Monday, February 2, 2015

A Dinner Party for Kids

The kids' parties I throw are always VERY casual, especially if they are at my house. But sometimes, kids like to dress up and pretend they are adults.

So I threw a fancy "dinner" party for the kids and a few of their friends!  Everything I did was really, really easy. You will barely have to go shopping to get everything you need.


A Dinner Party for Kids: super-easy ideas for a fun kids' dinner party! Includes ideas for easy food, dessert, activities, and photobooth! All by a real parent - no professional party stylists involved.


Table Settings

I used some Ikea dinnerware that we already own, which brought a lot of kid-friendly colour to the table.


A Dinner Party for Kids: super-easy ideas for a fun kids' dinner party! Includes ideas for easy food, dessert, activities, and photobooth! All by a real parent - no professional party stylists involved.



For place cards, I rolled some Play-Doh into little balls and stuck a little piece of cardstock in the top. These could not have been easier, but they looked really cute!


A Dinner Party for Kids: super-easy ideas for a fun kids' dinner party! Includes ideas for easy food, dessert, activities, and photobooth! All by a real parent - no professional party stylists involved.


Food

We had our "dinner" party at lunch time so that I could take photos while the sun was still out. I hate to cook and bake, so the food was VERY simple.

I used a star-shaped cookie cutter to make Fancy Sandwiches (peanut butter, chicken, or cheese). I bought a fruit tray and a veggie tray, and tossed some chips in bowls. BAM, dinner party.


A Dinner Party for Kids: super-easy ideas for a fun kids' dinner party! Includes ideas for easy food, dessert, activities, and photobooth! All by a real parent - no professional party stylists involved.


To add to the fancy atmosphere of the party, I got the kids some tiny plastic champagne flutes for their grape juice. They all LOVED these cups.


A Dinner Party for Kids: super-easy ideas for a fun kids' dinner party! Includes ideas for easy food, dessert, activities, and photobooth! All by a real parent - no professional party stylists involved.


I added some colourful straws to make them easier to drink out of, but we still had some spills.


A Dinner Party for Kids: super-easy ideas for a fun kids' dinner party! Includes ideas for easy food, dessert, activities, and photobooth! All by a real parent - no professional party stylists involved.


Luckily, I had some OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover to test out. Once I told the kids about this, they all decided to help out by creating as many stains as possible.

They got fairly creative with this. and drew a few pictures.


A Dinner Party for Kids: super-easy ideas for a fun kids' dinner party! Includes ideas for easy food, dessert, activities, and photobooth! All by a real parent - no professional party stylists involved.


Once the entire tablecloth was purple, we cleared it off to test out the OxiClean. Here's what happened.




No wonder they wanted a video! This stuff works like MAGIC. It even works on blueberry juice!

Video highlights:

1) 0:33 - All the things you can clean with this stuff.

2) 0:45 - Poo Cherry!

3) 1:00 - How to use the OxiClean powder.

4) 1:44 - MAGIC.

5) 2:30 - I describe how filthy my house is.


Dessert

After we took care of that mess, it was time for dessert. I am terrible at baking, so we had a sundae bar. We had two kinds of ice cream, waffle bowls, chocolate and butterscotch sauce, and several kinds of sprinkles.


A Dinner Party for Kids: super-easy ideas for a fun kids' dinner party! Includes ideas for easy food, dessert, activities, and photobooth! All by a real parent - no professional party stylists involved.


Needless to say, the kids LOVED making their own sundaes.


A Dinner Party for Kids: super-easy ideas for a fun kids' dinner party! Includes ideas for easy food, dessert, activities, and photobooth! All by a real parent - no professional party stylists involved.


A Dinner Party for Kids: super-easy ideas for a fun kids' dinner party! Includes ideas for easy food, dessert, activities, and photobooth! All by a real parent - no professional party stylists involved.


Some of them had a 50-50 sprinkles-to-ice-cream ratio. Crunchy!


A Dinner Party for Kids: super-easy ideas for a fun kids' dinner party! Includes ideas for easy food, dessert, activities, and photobooth! All by a real parent - no professional party stylists involved.


Activities

After they were sugared up, we made fancy sparkly crafts. I gave the kids some cardstock and glue, and supplied them with plastic gems, sequins, and sparkly paper. I gave them no direction because I was tired by this point. They still had a blast!


A Dinner Party for Kids: super-easy ideas for a fun kids' dinner party! Includes ideas for easy food, dessert, activities, and photobooth! All by a real parent - no professional party stylists involved.


Photobooth

Because this party was Very Fancy, I asked the kids to dress up. They all looked really cute, so I'm glad I had a photobooth set up!

This is the EASIEST photo backdrop EVER. I crumpled up a bunch of foil and taped it to the wall. In real life, it looked like foil taped to the wall. In photos, it looks sparkly and fancy! Right?


A Dinner Party for Kids: super-easy ideas for a fun kids' dinner party! Includes ideas for easy food, dessert, activities, and photobooth! All by a real parent - no professional party stylists involved.


A Dinner Party for Kids: super-easy ideas for a fun kids' dinner party! Includes ideas for easy food, dessert, activities, and photobooth! All by a real parent - no professional party stylists involved.


This party was incredibly easy to throw together, and the kids had a ball. Also, they all ate a lot! Usually, I have trouble getting my kids to sit down and eat for five minutes, but the extra fun of this meal had them glued to the table!



Full disclosure: I was compensated for this post and sent a sample of the OxiClean stain remover to try out. I am honestly really excited that it worked so well, because just THINKING about scrubbing my gross couch is exhausting. Now I can clean like a Lady  / lazy person!






11 comments :

  1. Could you guys be any cuter? Poo cherry! Hahahahaha

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  2. So cute! And I really should try this on my kitchen chair cushions - if it works on your couch fingers crossed it works on my chairs :)

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  3. That foil on the wall is GENIUS!!! Great backdrop, and getting kids to actually sit down at a party, big pat on the back to you!!

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  4. What a fun idea! So many times it seems like kid's birthday parties are complicated. It's the simple ideas like this one that usually make for the most fun. Love the ice cream bar!

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  5. So much fun! Love the backdrop idea. Well done.

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  6. Simple party but from all the giggling in the video, they had a great time. That OxiClean was impressive... my carpet is just as bad as yours.... this may get added to my to do list!

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  7. I love your ideas, and those place cards are so cute.

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  8. It's all super-adorable! Well done Katie :)

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  9. So adorable Katie. The kids look like they are loving it

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  10. Great video! You are so good on camera! I loved the party that you threw for the kids - my girls would be all over that!

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  11. Looks like so much fun! I think I need to have an ice cream sundae party...

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