My two sisters and I all have birthdays within a few weeks of each other and when I was growing up birthday time was my favourite time of year! My mother always involved us in all aspects of party prep. We’d choose a theme, design the decor, decorate party hats, set up our favourite games and help with the cooking.
For me, all of these things helped build the magic and excitement of the big day. I have continued this much loved tradition with my own three children, although thankfully their birthdays are more evenly spread throughout the year!
One of the easiest ways to involve kids in the preparation for their birthday parties is in the kitchen. Something that is a staple at all of our birthday parties, always a hit and easy for kids to make are chocolate grissini wands.
Chocolate grissini wands
You will need
- Small grissini bread sticks
- Chocolate melts
- Mug or glass
1. Melt the chocolate by putting it into a bowl in the microwave and heating for 30 second increments until melted. Alternatively, you could use a double saucepan on the stove top to melt your chocolate.
2. Wait a few minutes so that the chocolate is not too runny and then spoon the chocolate over the top third of the grissini stick, twisting as you go so that the chocolate spreads as evenly as possible.
4. Pop your choc covered grissini stick into a mug or glass until the chocolate hardens.
Tip: If the chocolate starts to drip down the grissini stick at this stage, then your chocolate is too warm and you need to wait a few minutes for the chocolate to cool down a little before continuing.
You might like to measure the length of your mug so that the chocolate doesn’t stick to the mug as it dries. You can do this by simply holding the grissini stick up against the mug, like my 6 year old son is doing in the pic below.
and then keeping your finger there as you put the melted chocolate onto the grissini stick making sure that the chocolate always stays above that line.
5. Once the chocolate has set, place your chocolate grissini wands in an airtight container until party time. They’ll last for weeks so you can make them well in advance which is always a winner!
It might get a little messy and they may not look absolutely perfect, but in the end it doesn’t really matter because they’ll still taste delicious. Besides, you just can’t beat that look of pride and satisfaction on your kids’ faces from having made something all by themselves!
Believe me, if you start them young, they’ll be running their own parties in no time!
How much do you involve your children in party prep?
Do you have any tried and true recipes to share that are great to do with kids?
A version of this post first appeared on kidspot.com.au in August 2013