Your superstar will love this celebration idea! Perfect for older elementary school girls who love glamor and posh parties, a “Movie Star Sleepover” is the ultimate Hollywood Princess party idea. Make delicious "mocktails" and star-shaped snacks to fuel the merriment.
Here are some ideas to get the party started:
Cut 3 by 5-inch cards with rounded corners from stiff black paper. Cut out strips of black card about ½ by 5 inches. Draw on a clapperboard design and write the party details on the back of the card. Finally, attach the strip to the bottom of the larger card using a gold paper fastener. For place settings, use a VIP backstage pass with each guest’s name on it.
Starry Eyes: Budding movie stars can decorate cheap sunglasses with stars, sequins, glitter, and feathers, and the children can dress up as their favorite movie star or character.
Guess the Star: Each person secretly writes the name of a famous star or cartoon character on a sticker. Without showing your friend the sticker, place it on her forehead. She has to guess which star she is by asking questions that can be answered only with a yes or no!
Snack Recipe: Crunch Caramel Popcorn
This is the best-ever recipe for popcorn — a movie theater treat loved by everyone. If you are using microwave popcorn, try to buy the natural, unflavored type. Serve in striped bags or tubs for the full effect. Yum!
Makes 4 to 6 portions
canola oil, for greasing
½ cup popping corn or
1 package microwave popcorn (natural)
4 tablespoons butter
½ cup (packed) light brown sugar
2 tablespoons golden syrup (such as Lyle’s) or light corn syrup
pinch of salt
Preheat the oven to 300°F. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly grease with oil. Pop the corn following the package instructions. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool slightly.
Put the butter, sugar, and syrup in a saucepan with 2 tablespoons of water and the salt. Heat gently until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved, then bring to a boil. Remove the syrup from the heat.
Let the syrup cool slightly, then drizzle over the popcorn. Toss the popcorn carefully to coat with the syrup—use 2 large wooden spoons or salad servers to do this. Spread the popcorn out over the prepared baking sheet and bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove and carefully stir the popcorn, then bake for 15 minutes more, watching closely for the last 5 minutes, as the sugar can brown very quickly toward the end of the cooking time.
Remove the popcorn from the oven and let it cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a bowl and serve warm (check the temperature before serving, as the caramel coating can stay hot for a while) or let cool completely (it will crisp up as it cools).
The popcorn can be made 1 day in advance and stored overnight in an airtight container. Make sure the corn is completely cold before covering; if it is warm it will turn soggy. Also, hide the container—the popcorn is so irresistible, it may not last the night!
Annabel Karmel is the mother of three children, a bestselling author of books on nutrition and cooking for babies and toddlers, and a familiar face on British television. For recipes and more, read the Princess Party Cookbook or visit Annabel's website.
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