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My baby is starting Kindergarten next week. When I started blogging, he was just barely a year old and now he’ll be six next month and a kindergartner. Neither of my boys went to preschool or did any sports, so when the oldest started he was scared to be around the other kids. Knowing better now, (The oldest is the practice kid right?) some of the other moms in our neighborhood and I decided to get all of our future Kindergartners together for a big party with kid-friendly foods at our neighborhood park so they could get to know each other.
I brought everything to the party because it’s me and I love making parties big and memorable. I remember the pediatrician telling me once that little ones love to dip their food in just about anything available, so I went with that for the finger foods for the playground. We went to Walmart to pick up some organic veggies, crackers, pretzels, chips, and dips.
Kraft now has a French Onion Dip, Green Onion Dip, and even a Bacon and Cheddar Dip, so I got a variety of snacks that would taste good in everything. They’re in new decorative packaging which looked really great in the middle of the elaborate table set-up.
The Game Plan
- Place Kraft Dips with cauliflower, carrots, green peppers, pretzel sticks, chips, and crackers all placed in snack trays together to encourage the little ones to grab some color with their crunchy snacks.
- Grab a boring picnic table and glam it out with bright colors.
- Give the kids useful party favors at the end to get them excited for school.
The Snack Trays
Create a snack tray with a variety of foods and be considerate of food allergies. I had all of our snacks arranged around the dips to encourage the kids to try a little bit of each and it worked. The moms came around with their kids to load up plates with veggies and crunchy snacks with big spoonfuls of dip for them to try. Moms 1, Picky Eaters 0. They demolished the carrots.
I even caught some five and six year olds with sliced green pepper on their plate, something I never would have done at their age. I had one dip in the center of each snack tray with another on the table between them, a little closer to the edge, for kids who wanted to spoon out the dip themselves. Stacks of juice boxes in different flavors were set up nearby so the kids could pick out their favorite to go with their veggies.
Bright And Inviting Table
Dress up the table with bright colors and matching tableware. Our playground had a simple metal picnic table, but I wanted to make it more fun for the kids. We put down a bright orange tablecloth and clipped it to the table with clear clips to keep it from sliding around when the kids went past. The snack trays were the centerpiece of the food section in white trays. There were two serving tongs with the trays, but you can imagine just how much kindergartners used them. They were finger foods after all.
The silverware are paper plates were a matching orange and we picked out matching orange and white chevron napkins to tie it all together because fanciness. I think the moms appreciated the color coordination more than the kids, but it’s a party for us too right? The table was set up near a big shady tree where everyone sat in the grass in a clump talking and getting to know each other.
Functional Party Favors
Look for age-appropriate party favors that the kids can use in the upcoming school year. I took my seven year old second grader and my almost six year old kindergartner with me to pick out the party favors. We wanted the bulk of it to be things that were useful for school. We grabbed a lot of goodies with smiley face and nature motifs since there was no way of knowing how many kids would show up with what interest. We picked up pencils, a big bag of shaped erasers, mini notebooks, and some handheld puzzle games to put out in transparent orange acrylic containers at the edge of the table with favor bags.
My oldest was in charge of making sure all the kindergartners and their older siblings who came got a handful of erasers and one of each other party favor before they left and it made him feel like he was an important part of the party, even if it was for his little brother’s class.
Have you ever thought of throwing a back-to-school party for your kids? This was our first and I’m so happy we did it! Make sure to check out the recipes you can create with Kraft products for your own party. I’d love to know which ones you want to try!
Want something a little more fancy with your french onion dip? Try making a fresh french onion “Mini Pizza”.
1/2 cup pizza dough (freshly made or pre-packaged, your choice)
2 Tbsp Kraft French Onion Dip
2 Tbsp Finely Grated Carrots
1/4 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
To Create Your Pizza
Pre-heat the oven to 450. Form your pizza dough into a nice thick round. Remember that this will rise in the oven so make it about half as thick as you want your finished product to be. Cook the round until it begins turning brown around the edges, usually about 10-12 minutes. Let it cool slightly. While still warm, use the back of a spoon to spread your Kraft French Onion Dip across the entire thing. Let this cool to nearly room temperature before moving on. (You can cheat and stick it in the fridge. I won’t tell.)
Once there is a cooled, firm skin on top of the dip, spread your grated carrots across as evenly as possible. Cover the carrots with a generous amount of cheddar cheese and cut the mini “pizza” into quarters before serving.