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Imagine being asked by Nickelodeon and Walmart to create a Slime Moment with your kids to get excited for the upcoming Kids’ Choice Awards on March 28! Now also imagine that you’re a blogger who can’t do anything small. And then imagine that you live in Germany where you don’t have access to amazing stores like Walmart to buy your supplies. In my world, that’s a challenge worth accepting! You can imagine how excited I was when I was chosen as one of 5 bloggers to participate in this project with Nickelodeon and Walmart and my wheels started turning with all kinds of awesome plans, recipes and decorating ideas!
Instead of creating a slime moment for just my two kids, I invited two of my friends who have six school age children between them to join us. Three moms, one dad and eight kids make for a fun afternoon of slime!
For this Slime Party, we made slime-filled cupcakes then got messy with some easy DIY slime and finally we finished the afternoon with a goodie bag of homemade slime-filled chocolates! Loads of fun for all ages!
First, watch this video and then read below for all the details to Host a Slime Party! Enjoy!
Set the Scene!
Before the party even began, I had to Set the Scene! This was super fun to plan! Lime green everything! Here’s what I gathered for the party:
- Lime green vinyl table cover, napkins and cups – I got this at my local drug store, but you can find them at Walmart too!
- Glass milk jars – I drink a lot of those bottled coffee drinks from that one super popular coffee joint… so I saved a bunch of those jars, took off the labels and cleaned them out. Instant milk jars!
- Lime green polka dot paper straws & treat bags – I ordered these online from Sweets & Treats Boutique, but I’m certain you could find similar at Walmart!
- Cake stand – I’ve had this white cake stand for a while, but you could use a glass stand or lime green if you had one! I think it adds a fun focal point to the table and makes a display for the finished product!
You don’t have to gather everything I did, just use what you have at home! If you go to Walmart and you don’t see exactly what I found, no worries… just pick out from the selection they do have. Get your creative juices flowing!
Slime Filled Cupcakes
Filling and decorating cupcakes is fun for kids of all ages! At my Slime party, kids from ages 3 to 15 got in on the fun… Moms too! Before the party, I made a few dozen cupcakes and frosting ahead of time and prepared the slime filling.
Oh, you’ll never guess what I used for the slime filling either! LIME CURD! Seriously. I’ve seen other cupcakes before that have used frosting or gel for the slime, but I wanted something more delicious and less full of chemicals. Seriously genius if I do say so myself!
- Cupcakes & buttercream – I used this recipe and tinted the frosting green with leaf green gel coloring. Bake the cupcakes in green liners. I got these polka dot liners from Sweets & Treats Boutique, but you can find similar at Walmart.
- Lime Curd – see recipe below
- Disposable piping bags and round piping tips in both small and large sizes.
- Core the center of each cupcake and fill with lime curd.
- Fill a piping bag fitted with a large round tip with frosting. Fill another piping bag fitted with a small round tip with lime curd.
- Fill each cupcake using a spoon with lime curd. Top the cupcake with a swirl of frosting then garnish with lime curd that oozes down the side of the cupcake.
After the kids all decorated one cupcake just like this, I let them go crazy with the frosting, curd and sprinkles! They came up with some pretty creative cupcakes! I’m certain that they could have decorated cupcakes for hours if I had more frosting and cupcakes!
- 1 lb granulated sugar
- 4 eggs, lightly beaten
- 6 oz unsalted butter
- 3 large limes (or 4 smaller ones)
- Zest & squeeze the limes and set aside.
- Using a double boiler, melt the butter on medium heat.
- Add the sugar, lime juice and zest, whisking until smooth.
- Bring to a soft, slow simmer (but NOT a boil) and add eggs and whisk thoroughly. Stir constantly until thickened. Make sure not to boil or bring the heat too high, you don’t want to cook the eggs.
- Cook until the curd sticks to the back of a wooden spoon and is nice and thick (approx 10 mins).
- Transfer to an air tight container and cool in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
- Stores for up to a week in the refrigerator.
After the fun of decorating cupcakes, it was time to get messy! Since I have a young child, I wanted to make a slime that was non-toxic in case Matty wanted to put it in his mouth. So, I found a recipe for slime that included only corn starch, water and a little food coloring.
This recipe makes enough for one child to play with, double, triple or quadruple to make more! At our party, each child shared a double batch!
- 1 cup of corn starch
- 1 cup water
- 1 sealable sandwich bag
- green liquid coloring
- small bowls
- In the sealable bag, mix the corn starch, coloring and water together until it forms a paste.
- Pour the paste into a small bowl.
- Have fun! The faster you move, the harder it is to work with the slime, slower movements and the slime moves!
So you know how I said I made this non-toxic for my little one… well, he only played with the slime for about 2 minutes. Apparently, he doesn’t like getting messy. hehe
Slime Filled Chocolates
As a treat for everyone to go home with, I made slime-filled chocolates ahead of time. Don’t worry, they aren’t really filled with slime, it’s white chocolate!
- Candy molds
- Semi-sweet or dark chocolate, melted – enough to make the chocolates according to the specifications on the candy mold package.
- White chocolate ganache filling – see recipe below
- Green sugar crystals
- Fill each mold with a tablespoon of melted chocolate. Tip and turn the mold to move the chocolate around the inside of the mold being careful not to get any chocolate above the top edge. Flip the mold upside down and let any extra chocolate drip out. Place the mold in the freezer until the chocolate has set, about 5-10 minutes.
- Fill each mold with the ganache filling until just full leaving a small edge on the top. Place back in the freezer until the ganache is firm, about 20 minutes.
- Reheat chocolate if necessary then use a spoon to cover the tops of the chocolates. Press the back of the spoon on the top and pull up in the center, this will create a finished look to your chocolate. Sprinkle with green sugar crystals. Chill for at least 1 hour or until ready to serve.
- 9 oz white chocolate, finely chopped
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 tsp vanilla
- green gel food coloring
- Place the chopped chocolate in a medium glass bowl.
- In a small, heavy sauce pan heat the heavy cream until just boiling/simmering.
- Pour hot cream slowly over the white chocolate and let sit for 3 minutes without touching. With a rubber spatula, stir the ganache until all the chocolate has melted and is smooth.
- Mix in the vanilla extract and the green gel food coloring.
- Chill until set or about 2-3 hours.
Doesn’t all this look like loads of fun? I know it got me excited to tune into the Kids’ Choice Awards 2015 on Nickelodeon! Follow #KCA on Twitter for all the fun this Saturday, March 28!!