I planned all of this in the hopes of not having to buy a lot of extra stuff...most was made from my stash (and even if you don't have a stash...it wouldn't cost much to do). Decorations were simple...mainly because a game board was acting as our centerpiece...dinner was made up of some of the kid's favorites-made special (and appetizer sized...perfect for playing games at the same time). The menu included: Mini Pizzas, Almost Homemade Pretzels, Veggie Tempura with Lemon Aioli, Shake Your Own Popcorn and Chocolate Cupcakes(with a special surprise inside)
So here we go...first with the decorations...
My kids love their initials on things...especially our youngest who is 4...and happens to begin with O...he is very proud of that. So I decided to go with that. I only made two things....1. bags for the "shake your own popcorn" and 2. decorated straws for their root beer.
**I next cut 5-2.25 in. circles (a circle cutter is a great investment...mine is Martha Stewart's...it works great). I bordered each circle with little pin-point dots with a coordinating blue marker. Then cut out 5 strips of striped paper each 2 in. by 3 in.
2. Decorative Straws
**I printed out our initials, in another font...this one is "apple butter" in about 100 pt. font...on cardstock. I then cut out 1 1/8 in. circles around the letters, and cut out 5- 1 1/2 in. circles of the red paper.
**Then I cut a + into two sides of the red circle, large enough to push the straw through....think drink lid... the slid the straw through...carefully...a bendy straw is important here to get it back through the other side. I did rip a few trying to get them on, but once they were on I had no problems with them. Then I glued the initial circle on top.
***In the morning I made a batch of my dad's 7 Minute Frosting...it's light and fluffy and marshmallowy...and not too sweet...Here it is...
For the dough I used a package of pre-made pizza dough from the deli section. It works great and it is easy...makes the many steps to pretzel making a little less daunting. Trust me they are easier then the sound.
We also had mini pizzas from the same pizza dough with our favorite toppings, and tempura veggies (asparagus, green beans, and zucchini) with this Lemon Aioli recipe. I really LOVE the lemon Aioli :)