Time to share more birthday party details! At M's cupcake birthday party, we not only decorated cupcakes, but we also decorated aprons and chef's hats. I wasn't too sure how to pull this off with 15 three year olds at first, but then I decided to put together a cupcake kit for each child to self-contain all of their goodies. This way, the kids didn't have to share toppings, markers, etc. and they didn't have to miss out if they didn't feel like doing the crafts right then and there. They could take their kit home and finish the crafts on their own time (we all know that three year olds have to do things on their terms most of the time!). Everything worked out quite well so I wanted to share The Cupcake Kit.....
I started with some paper bags from the grocery store. I found a store with bags that didn't have a ton of writing on them so I could easily cover the writing up with labels. I made labels using and 8.5 x 11 piece of paper and glued them on each of the bags with each child's name on it -- gotta make everyone feel special!
We included disposable 9" adjustable chef hats, children's aprons with their names in puffy paint, and a bag with apron and hat decorating materials. I purchased a lot of the materials for the party on Amazon.com, including the chef hats, aprons, puffy paint, and fabric markers.
Each child's apron and hat decorating bag included, stickers, fabric markers (we had them use these on the aprons and the hats), a bag with foam letters that spelled their name to put on the hat, and other other foam stickers.
For the cupcake decorating, we included a cupcake box that held four cupcakes (2 chocolate and 2 vanilla) with their name on the top. We had plenty of cupcakes around so that kids could make one for themselves and their parent and they would have some left over to take home for later.
The cupcake toppings bag included individual bags of M&Ms, gummy bears, sprinkles, marshmallows, and chocolate chips.
We placed the individual bags around the table so that each child could have their own special seat and decorate what they wanted when they wanted.
I thought this would turn into ultimate chaos, but it was such a great time and worked out perfectly! Everyone had a blast. The kits were a great success and I even heard from moms the next day saying that the kids were still decorating their aprons, hats, and cupcakes.... gotta love it!