Setting the Stage: Always Host Cooking Parties in the Backyard
I'm not a fan of clean up. And although I had grand plans to make the 30 toddlers who descended on my backyard clean up after themselves, I figured it was easier to do it all outside and make clean up a non-issue.
You have to make sure everyone is prepared to work... each child received an apron with his/her name on it. Of course, this helps families who don't know each other (we invited Sheridan's whole class, plus all of his friends he's grown up with around his age), and keeps with the rainbow theme. More importantly, my hope was that this would encourage more cooking when they got home :)
We had three cooking stations:
And there was A LOT of this...
And don't you worry... the adults had amazing food, too. Shameless plug for Magpie Cafe . Seriously, if you live here and haven't tried it - it is a culinary MUST in Sacramento. Your taste-buds can thank me later. If you're not from here, put it in on your must-do list when you come to Sacramento (this town is really growing up - in a culinary sense - and Magpie is one of the top restaurants on the list of places changing this town). And the owners and staff are amazing - they love Sheridan and have been really supportive of the Ds community and DSIA (so they deserve a little Web love here in the form of pics).
In addition to the cooking activities, we had plenty of other options so if a child wasn't particularly interested in making cupcakes (which turned out to be ZERO children), or if the cupcake station was too busy, the children had plenty of other options to hold their interest.
Not To Be Outdone: The Rainbow Cupcakes
We couldn't eat the six-tier cake, so I made a double batch of white cake batter, divided it into seven bowls, and used the best food coloring ever to make the colors of the rainbow (I added pink because I felt like it, even if it's not in The Rainbow Song).
The cupcakes were awesome (and all the credit goes to the food coloring, not me).
Devouring the Rainbow
The Best Part: Sheridan Had So Much Fun
Don't Forget Your Party Favor