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It's always slightly more challenging hosting a birthday party at a venue - set up time is really non existent, and while the kids are playing you find yourself rushing to clean everything back up. There are a few upsides though - it is short and sweet, meaning you don't have to entertain people for a long period of time at your house, plus you don't have to clean your entire house either. ;)
Cookies are always a favorite treat with the kids (and adults!). In fact, I kept the snacks really simple this time since the party time was 2-4 pm and the kids were swimming for an hour of that time. We had mini peanut butter and jam sandwiches, potato chips, apples with caramel dip, squeezable yogurts and veggies with ranch. Everything was kid-friendly!
The cookies were super delicious, very easy to make, and just one more way to #EatMoreBites.
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup softened butter
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups chopped TWIX® Bites
In a large bowl mix sugar and cream until blended. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Mix in the flour and baking soda, then add chopped TWIX®. Roll dough and wrap in cling wrap and refrigerate until firm - about an hour. Slice the cookies approx. 1/4" thick and place on a cookie sheet. Bake the cookies at 375 degrees for approximately 12 minutes or until golden brown. Let the cookies cool for 1 minute on the sheet and then transfer to a wire rack.
I've also begun pre-scooping ice cream prior to when the party starts. It saves time and you can jazz it up a bit with other treats like the TWIX Bites I used. I chopped them up and mixed them in two scoops of old fashioned vanilla ice cream for our guests.
So I attempted to make a pirate ship. It's not perfect - I got frustrated, but it kind of resembles a pirate...something. I think by the look in this boy's face it proves it's worth the effort.
All in all we had a fun little party that Noah won't be forgetting about anytime soon. After our feast on treats he opened his presents while his friends patiently waited and then they were all off to swim for an hour! We had our party on a Sunday, and the Aquatic center is normally closed with the exception of party rentals, so we had both pools to ourselves - the kids loved it!
Thanks #CollectiveBias for helping make this pirate party even more memorable!