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Birthdayography #006: Coolest Winter & Christmas Party Ideas...
December 05, 2003

Kid Birthday Ideas That'll Blow You (and your candles) Away!

Fun-Filled Holiday Edition

December 06, 2003
Issue #006

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1. Coolest Winter & Christmas Party Ideas
2. Making a Winter Piñata
3. Edible Snowballs (AKA Sufganiot)


1. Coolest Winter & Christmas Party Ideas

The COOLEST list of Winter & Christmas party ideas is now alive and kicking. Get your scrolling finger ready, because this one's a BIGGIE!

Invitations, decorations, crafts, food ideas, favors, games, and lots of other original ideas that'll help make your kid's Winter theme birthday party or Christmas party a great success!

Here's just the “tip of the iceberg” to wet your appetite:

For an indoor decoration, make an igloo right in your living room. Build a tent (kids love tents!), cover it with a white sheet, have the kids decorate the interior with snow-related decorations. Then pour inside a large bag of packing peanuts. (If there'll be little kids, you may want to use larger Styrofoam balls instead.)

You'll also find lots of fun and easy craft ideas, such as snow-globes, ice cube painting, snow-dough people, and of course – the mother of all ice breaker activities… The ‘Original' Ice Breaker Activity. It's explained in detail on the Winter & Christmas party ideas page, but to give you a hint it has to do with breaking ice and finding a surprise ;-)

You can also get really creative with foods. Take a plain pizza for instance, and let the kids “decorate” it like a snowman with olives, salami, cheese and all sorts of other toppings. You can also use three different sized pizzas for a full-bodied snowman pizza. And how about Elf soup and reindeer droppings – it's all there.

And games, of course!

You'll find more than 25 great Winter & Christmas party games to keep the kids (and the entire family) excited and warm indoors. Snowball relay, freeze skating, blizzard, hot snowball, just to name a few.

So pop on over to the big Winter & Christmas party ideas list and have sled-loads of fun!




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2. Make Your Own Snowman Piñata

Nowadays, Piñatas come in every shape and form (just take a look…). But with a little effort and lots of family fun, you can create your own indoor Winter piñata. A snowball piñata is the easiest because you don't have to sculpt special shapes. It's all explained HERE in detail with easy step-by-step instructions. (If you're up for the challenge, you can make a snowman piñata out of three balloons!)


3. Edible Snowballs (AKA Sufganiot)

One of the all-time favorite Hanukkah foods are Jelly Doughnuts, known as Sufganiot. You can also “convert” them into a traditional Winter/Christmas food by completely smothering them in powdered sugar and calling them “Snowballs”. That was easy :-)

They're simple to make, messy to eat, and loads of fun! Here's the easiest recipe (for 25 doughnuts). It'll take about 30 minutes to prepare. You'll need:

  • 3 cups of unbleached flour (sifted)
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tbs. sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups low fat sour cream
  • Canola oil for frying
  • Jelly of your choice
  • Powdered sugar

In a bowl add the flour, baking powder, sugar, eggs and sour cream and mix until well blended. Heat the oil, and when very hot add 1 tbs. of the mixture to the oil. Fry until doughnut puff and become light brown, then flip over and cook the other side. Drain the doughnuts on a paper towel. To fill the jelly into the doughnut, use a syringe, or just poke a hole with a skewer. Sprinkle the doughnuts with powdered sugar.

These Sufganiot/Snowballs are also great for party games. For instance, pair up the kids, blindfold one and tie the other's hands. The blindfolded child gets a doughnut and has to feed her counterpart. Or, how about bobbing for doughnuts inside a bowl full of powdered sugar? (Have your camera ready!)


All the best (and coolest),

Elad the Birthday Dad

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