When it comes to my friends, I’m the token foodie. Over the years, I’ve catered various shindigs, assisted with catering at other shindigs and I’m generally the know-it-all people go to for advice. In fact, I’m pretty sure a friend of mine’s parents think I’m a caterer (I’ll take that as a compliment).
It’s lucky that I really enjoy making people happy with good food. That’s why I often ask about 10 times “is it ok?”. It’s nice to know that someone has enjoyed what you’ve lovingly crafted.
A couple of months ago, my friend (the one whose parents think I’m a caterer) asked if I wanted to help with her soon-to-be-seven year old daughter’s birthday party. She wanted a cooking party. Well, that sounded right down my alley, so I said “sure thing”. I figured I could borrow one of Dad’s chef jackets and do what I do best – make a fool of myself.
For the next few weeks we Facebooked, texted and chatted about what we could do and the final decision was: pizza with handmade bases, a sorbet spider and ice cream with homemade cookie bowls. There would be food related games and a decorate your own apron station.
I won’t lie, I think I got a bit excited looking through websites and thinking about all the things we could do. That’s the event organiser in me though. I always have to remember to pare back my ideas.
On the day, I made my pizza dough early in the morning shipped myself off to my friend’s place. When I got there, I did a bit of prep – cut up vegetables, attempted a caramel sauce (managed to burn it and my hand the first time around due to a very high heat) and portioned up the dough for little hands.
I can only imagine that making pizza is a very artistic experience for seven year olds. Tomato sauce was painted on to mis-shaped dough and toppings were added both carefully and with abandon. There was a lot of happy chatter and some brave calls for different toppings never tried before. It looked and sounded like they had fun.
The sorbet spiders didn’t turn out quite as planned, but they loved them. I chose a mango sorbet and we mixed it in with lemonade – plenty of sugar and quite tasty!
Lastly, the kids went on a hunt for ingredients to make cookie bowls and then helped ‘Chef’ Karis mix the dough up. Then it was time to mould the dough into pie tins and in the oven they went. When they were done, they were cooled, filled with a scoop of ice cream and topped with anything from gummy bears to popping candy.
It was a fun party and could easily be replicated if you were looking for inspiration! Thanks to my friend for letting me be involved!