Cakes, cookies and pies - oh my! When it comes to birthday
celebrations, food of all kinds is taking center stage these days.
Serve it up to eager taste buds, or take it to another level and
consider getting kids in on the act of making it, too. Whether
you're serving up the most amazing cake in town or making the food
as entertainment, yummy creations as this year's party theme mean
delicious birthday fun for all your guests.
When you're looking for birthday cake to round out your theme
this year, check out Roeser's Bakery. As the oldest family-owned
bakery in Chicago, Roeser's is a one-stop shop for all your party
needs. The care and high quality ingredients that go into each
confection from Roeser's remain the same as those used when they
first opened in 1911. Providing cakes that exceed your imagination
is just one facet of this establishment, whose owner, John Roeser
III, has successfully competed in three Food Network cake
competitions. Stop by Roeser's Party Palace next door to the
Humbolt Park bakery, where you'll find paper products and décor
coordinated to today's most popular themes.
Take your birthday party on the road and feed the kids what they
really want: cake and ice cream! The Brown Cow Ice Cream Parlor in
Forest Park serves up delectable treats with old fashioned charm
every day, but hosts parties as well. When it comes to set up and
clean up, they've got it covered, along with running the show.
Brown Cow offers various packages, which include variances in party
length or organized games, for up to 10 guests. Themes range from
building your own sundae, waffle or cupcake, to the exciting
"Trough Party", where party goes work together to demolish the
ultimate sundae containing one scoop each of 21 flavors, whipped
cream, sprinkles and cherries. All parties include party room
décor, paper goods and refreshments, hats and a balloon. For the
birthday child who selects the trough, they'll leave with a t-shirt
announcing, "I tackled the trough!"
Another delicious option when you're looking for your child's
cake to be the showpiece of your event is Deefields Bakery in
Deerfield, Buffalo Grove and Schaumburg. They're up for the
challenge of any theme, including 3D cakes. They also specialize in
miniatures, one to two-bite sweets perfect for taste buds big and
small. Don't miss their monthly cake pop flavors or their savory
bacon donuts, sure to blow you away. Whether your child wants a
giant dragon cake, the most beautiful princess cake or a cake of
the United States, Deerfields will astonish you with their
When hosting a party at home, don't feel limited to sweets and
such; savory dishes can be just as much fun for kids to make. It's
fun to dream up culinary creations that line up with other theme
ideas. For a messy theme, work in an artsy craft, followed by
slurping long spaghetti noodles and crunching garlic-y bread. Go
Hawaiian with assembly of personal fruit salads, wearing Hawaiian
garb and making fresh leis for guests to wear.
To keep things spectacularly simple, consider selecting
"Do-it-Yourself" as your theme. There's nothing young kids like
better than running the show themselves, so choose games, like
Simon Says or Wii's Dance Revolution, that allow them to direct
their own fun. When it comes to grub, take your DIY to the next
level by letting them assemble personal pizzas, concoct the perfect
tacos, select their favorite candy mix-ins for chunky shakes or
decorate their own jumbo cupcakes. No matter how you weave
deliciously creative food prep or eating into your next party,
guests are sure to rave about it for years to come.
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