With four kids I have never been an over the top party theme kind of mom. We have always done a little something but nothing crazy. When they were little, up to age 10 they could invite as many friends as they were old. This worked out perfectly. Except for two or three all of their birthdays were right at home. And for those exceptions they got to invite one or two friends. I think you are getting the idea that I am a low key kind of mom. I like to keep things simple and put the focus on what it should be on – creating lasting relationships and fun memories for the kids. So our son was turning 16 and wanted to have a party with some friends. We had already had a party with our family. His birthday also falls right around the end of school, which we had a party for that too. And his one younger brother’s birthday is just a little over a week after his. So yes, simple, low key, low budget is what we needed.
I hopped on to Canva which is a free on-line creative market where you can make graphics and edit photos. They have a fun feature where you can browse designs that are already created and you just edit them. I was looking for something sleek and simple, he was turning 16 after all. As I was scrolling through the editable invites I saw this one for a Milk & Cookie party! It was totally not what I was looking for but I fell in love with it! I asked him what he thought and he loved the idea too – and so we had a theme and a super cute party theme! We brainstormed and decided to do three of the most classic cookies – sugar, oatmeal raisin and chocolate chip.
A year or so ago I found a Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe we adore on Pinterest. We believe it is the ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie and it’s just as simple to make as any other. It is chocolate chip cookie perfection as far as we are concerned. They also make a statement when you follow the recipe and make them super big, cookie perfection for a bake sale too! For the party I made them just a little smaller so all the cookies would be about the same size on the tray. We love chewy cookies here, but not doughy… so we went with these Sugar Cookies we also found on Pinterest as well as these awesome Oatmeal Raisin cookies. They were all cookie perfection to say the least! If you are looking for some simple classic cookie staples here are 3 must have recipes to add to your collection!
I wanted to have a little surprise for our son, so I grabbed some really awesome milk bottle glasses (see below to purchase) and 3 large carafes to house the different types of milk. We used regular, chocolate and strawberry milk. He is our only milk drinker in the house and I keep a pretty tight reign on their diets as far as treats are concerned so he didn’t even know strawberry milk was a thing. He cautioned me against it…guess which one I refilled 3 times? Yep the strawberry milk! We had a bit of a party scare about 2 hours before the party we had a major thunderstorm which took our power out. It was one of those super humid summer days and the house was getting hotter and hotter by the minute. Do we cancel? Do we let everyone come anyway? About 30 minutes before the party the power came back on and all was right in the world again!
We set everything up outside on our patio. I have a galvanized side table that is like a tray so we filled it with ice and the bottles of milk and glasses. It made a super cute display and the kids were all so excited over it! Seriously if you have teenagers and want to have a fun party this is one to try for sure! They loved the cookies and rated them, drank milk and played music. I didn’t even serve any other snacks, just the cookies and milk and they were all super happy! I will definitely use this theme again for sure. It was simple and fun. I think this would make a great shower, birthday for absolutely any age, congratulation party of any kind or a back to school or end of year party. I think the one big mistake we make when planning parties is we go too big, and why really? Those kids were so into the milk and cookies and the milk jug glasses they wouldn’t have cared one bit if I had strung decorations all over the back yard. I think it’s time to go back to some basics, don’t you? Happy partying!
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