Party Food Workshop

A Leicestershire Primary school decided to do something a bit different this year to celebrate the end of term. Rather than the parents providing party food the pupils would be involved in preparing their own festive feast. Not only would it be a great opportunity for them to work in teams and with children they don’t usually engage with but also practice fine motor skills (e.g. spreading, cutting, pressing) and learn about catering. We also involved food safety, maths and science. During the morning the three groups made:

  • snowmen cakes – simple fairy cakes decorated with glace icing, marshmallow for the head, strawberry lace for scarf and black glace icing dotted on with cocktail sticks for the eyes and mouth
  • vegetable pots – tomatoes cut into quarters and cucumber cut into festive shapes using small biscuit cutters.
  • festive sandwiches – made with both brown and white bread and either ham or cheese filling. The children then used Christmas biscuit cutters to cut the sandwiches into various shapes.

For a few of the pupils it was the first time trying some of the foods we used. Because they had been involved in making the food they took proud ownership and were more likely to try unfamiliar foods.

It’s fair to say everyone seemed to enjoy the day and the children ate their creations in the afternoon in between various party games during their class parties. A big thanks to the staff and parent helpers who made the workshop so successful.

I provided everything from the food to the equipment and aprons. Do you know a school that would like to do a similar workshop? If so email me at

About Julie @ Apple & Thyme

A Derbyshire/Staffordshire based business that provides creative food education with the aim of making good food and cookery skills accessible for all.

Posted on January 5, 2012, in children, News, Service. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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