We celebrated him this past weekend with a party that was among my most favorite birthday parties, ever: a cooking-themed event. Five friends and one beloved teacher joined us for a morning of cooking, decorating, and chefting. (Chefting = engaging in chef-like acts). Aidan and Leo were Master Chefs in the help they provided to our guests, and Master Brothers in the fun they shared with their baby bro.
Although this party had fresh and new ideas, it was actually a variation on a theme - I've kind of gotten this home-grown party thing down to a bit of a science.
I choose a color theme,
make some swag,
repurpose stuff from around the house into fresh and relevant party decorations,
and call it good. Whabam! Party time.
I've also learned a thing or two about how much good teaching is like good party planning: plan every minute, then plan some extra stuff. I get teased for the schedules I write (and especially if I waver a minute or two off the timeline) but if there is a secret to my success, it's this. It's all about the party-time management. This time around, the party plan was as follows:
12:00 - 12:15 - Guests arrive: Decorate aprons;
draw pictures of favorite food on poster board
12:15 - 12:30 Assemble pizzas (crust; sauce; cheese; assorted toppings, including hot dogs)
12:30 - 12:45 (while the pizzas cook...) Make fruit kebabs; listen to the story "Seven Silly Eaters"
12:45 - 1:05 Lunch on the deck
1:05 - 1:40 Chef Stations: Sifting (flour);
Measuring (rice and cups, spoons, funnels, etc.);
Rolling and Cutting (pie crusts; rolling pins; cookie cutters); and
Pouring/Spinning (water with salad spinner, lettuce, various pouring and measuring containers)
1:40 - 1:50 Decorate cupcakes
1:50 - 2:00 Let Them Eat (cup)Cake! And Voila!
In addition to the fabric apron they decorated, each guest left with a goodie bag that included a wooden spoon, a basting brush, a cookie cutter, muffin tin liners, a picture of Chef Pax, and two recipes -
one for "With Scratch" Brownies, (best. brownies. EVER!) and one for homemade pizza dough: