Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Juno's party: {the party favor}

What's the most important part of a kid's birthday party?

Birthday cake!

I wanted to send Juno's guests home with a little taste of the joy and innocence of a child's birthday, so I decided to make cake batter bark. Mmmmmm!

Jason's mom gave us this adorable suitcase when we got married. It was filled with all of Jason's kindergarten and elementary school papers and projects. The girls love looking through Daddy's artwork! This suitcase was perfect set by the front door with the party favors.

Doesn't that look scrumptious? (Ask my butt, it will tell you that it is scrumptious)
If you've ever made any kind of bark, you will know how simple it is.
1. Prepare a cookie sheet by covering it with wax paper or freezer paper.
2. Melt one bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips over medium heat until smooth and glossy. I know that most people
say you should use high quality chocolate for melting--I have found that store brand chocolate chips work just fine! The secret is you have to buy semi-sweet. Milk chocolate just doesn't work. When the chocolate is smooth and glossy, use a rubber spatula to spread it across the cookie sheet. Stick the cookie sheet in the freezer for about 20 minutes to let the chocolate set.
3. After the chocolate has set, melt one package of vanilla bark over medium heat until smooth and glossy. Stir in dry cake mix--yep, just straight out of the box! I used about 1/3 of a cup because I really wanted to taste the cake flavor. Carefully spread the vanilla bark over the chocolate layer and sprinkle colorful jimmies all over.
4. Put the bark back in the freezer until set, and then break it up into pieces. Perfect for gift-giving!

PS: Jason's awesome aunt Margaret took all these party pictures for me. Thanks, Margaret!


Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife said...

Oh my! Time goes by so quickly. I cannot believe that she is one! Her party looks like so much fun. You did a wonderful job!


Anonymous said...

These were delicious!!!! I brought them home to my roommates and we each had a piece together!

Julie Nickerson said...

Happy Birthday Juno!

Looks like a FANTASTIC party! LOVE the HIP idea!

We are planning a "I have great hips" party for Sage. :) In August she started weaning from her brace (just nights) and we go the end of the month to hopefully (FINALLY) be brace free.

I might be asking you for some ideas. I was going to do a vintage Hot Air Balloon theme since she loves balloons.

Let me know if you have any ideas you want to send my way. :)

Kate said...

Wooooo Sage!! That's great! I love that you are going to throw a hip party for her :) and vintage hot air balloons is soooo cute! Let me think about it... I bet I can find some good stuff for you!

Margaret said...

It was so fun to come to Juno's party! You always do such an amazing job with decorations, food, everything! Happy Happy Birthday to Juno!!!!