How to Plan The Pinterest-Perfect Summer Party for Your Kids

School's out and that means kids have all kinds of time for activities. Stock up on simple items at the start of the season so when it's your turn to host a play date or birthday party, you're well-prepared. Keep colorful napkins, serving bowls and utensils on hand to be sure that your party is never out of style.

Pick a theme.

It's all about the details — start with a great idea and remember to keep it running, even in your food. A great one is a zoo theme, complete with burgers dressed with halved cucumber slices for bunny ears or split hot dogs for the campfire classic spider-dog. Complete the motif with quirky stations, custom menu boards, and signs and décor that match the theme.

Add activities.

No party is complete without fun games and activities. Set up craft tables, customizable food stations, and life-sized board games to keep the kids engaged from start to finish. Let them play with their food and get creative by including a “Best Burger” competition. Provide different bun, protein and condiment options and have each guest name their personalized burger. At the end, everyone can vote for their favourite.

Don't skip the sweet stuff.

Don't forget la pièce de résistance — dessert. Try making decadent s'mores with the recipe below to ensure your guests go home with happy tummies.

Summer S'more Sandwich

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Serve: 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 D'Italiano brioche buns
  • 1 bag jumbo marshmallows
  • 2 large bars milk chocolate
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

Directions:

1. Combine sugar and cinnamon until well mixed.

2. Roast 6 marshmallows per sandwich and place on fresh brioche bun while still hot.

3. Top with 6 to 8 pieces of chocolate and lightly press chocolate into marshmallows.

4. Dust with cinnamon sugar mixture. Serve immediately.

Find more recipe inspiration online at facebook.com/150bunsofsummer.

Source: (NC) www.newscanada.com

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