PLAN A PARTY ”
for family, school or community with
/ Equipment Needed:
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup butter or
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla
- 1 egg
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose
- 1 box (4-serving size) vanilla
- 1 ¾ cups milk
- 1 can (21 oz.) cherry, strawberry, blueberry
- Optional: chopped nuts, mini-chips or cinnamon/sugar
- Large bowl
- Cookie sheet
- Cooling rack
- Knife for spreading
- Plan a special party for family members or plan a small
party for a school class or community group.
what makes a party fun for everyone who is there.
ingredients for a good party:
- Invitations sent timely
- Guests introduced.
- Fun things to do that include everyone.
- Thoughtful and flexible
- Good food and drink provided.
- Good manners.
- Fill in invitations with who, what, when and
- Plan decorations, games/activities and refreshments.
name tags and decorations.
- Prepare enough Fruitzza crusts,
pudding, toppings and beverage to serve the total number
- Learn party manners.
- Read a book (see
two suggestions) that will discuss the “what
and why” of manners. Ask what manners should be used at
- Assign a job for each family
member on the day of the party:
Greeting, providing name tags, decorating,
leading games, serving refreshments.
Makes 8 small dessert pizzas
- ½ cup
- ½ cup
(1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
- ¼ teaspoon
- 1 egg
- 1 ½ cups
- 1 box (4-serving size) vanilla instant pudding
and pie filling mix
- 1 ¾ cups
- 1 can (21 oz.) blueberry, cherry or strawberry
- Optional: Chopped nuts, mini-chips
or cinnamon/sugar mix to sprinkle
- Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, stir sugar, margarine,
vanilla and egg together; add flour and mix
to make a soft dough.
- Divide the dough into 8 parts and roll
each into a ball. Press each part into
circle on an ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until
edges are light golden brown. Cool 1 minute before
taking cookie-pizza off cookie sheet. Cool completely
on wire racks.
- While crusts
bake and cool, mix vanilla pudding and pie
filling mix with 1 ¾ cups
milk as directed on package. Spread about
2 tablespoons vanilla pudding
on each cookie-pizza. Top each
with 1 tablespoon fruit pie filling and optional
sprinkles to decorate.
Note: Crusts may be made ahead of time and frozen.
Source: Gold Medal Flour Rainbow Bakery Cookbook
for Family Fun Exploration:
- How do you help everyone to feel welcome, comfortable
and included in the party?
- What other toppings could you use for
- Arrange a variety of toppings for guests to top
- Each week practice a manner.
- Hosts and Hostesses Check List:
- Send the invitation in plenty of
time with clear directions to the party. Make
the day and date clear plus when
the party will start and end. Provide a phone number for responses
- If activities are outdoors or active,
let guests know so they dress for the plans.
- Introduce each guest or plan a game
to help everyone meet.
- Provide name tags if it
is a large group and people do not know one another.
several activities that keep people involved
and help everyone to participate.
- Have a
few extra prizes or refreshments so no
one will be left out.
- welcoming and generous to guests
- polite social behavior
for Reading Together:
The Little Red
Hen Makes a Pizza. Philemon Sturges. 1999.
Manners. Aliki Brandenberg. 1990. Greenwillow Books.
Grover ’s Guide to Good Manners. Constance Allen. 1992.
Party planning resource: www.familyfun.com
Photo Credit: AllRecipes.com