Budding chefs are sure to appreciate this birthday bake-off. Choose simple foods that are easy to prepare -- and quick to cook.
Supply everyone with her own cookie cutter in advance with this adorable invitation.
Cut craft paper into 3"x5" rectangle. Create "Admit One" tag using rubber stamp. Decorate blank space with a circus-themed image, such as a big top. Trim edges of tag using "Stamp" paper edger. Write invitation information on back of tag, punch hole in one end, and tie around animal cookie cutter with ribbon. Mail in a colored padded envelope or a small gift box filled with crinkle wrap. Ask the post office to hand-cancel.
Admit One rubber stamp ($10), from Plaid; call 800-842-4197 for information.
Purchase ready-made pizza crusts and let the kids decorate them with grated cheese, tomatoes, veggie slices, and pepperoni.
Set up fun science experiments and serve ice cream sodas that fizz by mixing green sherbet ice cream with ginger ale.
Copyright© 2004. Reprinted with permission from the April 2002 issue of Parents magazine.