Hosting a winter birthday party
Throw a party for your little one's birthday or just to celebrate the season.
Happy birthday, winter babies!
Winter parties can be tough on parents — a group of kids stuck inside, hopped-up on sugar, yikes!
To help make your child's birthday party a success, we recommend a few tricks. Read on to get inspiration for wintery games and festive treats, plus a handy schedule that will help keep you sane and the little sweeties smiling.
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A version of this article was published in our January 2013 issue with the headline "Snow Day," pp. 60-3.
Stay on schedule
Kids’ parties can be tricky to plan, so we’re offering a timeline to help you keep things moving. If one activity takes less time than we’ve allotted, just move on to the next.
10:00 a.m. Welcome guests at the hot chocolate bar.
10:15 a.m. Enlist parents' help with crafts assembly.
10:40 a.m. Do a snowball toss. Use three “balls” per turn, so the line moves quickly.
11:00 a.m. Serve little sandwiches as a snack.
11:20 a.m. Freeze dance. Non-dancers can help you with the music.
11:30 a.m. Treats! Serve pull-apart cupcakes and hand out loot bags.
Make hot chocolate
Find a quick and easy white hot chocolate recipe to serve to the little ones.
Serve a snowman cake
Start with your favourite cake recipe or cake mix. (Two boxes should give you enough.) Ingredients: White icing, mini marshmallows, orange icing, orange sugar crystals, one sugar cone, large chocolate wafers, five chocolate sandwich cookies.
Follow our three simple steps for the Pull-Apart Snowman Cake:
1) Frost cupcakes with a thin layer of white icing. Press marshmallows onto icing. Arrange cupcakes in a large circle.
2) Pour orange sugar crystals onto a plate. Apply a thin layer of orange icing to the sugar cone, then roll in sugar crystals. Place cone in the middle of the cupcake circle to make a nose.
3) Arrange the chocolate wafers on the cake to make eyes, and use the chocolate cookies to make a smile.
Pass out snack-size sandwiches
Whip up ham-and-cheese or jam sandwiches, then cut into winter-themed shapes with large cookie cutters.
These are perfect for little tummies!
Try this party game
Create “snowballs” by rolling up socks then folding back the cuffs to secure.
Have kids take turns throwing the “snowballs” into a basket to score points.
Hand out snowflake loot bags
Drop a special treat into a brown paper bag. Fold down the top of the bag; fold a doily "snowflake" overtop. Punch two holes through both and tie with ribbon or string.
Now you're ready to hand out the wintery loot bags to all your little guests!
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