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Sweet Treats for Your Songbird Soiree

Sweeten Up Your Songbird Soiree

(with a little help from your kids!)

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We are so excited to feature a guest post this week from Gina at Foodie Fest Kit where it’s all about getting kids into the kitchen! Gina offers monthly kits for your junior chef with 3 seasonal recipes, non-perishable ingredients to make the recipes, a short pantry or shopping list, games, puzzles, and activities to complete! So much fun, right? Now, read more about Gina’s take on desserts for kids’ parties!

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You’ve already picked a magical location for your kid’s birthday party: Songbird Karaoke! More planning now awaits you. There’s invitations, balloons, party favors, and of course, FOOD!

Songbird has some great partnerships for catering from some of the most delicious restaurants in Collingswood, but for options for sweet treats, look no further than getting the kids to help make these ideas provided by Foodie Fest Kit, a local kids culinary subscription service.

Getting kids to be active in the kitchen helps them practice

  • fine motor skills
  • following directions
  • paying attention to details
  • might help them discover and try new foods

The kitchen is even a great place to learn about science and different cultures too! Try one of these recipes with your junior chef at home, and if you have a positive experience, you might like to try out a Foodie Fest Kit subscription. We serve all different ages and experience levels. Keep reading for the dessert ideas that can be created by kids!

All of the following ideas have been kid tested for ease, minimal mess, and delicious-ness! Grab your junior chef, and prep these sweet treats to bring to your next Songbird soiree!

Sweet Treats 1 = Lazy Cookie Bars

sweet treatsMinimal effort. Minimal ingredients. Maximum taste (for both kids and adults)!

  • Just mix a melted stick of butter with 2 eggs, and a box of yellow cake mix.
  • Stir in chocolate chips (as much or as little as you like, but 12 oz max), and bake for 25 minutes at 350°F in a 9×13 greased pan. That’s it!

Try this variation – use chocolate cake mix instead of yellow cake mix, add your chocolate chips, some mini marshmallows, and crushed graham crackers to your batter to make more of a s’mores themed brownie type of dessert.
These taste amazing. Kids love stirring everything together plus, cleaning up in your kitchen AND your eating location is a breeze since the prep and the eating make minimal mess.

Sweet Treats 2 = Rainbow Cake

Oooo pretty colors! Kids will love revealing the secret of all the colors baked into this cake!

  • Make some regular white cake batter (make from scratch or use a box – we won’t judge!) and divide it somewhat evenly into 6 smaller bowls.
  • Use food coloring to make each of the colors of the rainbow with the batter in the separate bowls.
  • Junior chefs can practice being very careful slowly adding the drops and stirring to make the colors!

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Red = use red drops
Orange = put some red and yellow drops together
Yellow = use yellow drops
Green = put some blue and yellow drops together
Blue = use blue drops
Purple = put some blue and red drops together

  • Grease a 9”x13” baking pan.
  • Pour the red batter right in the middle of the baking pan and leave it be, do not spread it or stir it around or anything.
  • Next, pour the orange batter in the middle of the baking pan. This should make the red batter spread out a bit. That’s what you want.
  • Continue to keep pouring the batter only in the middle of the baking pan. Next is the yellow batter – pour it in the middle on top of where you poured the orange.
  • Then, repeat with the green batter.
  • Next, pour the blue batter.
  • Lastly, pour the purple batter in the middle, and do not stir or spread. You want the colors to stay as they are in the pan.
  • Bake according to the directions for the batter used. Let cool and add frosting.

Bonus points if your baking pan has a lid – it’s ready to pack for your party at Songbird! Any leftovers? Pop the lid back on and bring it right back home. Easy peasy.


Sweet Treats 3 = Easy Chocolate Marshmallow Fudge

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This is one of the more technical desserts on the list, but definitely a VERY easy way to make fudge! Fudge is great because it can easily cure that sweet craving with just a small piece, and it barely leaves any crumbs, allowing you to get back to the microphone for your next song in a jiffy.

  • Have a greased 8×8 pan ready.
  • Combine 14 oz sweetened condensed milk and 12 oz chocolate chips in a saucepan.
  • Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until the chocolate is melted, then remove from the heat. Kids are great with stirring, but make sure they are being careful around the hot stovetop.
  • Stir in a teaspoon of vanilla extract.
  • Then stir in 1 cup mini marshmallows, but only stir a few strokes, just to envelop the marshmallows into the fudge mixture without them melting away!
  • Pour the fudge into the greased 8×8 pan and let your junior chef smooth the top slightly.
  • Let the fudge cool at room temperature, then in the fridge for about 3 hours before cutting.

Grab a piece in between songs…no fork or plates or messy clean up required.

Themed Dessert

Having a party with an awesome theme? At Foodie Fest Kit, we specialize in themes – whether it be a seasonal theme, character, animal, or karaoke theme, we want to share ideas with you and help get your kids in the kitchen! For example, for your Songbird party, you could bake cupcakes inside of ice cream cones, frost with chocolate icing, dip into black sugar sprinkles and VOILA! You now have impressive microphone cupcakes!

Which sweet treat to choose? Maybe have your junior chef choose one (or more than one!) from above, but make sure they stick around to help create it! It will be a fun bonding experience, allowing them to create and possibly experiment with new ingredients, tastes, and textures. Pack it up to bring along, share with friends or guests, and have an amazing party singing your heart out at Songbird Karaoke!

In between songs, your child is sure to take pride in their own culinary creation that everyone is enjoying! If the experience was a success, remember that at Foodie Fest Kit, we offer a monthly culinary kit service that’s personalized to your child’s age, food preferences, and hobbies. Each kit includes 3 seasonal kid friendly recipes, ingredients, and an activity booklet. If you want to learn more, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at hello@foodiefestkit.com or follow us on Facebook or Instagram!

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