Tree painted and names written on the birds by the birthday boy. Love kid involvement in birthday prep! In fact the whole party was designed by him! Love this kid.
Some pinata action shots!
As well as some sushi and hot dogs at the birthday boys request, for dessert we had Chocolate Birds Nests
Fruit Cups with Tree toothpicks
Choc Grissini Sticks (aka ‘tree branches’)
How close together are your children’s birthdays?!
How much scope do you give your children in party prep?
Do you run with whatever theme your child suggests or steer them in a particular direction? Or is the whole ‘theme thing’ just not for you?
If you’d like to see some pics of some more diy parties, you might like to head over to the Frog Goose & Bear party ideas page…
What you will need:
- Compound Chocolate Melts
- Chocolate Mould Trays
2. Pour some chocolate onto the mould. Most of these moulds were from my childhood and I love the vintage look they bring but I have seen them at craft stores, Spotlight, online and even my local post office!
3. Spread the chocolate out across the tray using a spatula or butter knife.
6. Pop your chocolate mould sheets full of chocolate into the freezer for about 5-10 minutes. You’ll know they are ready when you turn it over and you can see it starting to get slightly whitish in colour through the plastic, or it sounds a little crackly. You’ll just know, believe me.
7. To release the chocolate from the mould, turn the sheet upside down and gently tap it on the table. Make sure you do this gently and close to the table as you don’t want the chocolates to break on their way down. If they don’t come out easily, just pop it back in the freezer for a bit as they may not be set enough.
P.S. A huge thanks to Andrea who gave me all the wonderful tips to make these last week!!
* This batch was actually made using a packet of teddy bear biscuits. They did the same job.
we made something that I’ve been meaning to try for a very long time.
Our own chocolate bowls! For a more elaborate tutorial and where I got the idea from in the first place head over to the very clever Bakerella.
These were made by children, so were not the neatest of bowls, but it did not affect the taste! One of the children, who will remain nameless, thought they would like to create a bowl larger than anyone elses and tried to cover a majority of the balloon in chocolate only to discover when it was time to pop the balloons that it all cracked into tiny pieces. The rest of us, with a bowl shape (and not greed) in mind, simply dipped the base of our balloons* in the melted chocolate as thickly as possible and placed it on some baking paper to set. We put them in the fridge, as we wanted them to set quickly, but you probably wouldn’t need to.
* We used normal balloons blown up very small, but water balloons would be best.
**instant pudding - another food from my childhood that I happened to see on the supermarket shelf and had to give it a try!