If there’s one thing that’s definitely going to happen over the next few weeks, it’s holiday parties. While these events are excellent opportunities for parents to mingle and share a laugh, it can be tough to find a babysitter. In many cases, especially when you’re hosting, these parties will include children!
But how can you make sure the kids are entertained and you get your much deserved break from supervising? That’s what we’re here to find out. Below, you’ll find a few excellent ways to entertain the kids while you socialize with your guests.
Give them a sweet treat to eat like this Weight Watchers Angel Food Cake Trifle Recipe
Weight Watchers Angel Food Cake Trifle Recipe Ingredients:
Angel Food Cake – I used store bought
Sugar-Free Cool Whip – 8oz tub
2 cups strawberries – I used frozen but fresh are better!
Directions Weight Watchers Angel Food Cake Trifle Recipe
This is almost too easy to be considered a recipe! Layer the angel food cake, cool whip, and strawberries in a trifle dish (mine was a 6.7 quart I believe and it was barely full – some of the middle was just cool whip so maye use a smaller one).
It’s best to make this dish right before serving it. If you aren’t going to do it that way, leave the top layer of cool whip off so you can add it right before serving. It’ll look better that way!
I love strawberries! Fresh ones are always best to use if you’re serving the trifle right away. If it’s going to sit for any amount of time, the strawberries will get a little soggy anyway and then it doesn’t matter if you used frozen or fresh. Frozen are usually cheaper in my experience, unless strawberries are in season.
If you divide the entire recipe into 12, it’ll be 4 points each. Estimating about ¾ cup (maybe a little more) per serving.
Mini Gingerbread House Decorating
This one might require just a little bit of supervision during the frosting stage, but what child doesn’t want a mini gingerbread house they can decorate and eat all on their own? You can even purchase pre-cut mini gingerbread house pieces. Here are a few other things you might need along the way:
- Royal icing
- Gumdrop candies
- Mini candycanes
- Festive sprinkles
- Chocolate candies
- Gummy bears
If you’re feeling really festive, you can even allow the kids to set their gingerbread houses atop small snowy hills of vanilla ice cream. June may be the month in which most ice cream is produced, but there’s nothing quite like a quaint gingerbread ice cream scene to really up the fun at a holiday party. And if the children don’t want to eat their candy houses on the spot, having plastic baggies ready to take home is always a good idea.
Festive Scavenger Hunt
And last but not least There’s nothing quite like a good scavenger hunt to keep kids entertained the whole night through! This event is an easy way to make sure everyone is occupied for a decent period of time, but it can take a little while to set up. Below, you’ll find a quick, step-by-step guide to help you set up the most festive holiday scavenger hunt ever.
- Find a few festive items you want to include in your scavenger hunt.
- Write clues or riddles describing each object.
- Place your objects around the house. They should be in locations that aren’t too obvious, but aren’t impossible to find!
- Hand every child a list when they enter.
- Divide the attending children into teams. Whichever team finds all of the objects first wins!
- Put together small doggy bags for each team. The first place winner might get an extra surprise in their bag.
- Let the games begin!
If you’re stuck on clues, there’s no need to worry. They don’t all have to be difficult puzzles! For instance, if you’ve hidden a chili pepper in your home, your clue might include the fact that Americans consume almost four billion tacos annually. If you have fun creating the clues and setting everything up, there’s no doubt the kids will too.
Almost 18 million events are organized annually in the U.S., but not every party planner knows how to keep the kids entertained. If you can master that skill, you’ll be in a league all your own! Try out one (or both!) of these party activities and see just how great a kids’ party curator you can be.