Preparing for a birthday party for your child can be a little daunting; it seems so simple but suddenly spirals out of control when you decide that you’ll have everything homemade, hand baked, hand decorated and completely colour co-ordinated. Suddenly what was going to be a simple little gathering for a few friends become all consuming and you find yourself running around for days beforehand – feeling decidedly like the bride before the wedding (although with no bridesmaids on hand to help)!
Between my children, my God-Children, my nephews and the children of my friends, I’ve planned and executed just a few parties (!!) The good news about all this is that while I could have learnt how to get the icing ‘just so’ by adding just a touch of a mystery ingredient that is only available from halfway across town, I haven’t. What I have learnt though is some beautifully effective shortcuts. It’s all about the WOW for kids. They really couldn’t care less whether Mum, Nanny or the ‘man at Woolies’ made the cakes and cookies – they’re just there to hold the smarties and the icing! And the fruit platter? Yeah right Mum. I’ll take the little melon balls on a stick (’cause I know you’ll feel like a good mum by feeding me fruit) but don’t be surprised when you find them in the herb garden next weekend.
I can’t claim any credit for the Tiny Teddies in Cars. We went to the 1st birthday of a beautiful little friend today and my children were so enchanted with them, I had to take a pic and share. Even my 10 year old gave me a run down on exactly how we could replicate them this week at home.
What you’ll need for Tiny Teddies in Cars:
1 box of Tiny Teddies
2 share packs of mini Milky Ways (or mini Mars Bars if you’d prefer) – the ones that are only about 3-4cm long
1 packet of Smarties or M&Ms
A small amount of chocolate icing (or chocolate spread if you prefer – aim for nut free if you have small children at the party)
How to put them together:
1. Unwrap each mini bar and using a teaspoon (or knife) hollow out a small section of the mini bar toward the back of the bar
2. Place a dab of icing or chocolate spread onto the feet of the Tiny Teddy and sit him into the seat of the car
3. Place a tiny dab of icing or chocolate spread onto each Smartie and stick to the sides of the mini bar to make the wheels
If you don’t have any icing or chocolate spread handy, you could actually use a tealight, lighter or candle flame to very slightly melt a spot of chocolate (very slightly) in the spot where each Smartie should go and then stick the Smartie straight on. It’s really up to you – either method will work fine.
The sky’s the limit with these cute little cars. You could use strip liquorice to create roads for the cars, you could colour coconut green to make grass, you could nab some road signs from your child’s train set or you could use lollipops standing up in half marshmallows as street signs.
I thought these were gorgeous – although I was a little worried at the Teddy at the front of the pic – he was looking like a road rage candidate at the time I took the photo!
What are some super easy, no cook party treats you like to use for your children’s parties? Got any photos you can share to inspire other mums for their next party?