My kids love having parties. A successful kids’ party requires a few key elements; fun food, creative kid-friendly games, and cute crafts and activities! We’ve hosted a few little parties for my daughter’s friends; a fun opportunity to make some yummy food that I don’t have to eat all by myself! Baking for others is the best kind of inspiration. Here are the basic things needed for a fun and easy party for kids.
Healthy Snacks & Creative Treats
Our kids’ parties usually include yummy homemade cupcakes or cake pops, cookies, and some healthier snacks like a creative fruit plate, veggie platter, and pretzels dipped in hummus. I try to balance the sugar with healthier snack options to give the kids a variety of snack choices.
The secret to making cake pops
1. Mix a baked cake together with a tub of frosting. Form balls out of the mixture, stick a paper lollipop stick into each ball, and let them harden in the freezer for about an hour.
2. Melt Wilton chocolate candy melts in the microwave for a minute and a half, stirring in between 30 second intervals. I mixed a tablespoon of cooking oil into the chocolate to make it thinner and easier to drizzle.
3. Spoon the melted chocolate over each cake pop, twirling slowly. As you slowly twirl the cake pop, any excess chocolate will drip off and the remaining chocolate will set.
4. Decorate with sprinkles or candies before the cake pops fully harden.
Patience is the key! Twirling too fast will cause the cake pop to become unstable on the stick, and spooning too many layers of chocolate will cause it to get clumpy. Place the un-coated cake pop balls back in the freezer if they get too soft, and reheat the chocolate candy melts if the melted chocolate starts getting thick.
It’s tough to get cake pops to stand up while they harden! We found this awesome cake pop stand which is a must-have if you make cake pops often. It’s also easy to disassemble and clean, and doubles as a cupcake display too!
My daughter also usually requests a cute cake for her parties. I can make cake pops, cupcakes and a small cake out of the same two boxes of cake mix. Easy win! I cut this heart cake out of a round sheet cake and frosted it with yummy strawberry icing. The raspberries and baking pearls are the perfect decorative touch!
Paper Party Decor & Favors
A kids’ party needs fun party decor! For a Valentine’s Day party, we made easy DIY party decor from scrapbook paper hearts glued onto lengths of ribbon. Our super cool LED star light was a post-Christmas clearance buy. 70% off!
Cute double-sided paper hearts, looped onto our colorful rose chandelier.
Kids also like taking something home, so it’s fun to make cute party favors. These paper mustache and lips party favors are glued onto wooden skewers. If you have a photo booth at your party, these paper party favors can double as photo props!
Kids’ parties can be super fun and you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make a fun memory with your kids. I hope you enjoyed our easy party planning tips!
Katie is a writer and influencer based in beautiful Coeur d’Alane, Idaho. She enjoys DIY projects, photography, decorating and going on family adventures. She feels blessed to be a wife, a stay-at-home mom to three kids and a Pacific Northwest lifestyle blogger.