake or do projects, but when I am on a timeline and hustling around with boiling water and hot pans -- kids in the kitchen are a no-go. What to do?
- Using gel coloring for a stronger color. Regular food coloring works, but these Wilton Gels work better.
- Adding a scoop of vanilla pudding for a more opaque looks and "cracks" (aren't they cool?)
- Gluing laminated Hans to the bottom of the pan -- pulls right off when you are done and he doesn't float
I know, i know, this is rarely a problem, but sometimes you just get SICK of cake if you have been to a lot of weddings, birthdays, etc. The solution? Something else sweet! Pies work -- so do crumbles or ice cream cakes. In this case, we went with a brownie cake and it was QUITE good if I do say so myself!