Sweet Pea Chef

A foodie mommy shares tips, tricks and stories from her kitchen as she seeks out more healthful and interesting meals.



Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I think party favors are fun, and can make the whole experience so much more memorable for the kids when they get a chance to make them!

SingMyself's picture SingMyself

Okay, you have my email address- I must know more about the macaroni and cheese bites! Also the clay boats. And I agree on the favors-- I get so tired of bringing home little plastic trinkets that we instantly lose.

I have to disagree a bit on the present-opening-- our girls' kindergarten teacher this past year said she had heard so many horror stories about hurt feelings from that part of the party. Kids who say they already have that toy, or blurt out that they don't like that toy, or a kid who sees that everyone's present is bigger and more exciting than the one they bought-- like a minefield for hurt feelings, you know? So we saved the presents for home, and I felt like it kept the focus on the fun of celebrating with their friends, and away from the idea of gifts.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Those macaroni and cheese bites were amazing--crunchy on the outside, gooey-yummy on the inside...I'll e-mail you the recipe and the lowdown on those boats...

I see your point about the presents, I really do--I guess I see the gifts as a rite of passage of sorts, and as a chance for the child who picked the gift to get the chance to see it being opened and (hopefully) appreciated. I think as long as there are gifts involved, it's hard for them not to be a focus, so you might as well let everyone have the chance to see them opened.

But I do see your point--it's definitely something to think about.

chrisling123's picture chrisling123

My son will be having another pool party this year to celebrate turning nine. I think that it is so important for him to open his gifts with his friends to personally thank them! It is another opportunity to demonstrate good manners and the gift givers genuinely love seeing thier gifts appreciated! My son will hand out the favors just after he has opened his gifts. I can't wait for the messy happy day to get here!!!

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I'm excited, too, about having a pool party--our first. And I agree, the gift-giving process is a great "teaching moment" even if it doesn't always work out smoothly...!