If wrapping up sticky slices of cake in napkins to stuff in a plastic party bag at the end of a raucous celebration leaves you cold, why not bake up a batch of cookies pre-birthday bash? Get the birthday boy or girl to decorate them with tubes of coloured icing for each guest, then refrigerate.
Popcorn is officially the new super-food. But hush! Don’t tell the kids because they still think it’s a cool and junky treat. Knock up a batch of air-popped corn and portion it into mini cones or zip-lock bags. Label each one with a child’s name.
Head to the hardware store and stock up on mini-pots and seed packets. From pansies to beansprouts or even mint and basil, you can tuck a seed packet into each pot, wrap them in a clear gift bag and secure with a ribbon. If plastic doesn’t appeal, go for small, galvanized pots or ceramics in different colours.
Cook up a large batch and divide it into small, airtight containers. Add glitter or even a couple of drops of essential oils to the dough for a soothing, chill-out version. Just two drops of lavendar, mandarine or chamomile added at the final stage and kneaded in will do the trick.
You will need
• (large batch for a playdough date)
• 650 grams of plain flour
• 325 grams of salt
• 6 tsp of cream of tarter
• 3tbsp of canola oil
• 750mls of water
• Food colouring
Pour all ingredients into a large pot. Stir it constantly over medium heat until a dough ball forms by pulling away from the sides (you need strong arms for this one). Knead dough until the texture matches play dough. It should only take one to two minutes to achieve this.
Cook kids’ kit
Available online, delivered to your door and the kids will enjoy playing with them too. Check out these cool party favours
Evi Love Animal Friends
These adorable dolly kits are just the thing to delight a party of five-year-olds.
Dhs25 each from Mumzworld.com
Budkins Fairy Queen
We love this little fairy queen – just the thing to start a playground craze.
Dhs49 each, mumsworld.com
Fairytale Princess wand decorating kit
Get them creating their very own, custom-made wand with this snazzy set.
Dhs45 each, partysouk.com
Angry Birds Disk launchers
Little lads like nothing more than a toy they can aim and fire in the back garden. These come in sets of 12.
Dhs27 (for 12), partysouk.com
Budkins Raphael the Pirate
This swashbuckling little chap who makes a great match for the Fairy Queen.
Dhs49 each, mumzworld.com
Crayola Colour Wonder
Mess-free colouring and Lightening MacQueen – and pens are included too.
Dhs59 each, mumzworld.com