Cooking & Baking Party ideas
Celebrate the future chefs, bakers, and other culinary artists in your family with a cooking party! Our Cooking Party Ideas include suggestions for everything from decorations to recipe choices that will get your son or daughter and their friends excited to show off their skills. Shop all our Baking Party Supplies Browse this guide: Baking Invitations Baking Decorations Baking Recipes Baking Party Favors Baking Games & Activities
Planning & InvitationsWhat Do I Need For the Party? Basic party supplies include paper tableware, such as plates, napkins, cups, and cutlery; a tablecloth, streamers, and balloons. You may also want to rent or purchase other items to fit your theme, such as:
- Various Kitchen Gadgets (blender, mixer, cookie sheets, food processor, etc.)
- Aprons and Chef Hats
- Cake Pans
- Mixing Spoons
- Cookie Cutters
- Cut the shape of a chef hat out of white fabric and write the party details on the front with black permanent marker.
- Cut a circle out of a white piece of cardstock. Use stickers to decorate the circle like a dining room table. Include plates, silverware, napkins, and dishes of food. Write your party details on the back.
- Design your invitation to look like a recipe card. Start with a 3"x5" card with lines on one side. Bullet out your party details to look like ingredients. Include a section for "Directions" that includes either directions to the party location, or additional information about the party (i.e. if your guests need to bring anything).
- Punch a hole in the corner of a card-style invitation and attach it to a mixing spoon. Tell your guests they will need their spoon during the party, so they need to bring it along! Mail these invitations in padded envelopes.
- Include creative wording for your party details, such as:Calling all gourmet chefs! You are invited to the Smith Academy of Culinary Arts For the Annual Gourmet Cooking and Baking Competition Bring your favorite apron and best recipe to join in on the fun!
Cooking & Baking Party Decorations Another great way to keep the theme alive during a party is through decorations. For a cooking theme, the kitchen gadgets and flour smears on your guests' faces will tell the story in full! But for a few additional suggestions, see below:
- Make a banner to hang above the entrance to the party that reads: "Welcome to The [child's last name] Academy of Culinary Arts".
- Balloons are a must at any party! Group three helium balloons together and anchor them with balloon weights around the party area. You may want to add a shaped Mylar balloon to each group as well.
- Set the table with personalized placemats, silverware in fun colors, glasses with silly straws, cloth napkins, and plastic or paper plates.
- Make a centerpiece for the food table by placing several kids cookbooks between two bookends.
- Set out fresh fruit, such as bunches of grapes, apples, pears, and kiwi in brightly colored colanders.
- If you want to get really creative, hang cooking utensils (mixing spoons, spatulas, whisks, etc.) and recipe cards from the ceiling.
- Homemade Pretzels - These can be shaped in a variety of different ways, so let your guests be creative! Maybe they want to shape them into the first letter of their first name, or their favorite number, or if they are really creative, their favorite animal! Set out different toppings and dips that everyone can try once they come out of the oven.
- Sugar Cut-Out Cookies - Have some cookie cutters on hand to make fun shapes out of the dough, as well as frosting, sprinkles, small candies, and other items for decorating.
- Deviled Eggs - This traditional picnic dish is not only easy, but inexpensive too! Hard boil the eggs before the party and let them cool before your guests arrive.
- Mexican Hot Chocolate - Whip up this twist on the traditional drink and warm your guests up in style.
- Fruit Punch - Serve this cool and refreshing drink with fun silly straws.
- Shaped Cakes - From daisies to dinosaurs, we have a cake pan that will bring out the baker in all your guests.