Chocolate covered pretzels and marshmallows are always a big hit. By using different colors and toppings, these made a great take-home treat for my son’s birthday party! Not to mention that it was so much cheaper than buying party favor toys (which never seem to work or break easily) or having the bags of candy made at the bakery. Even buying just one chocolate covered pretzel stick at the grocery store is $1. Each goodie bag cost less than $0.40! Get creative with the colors and toppings and these can be delicious treats for birthdays, showers, or holiday parties!
So easy to make. Just melt the chocolate in the microwave, half power, in 30 second increments. Make sure you stir it between each 30 second heating stint to keep it melting equally throughout. If you don’t stir it each 30 seconds, it may get too hot on the edges and not be melted at all in the middle. You could also use a double boiler if you have one, but if you don’t, no worries… the microwave works just fine!
Once your chocolate is melted, dip your pretzels or marshmallows in the chocolate, let the excess drip off. Place on wax paper. Sprinkle with any decorative topping you want: sprinkles, chopped nuts, crushed candy… You can also use a contrasting color of chocolate to drizzle across the top. Just dip a fork into the chocolate and gently move it back and forth over the top. So many ways to decorate!
Instead of making cookies for your child’s next birthday party or school party, add a fun twist with cookie pops.
All you have to do is:
- make your favorite sugar cookie recipe
- roll dough into 1 inch balls
- insert a new popsicle stick (or cookie stick) in middle of ball
- flatten slightly when you place on baking sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 10 minutes. Let sit on baking sheet for 1 minute before removing (otherwise the cookie will lose shape and the stick may fall out).
Let cool, frost, and decorate as desired.
I made these for my son’s birthday treat at school and the kids loved them… what a fun way to make a regular cookie new and exciting! It’s a pretty good deal when you consider this fun, homemade treat can be made for less than $0.10 each! Very money savvy!
* Baking Tip: Soak popsicle stick or cookie stick in water before baking. This will keep the stick from discoloring or burning.
Cupcakes make for a fun and festive kid birthday party… and they will save you a lot of money too! I made 24 cupcakes for less than $5. To buy a cake (or decorated cupcakes) for that many people would cost around $20. Use food coloring in white frosting to make several different colors and decorate with any sprinkles you like for cupcakes that match any birthday party theme!
I love to buy decorations to match the birthday party theme, but that can get expensive. A pack of 8 count charachter plates is usually around $2. I can get a pack of 60 solid color red plates, which will compliment the theme, for about $3. By mixing the the red plates, every-other-one, it becomes part of the theme, and saves money! Do the same with napkins to save even more.
Curious George Theme
When having a party in a smaller space or at home, it is a lot of fun to hang decorations from the ceiling. Instead of paying to have helium balloons floating near the ceiling, I use ribbon to hand balloon and theme decorations. The balloons are only a few cents each, while the theme ceiling decorations are nearly $1 each. Adding in the balloons gives nice color, makes the room festive, and again, saves money!
Decorative, fun parties don’t have to break the bank. Happy, savvy birthday party planning!