Have a little chef in your kitchen? We've rounded up nine of what moms say are their kids' favorite foods to cook. These recipes are easy, fun, and tasty! From a simple avocado on toast to crockpot lasagna and yummy brownies, we're sharing recipes for kids of all ages to test in the kitchen. Click through to find your family's new favorite.
Suzie Boluarte of Project: Party Perfect knew just what the theme for her son Caiden's second birthday should be. "We live near a small airport, and he loves going to the observation deck," Suzie says. "It's on the tarmac, and he gets an up-close experience seeing small planes and private jets take off and land."
Suzie took that love of planes and created an inventive party full of high-flying clouds, crafts, and cute treats. "Because it was homemade and not a commercially licensed, themed party, it was a lot easier on the wallet," Suzie says. "I got to mix and match products and choose my own color theme with a budget." Budget-friendly, DIY, and adorable? Sounds like a party we can get on board with!
Looking for birthday party games that will keep a room full of kids happy without breaking the bank? Keep reading for seven games moms say are perfect for entertaining 6- to 8-year-olds at a party.
Regardless of whether you're a Hello Kitty fan or not, we're betting you're going to love this second birthday party, thrown by wedding and event planner Gloria Wong for her daughter Taylor's second birthday. "Taylor is a big Hello Kitty fan (as am I), so we decided to use Hello Kitty as our inspiration for the party," Gloria says.
Although the famed cat features heavily in this party on top of the cake, on cookies, and through the use of her iconic bows (guests were each given one to wear as a headband or bow tie; can you say "adorable?"), Gloria's stylish take on the theme feels totally modern — think of it as kiddie minimalism. While we definitely give this soiree's decor two thumbs up, the day's most important critic, 2-year-old Taylor, had one favorite party element. "She loves singing 'Happy Birthday' to herself on a daily basis," Gloria says. "So, to have a captive audience that sang along with her just sent her over the moon." Keep clicking for more sweet details.
Summer may not officially start until June, but we're already in the mood for some sweet, frosty treats. For a change from your usual store-bought desserts, try making one of these kid-favorite frozen treats recommended by real moms. From mini ice cream sandwiches doused in sprinkles to a creative "monkey" concoction, these are desserts your whole family will want again and again.
"For my little guy's birthday, there was never any question about the theme: fossils!" says Gretchen Brittain, mom of three and the creator of adorable party printables shop Three Little Monkeys. "Zach is obsessed with dinosaurs. Obsessed. But not the cartoon variety. He digs real fossils, and we've watched so many documentaries I can identify just about every fossil. OK, not quite every fossil. But close."
Gretchen used Zach's love of fossils and her own addiction to all things vintage to create one of the coolest little-boy parties ever, styled to feel like an old fossil excavation site with a vintage map backdrop, replica fossils, and old books, trunks, and camping gear. Add in activities including fossil identification and a dino dig and yummy treats like homemade "rock" cupcakes, fossilized dino egg cupcakes, and cretaceous cake pops, and you have one dino-rific party!
Source: Three Little Monkeys Studio
Whether you're sick of spending too much money on your kids' snacks or worry about what all of those unidentifiable ingredients are doing to their little bodies, we have the solution for you! Make your own homemade versions of your child's favorite snack. Whether they're crazy for Goldfish, sweet on Nutter Butters or Oreos, or wild for Pop-Tarts, we have a recipe that will make you feel better about serving up those snacks on a daily basis. Keep clicking to find your favorite snack substitute.
Strategizing about how to spoil Mom on Mother's Day? A special brunch that keeps her out of the kitchen is sure to be a success! If the kids are old enough, get them involved in whipping up any combination of these 13 yummy brunch recipes to create Mama's perfect meal. Make sure there's a trustworthy adult on hand to help with any knife or oven-related tasks, and get those little ones cooking!
This cheesy, meaty old-school casserole is the most-requested recipe on my website, onefamilyonemeal.com, and a favorite in my house! The best news is that it is quick and well balanced. The original recipe came from my friend Tori Ritchie, whose website, tuesdayrecipe.com, is also chock-full of family-friendly recipes. Serve with corn chips for dipping or roll this yummy mixture up in a tortilla with some chopped romaine for an amazing burrito.
"I am so grateful for my amazing mom," says Mercedes Papalia of Darling and Daisy. "She has given me everything, from the best relationship advice and cooking skills to tons of creative talents and some pretty darn good genetics (if I say so myself!). When Mother's Day rolls around, I like to find new ways to say 'thank you, Mom.'" We think Mercedes did a pretty amazing job with this whimsical bash, full of her mother's favorite treats combined with Spring-celebratory decor. We can't pick a favorite from the thoughtful details. Birdhouse cake displays? Terra-cotta cupcake holders? Everything is beyond cute and would work equally well for a baby shower or little girl's birthday party. Keep clicking to check out this stylish, delicious Mother's Day party!
Source: Darling and Daisy