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Tired of looking for new ways to bake the same old birthday cake? Keep things simple with a milk and cookies party! Here are some fresh and fun birthday party ideas for kids, using their favorite snack time treat.
DIY milk and cookies party banner
Start off your milk and cookies party with a bang: This larger-than life banner will have the kiddies (and the adults) running straight to the dessert table. And the best part is it’s so surprisingly simple to make that your birthday boy can help you make it.
Here’s all you have to do:
- Print out this milk and cookies banner template and carefully cut out the letters.
- Glue the letters onto square pieces of cardstock or construction paper. We chose a red, white, and black theme, but your guest of honor can pick out his own favorite colors.
- Using miniature clothespins, hang each word onto a separate piece of twine, making sure the letters are spaced out evenly. You can find the clothespins and twine at any local craft store.
- Hang the banner up on the wall behind your table. Use adhesive tape so you don’t damage your wall.
- Follow this tutorial and make two beautiful tissue paper flowers that coordinate with your banner, and then attach them to the wall with adhesive tape too.
Presto: Your super-cool signage is ready. Now it’s time to start setting up.
Chalkboard party hats
The celebration doesn’t start until everyone is in full party attire, so make some fun DIY accessories that guests of all ages can wear. You can make these totally cute, totally customizable chalkboard party hats in mere minutes, but they’ll keep the kids entertained for hours. Just take some plain old paper party hats and use a foam brush to coat them with two thin layers of chalkboard paint. Once the paint has dried, your little partygoers can grab some chalk and create their own one-of-a-kind designs. Then, all you need is a damp paper towel to wipe the hats clean and start a new drawing from scratch. We doodled a cute cookie-themed message onto our hats to keep the party vibe going.
Kids just can’t have a milk and cookies party without some adorable milk mustaches. So we used some mustache candy molds and a bag of white chocolate chips to whip up some edible mustache lollipops. Making them is effortless. Just put the white chocolate in a bowl and melt it in the microwave. (Make sure you stir the chocolate every 20 seconds so it doesn’t burn.) Pour the melted chocolate into the molds and place lollipop sticks into the molds’ slots. Then, let the ’staches cool off in the fridge for a few minutes until they harden. We served ours in a pretty champagne glass and labeled it with a DIY chalkboard coaster, which was just as easy to make as the party hats.
These milk mustaches aren’t just delicious; they also make awesome photo props! Get some great shots of your little one and his party guests by setting up a fun photo booth session.
And now for the most important part of the birthday menu: the cookies! The Cheryl’s Milk and Cookies Treats Box comes packed with all the goodies you need to fill your guests’ tummies: crunchy chocolate chip cookies, layered chocolate sandwich cookies, bite-sized brownies, buttercream-frosted cutout cookies, and more. Plus, they come in an oh-so-sweet milk carton box that you can add to your tabletop décor. The milk and cookies kit comes in vanilla and chocolate varieties, so your honored guest can pick his favorite flavor.
Some ice-cold milk will help the tots wash down all those scrumptious treats, but they can have tons of fun with it too. These milk shooters are the perfect size for little hands to hold, and they’re topped with a sugary surprise. To make them, melt some milk chocolate in a bowl and then fill another bowl with colorful sprinkles. Dip the rim of each shot glass into the melted chocolate, and then dip it right into the sprinkles. Place the glasses upside-down on a cookie sheet and chill them in the refrigerator until the chocolate hardens.
When they’re ready, fill the shooters with different milk flavors, like chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. The chocolate on the rim will give the milk an extra-yummy taste, and the sprinkles will create a fun tie-dye color when it falls into the glass.
Cookies-to-go party favors
When the party’s over and your birthday boy’s guests are ready to head back home, give them a little piece of the celebration to take with them. We made these charming favor bags in a snap. Just fill a mini white candy bag with a few cookies, and then trim the edge of the bag with a border punch. Then, fold the top of the bag down about an inch.
Use a flower-shaped paper punch and cardstock to cut out a label for the bag, and then use a regular hole-puncher to punch a hole into one of the petals of the flower. With a permanent marker, write a personal message on the label.
Finally, cut a piece of twine that’s about 26 inches long and tie it vertically around the entire candy bag. When you’re tying the bow, make sure to tie the label onto the bag by sewing the twine through the label’s hole. Now you’re ready to hand out your delicious take-home snacks.