Welcome to my Fire Fighter Birthday Party blog series. My son, recently celebrated his 3rd birthday and I’m sharing all the fun details with you!
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In part 1, I showed you how to make a cardboard firetruck for pretend play. In part 2, I shared our hands-on firefighting play centers. In part 3, I showed you our fiery arts and crafts activities. Today, I’m sharing how we made our fun Firefighter Cookies and Cupcakes as well as some fun favour ideas!
“Today me will live in the moment… unless it’s unpleasant in which case me will eat a cookie!” ~Cookie Monster
There’s something about making cookies for a special occasion that I just love. I may have spent way too much time on these adorable Firefighter cookies but it was all worth it for the look on my son’s face when he saw them!
The best part? Onetime helped me design them! When I asked what shaped cookies he wanted, he came up with the fire extinguisher and hose ideas! We also looked up pictures on google images to create our badges.
I used the Sugar Cookie recipe from The All New Purity Cookbook. It’s a family favourite for an iced cookie and works well for Belgian cookies as well.
I made a royal icing from the Joy of Cooking and made yellow, white, black and red icings using Wilton Icing Colors, Set of 12.
To make the badges, I cut out circles of dough and then pinched the dough at four corners (top left). The hose (left middle) was also a circle with a small piece added that had been cut out with a knife. I cut the fire extinguishers (left) out with a knife by hand.
To begin icing, I outlined the badges with white and the fire extinguishers with red. I also drew on the lines of the hoses. I used an icing bag with a #3 decorating nib.
After letting the outlines harden, I flooded the inside sections using a #12 nib with red for the badges and extinguishers, and added yellow to the hoses. If you haven’t done this before, check out this YouTube video tutorial.
Last, I used the black and white for writing words and adding the hose on the extinguisher. Ta da!
Onetime also had fun icing his own badge!
These fiery cupcakes turned out looking way better than I thought they would and they were really easy to make!
To start, I baked 24 vanilla cupcakes using a store-bought cupcake mix. We found our black cupcake liners at the Bulk Barn.
I whipped up a batch of Martha Stewart’s buttercream icing recipe found here, except I substituted almond extract for vanilla extract. Yum!!!
I separated the icing into 3 bowls and coloured them red, orange and yellow using the Wilton Food Colors mentioned above. Then I alternately spooned a couple tablespoons of each colour into the icing bag until it was full. It looked all mixed up in the bag, but came out looking very “flamey!” Perfect!
To get the height on the cupcakes, I used little blobs of icing to “glue” a large strawberry on to the top of each cupcake. To make the berries sit nicely, I sliced the tops flat off.
Then, using a #1M Wilton nib, I circled the strawberry starting at the bottom, and worked my way up to the top. It was really easy to do this and they looked terrific!
To make the ladders, I used plain white fondant and molded it with my hands (yes this was time consuming – but aren’t they cute?)
The birthday boy got a special cupcake without a strawberry (Don’t feel bad for him, they make him break out in hives!) and a special fire hydrant candle I found at Bulk Barn. You can get the same set from Amazon here: Firefighting Candle Sets.
FireFighter Party Favours
For favours, the kids got to take home the fire chief hats, hoses and badges that they played with at the party.
You can get the same hats at Amazon here: Firefighter Chief Hat Plastic Child (Set of 12). The hoses were just balloon pumps I found at the dollar store. I ordered the badges online from a Canadian company called Open a Party. Outside of Canada, you can get them at Amazon here: Fire Fighter Badges : package of 4.
How to Nest For Less has these awesome (and free!) firefighter birthday party printables including an adorable junior fire chief certificate, labels for food and favours, and even a printable banner! I used their labels for our favour bags.
Inside each bag, there was a red crazy straw (hose), a firefighter notepad and sparkly red pencil for writing reports, a whistle for emergencies, a small toy firetruck, a fire extinguisher spray bottle (from Open a Party), and a few other red/orange/yellow goodies. I also included some candy and red licorice “hoses!”
I also had bags for kids to take home their cookies if they didn’t want to eat them at the party.
And that’s it for our Firefighter Party Treats and Favors post! I hope you enjoyed following along with our 4-part Firefighter Birthday Party series. I’d love to hear your thoughts or answer any questions. Leave a comment below!
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