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Of all the many famous duos that we know and love — Batman and Robin, Beauty and The Beast, Mickey and Minnie, Salt and Pepper — peanut butter and jelly are unquestionably at the top of the list when it comes to food. This perfect sandwich pairing is an iconic American staple that brings smiles to the faces of kids and adults alike. In fact, Americans eat enough peanut butter in a single year to make over 10 billion peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!
So, the next time you're looking for a fun and unique party theme that everyone's sure to love, throw a Peanut Butter and Jelly party! It’s easy! Here’s how.
Invite Your Guests
Craft custom invitations – Start by spreading the word about your party with these sweet PB&J invitations that your kids can make with just a little bit of help from you. All you need is a few simple supplies:
- Beige card stock
- Slice of bread (optional)
- Brown felt or construction paper
- Red or purple construction paper or felt
- White copy paper or card stock
- Pencil or marker
- Begin by folding a piece of beige card stock in half. On it, lightly trace around the edges of a slice of bread using the bread as a stencil (or use your imagination to draw it freehand). If you are using a real slice of bread, be sure that it's aligned with the leftmost side of the paper so that when you cut it out, some of the card stock along that side that will still be connected to its other half. Also, make sure that your card stock “bread” is small enough to fit into your envelopes.
- Next, draw the peanut butter on the brown felt — a square shape is easiest. Then, draw the jam on either the red or purple construction paper — try making a splatter shape that is slightly smaller than the peanut butter shape.
- Cut out the peanut butter and the jam.
- Now it’s time to glue the peanut butter and jam onto the bread. Sparingly, put glue on the back of the peanut butter and stick it onto one of the pieces of bread. Then glue the jam onto the peanut butter.
- Write a party greeting on the front and the details of the party on the inside using small sheets of white paper. To keep it simple, just make one and photocopy the rest. Come up with something clever and catchy, like “We’re Jammin’,” “Let’s Go Nuts,” “Join us for a nut-terrific time,” or “My party will be nuttin’ without you.”
- Once the invitations are dry, slip them into your stamped and addressed envelopes and send them off to your PB&J party guests!
Create Edible Floral Centerpieces
Kids love food that's fun to eat, and these healthy peanut butter, fruit and veggie flowers fit the bill! And, it’s a project that you and your kids can do together, spending some quality time in the kitchen.
- Fill several wide-mouthed, shallow containers with peanut butter.
- Empty sour cream tubs wrapped in colorful tissue paper and ribbon work nicely as “flower pots.” The peanut butter will serve as the edible layer of “dirt” that holds the stems of the flowers in place.
- To make miniature flowers, have your child take her favorite fruits (cantaloupe and watermelon work great) and cut them using small, flower-shaped cookie cutters. Then, with a sharp knife, carefully remove a small piece of melon from the center of each flower, creating a tiny hole through which the edible stem can be inserted. Make sure the hole isn’t too big, or else the fruit will slide off the stem.
- To make the stems, cut carrot and celery into sticks. Once you place the flowers at the tip of each vegetable stick, dip the sticks into the peanut butter so that they stand on their own. Make three or four and line them up in a row, down the center of the table.
These will be so cute that your guests may not want to ruin the display, so be sure to encourage them to help themselves!
Make a Peanut Butter Trivia Tree
Use small metal or faux pine holiday trees to creatively showcase fun facts about peanuts and peanut butter. First, you and your child can do a little research at the library or on the internet to find some fun facts. Then, simply ask your child to jot down about six to ten interesting facts onto small pieces of paper, depending on how big your tree is. You can even cut the pieces of paper to look like peanuts if you like. Here are several tidbits to get you started:
- Peanuts aren’t nuts — they are actually legumes, which are related to beans.
- It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
- Dr. John Kellogg and his brother W.K. Kellogg (of the Kellogg Company, the cereal giant) patented a peanut butter process in 1895.
- November is Peanut Butter Lovers Month.
- Creamy peanut butter can remove gum from hair and clothing.
Next, make a hole at the top of the paper with a mini hole-punch, thread string through the hole and tie a knot. Now your child can hang the trivia card from the tree like an ornament. Once he's hung all of the trivia cards, he can add a little pizzazz by adding dangling peanuts in the shell. Just tie and knot a piece of string to the midsection of the peanut (one with its shell on still) and hang! It’s guaranteed to be a much loved conversation piece.
Make Peanut Snack Wagons
Nuts should be plentiful for snacking in multiple places throughout your party space, but instead of setting them out in run-of-the-mill bowls, jazz up the presentation by making peanut snack wagons built out of recycled boxes and round cracker wheels. Those rectangular boxes that many kids’ multi-vitamins and fever reducing medicines come in are perfect for this project. Just cut out one side of the box, lengthwise, leaving the other three sides intact to make an opening at the top of the wagon. Wrap the box in brown butcher paper. Using a low temperature glue gun, glue a pair of round crackers to the front and back bottom panels to create wheels. Set it down to dry for a few minutes before trying to stand it up. Once the wheels are set, fill the box with a variety of your favorite nuts and peanuts.
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