The most successful party of any kind we’ve ever had!!!
Many of the ideas came from American Girl’s Snooze-a-Palooza: the Hershey Bar invitation (you replace the wrapper with the invite); all the games (the seemingly stupider, the more successful with the girls); and the idea and basic recipe for making the chocolate pizza (to which I added a strawberry puree for tomato sauce).
Here’s what we also brought to the table:
- Making chocolate truffles for an activity: I used Ina Garten’s recipe, and supplied bowls of kid-friendly toppings like multi-colored sprinkles, all-chocolate sprinkles, confectioners’ sugar, chopped peanuts.
- We made a “normal” dinner, then chocolate s’mores for dessert. I bought butter warmers from Sur La Table, and filled with marshmallows I melted in the oven as well as hot fudge; the girls dipped/spread/spooned them on chocolate graham crackers.
- I had giant bowls of chocolate candies, and instructed the girls to fill each other’s goodie bags, lined up with their names on a table, with personal notes (post-its and pens provided) of niceness and sweets. The goodie bags later got tubes of chocolate toothpaste from Turpan, chocolate chapstick, chocolate-scented note cards, and bags of homemade chocolate granola (see below).
- Very important after unlimited sugar and before bedtime: Get the girls comfy and put on Willi Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
- The Breakfast Menu:
Chocolate-Chocolate-Chip Pancakes with Chocolate Moo Syrup (from Trader Joe’s)
Chocolate Granola (I made from scratch from a Nigella Lawson recipe, which I didn’t really like, and put bags of it in the goody bags. Unless you find a better recipe you absolutely adore, I recommend just using Cocoa Puffs)…with Chocolate Milk
Glasses of Chocolate Milk
Chocolate croissants (I love the frozen ones from Trader Joe’s, which I always have on hand for breakfasts post-sleepovers) or chocolate donuts