Throw a kids party without breaking the bank

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  • Throwing a kids’ party needn’t be as expensive as you think. If you use Tesco Everyday Value food and ingredients you can cater for up to 12 kids for as little as £1.10 each! We’ve also given you the option of buying or making the birthday cake so you can be as creative as you like.

    Basics


    Tesco Value Forks 25pk, £0.45

    Tesco Value Spoons 25pk, £0.45
    
Tesco Value Knives 25pk, £0.45

    Tesco Value 50pk paper plates, £1

    Tesco Value Plastic Cups 25pk, £0.59
    
Tesco Value Napkins 33Cm 100pk, £0.48 Tesco Red Tablecover, £1.97 (also a choice of white or cream)
    
Total cost: £5.39

    Food

    Snacks
    Everyday Value 12 Mini Savoury Eggs 240g, £0.83
    
Everyday Value 8 Pack Sausage Rolls 432G, £1.12 x 2 = £2.24
    
Everyday Value Variety Crisps 12pk, £0.68 Everyday Value 4 Cheese and Tomato Pizza 600g, £1.95
    Total: £5.70

    Dips
    Everyday Value 6 White Pitta Bread, £0.20 x 2 = £0.40 Everyday Value carrots, cut into batons, £0.92 Everyday Value Peppers 500g, cut into batons, £1.18 Everyday Value Multipack Dips, £0.98 Tesco Houmous, 211g, £1
    Total: £4.48

    Desserts
    Everyday Value Chocolate Flavour Mini Rolls 6pk, £0.40 x 2 = £0.80
    Total: £0.80

    Drinks

    Individual cartons:
    Everyday Value Apple Juice 3 x 200ml, £0.45 x 2 = £0.90 Everyday Value Orange Juice 3 x 200ml, £0.45 x 2 = £0.90
    Total: £1.80

    OR
    Everyday Value Double Strength Orange Squash 750ml, £0.29 Everyday Value Double Strength Lemon Squash 750ml, £0.29
    Total: £0.58

    And the most important thing for a party – cake!
    Tesco Party Happy Birthday Candles, £1.07
    Buy a cake: Tesco Everyday Value Raspberry Flavoured Sponge Cake, £0.58.

    Total cost of food with cartons of drink plus bought cake and candles: £14.43 Total cost of food with squash plus bought cake and candles: £13.21

    Or make your own Victoria sponge or cupcakes – recipes below.

    Victoria sponge cake

    Ingredients
    125g (4oz) Everyday Value Self-Raising Flour, £0.50 for 1.5kg
    125g (4oz) Everyday Value butter, £1.19 for 250g
    125g (4oz) caster sugar, £0.69 for 500g
    2 medium Everyday Value eggs – box of 6, £0.85
    2tbsp Tesco Whole Milk, £0.49 for 1 pint

    For the filling:
    4-6 tbsp Everyday Value Strawberry Jam, 454g, £0.35
    142ml Tesco Fresh Double Cream 300ml, £0.95 (lightly whipped)
    For the icing:
    225g icing sugar, £1.26 for 1kg 2-3tbsp warm water
    Total: £6.28

    You will also need:
    2 x 18cm (7in) sandwich tins, buttered, with the base lined and floured

    Optional
    Silver Spoon Cakecraft Writing Icing 95g, £2.34
    Tesco Party Happy Birthday Candles, £1.07

    Method:

    • Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F, gas mark 4).
    • Beat all the ingredients together until smooth.
    • Spoon the mixture evenly into the 2 sandwich tins and level the surface with a clean knife.
    • Place the cakes in the centre of the oven to bake for 20 to 25 minutes. You’ll know they’re ready when they spring back when pressed lightly in the centre.
    • Leave the cakes on a surface until cool.
    • Spread the jam on the base of one cake and the whipped cream over the base of the other one. Sandwich together.
    • Mix together the icing sugar with the warm water until the icing is fairly stiff. Smooth over the top of the cake and decorate!

    Cupcakes


    Makes: 12
    Ingredients:
    
100g Everyday Value Self-Raising Flour, £0.50 for 1.5kg

    1tsp Tesco Baking Powder, £0.99 for 170g
    
100g Everyday Value butter, £1.19 for 250g

    100g caster sugar, £0.69 for 500g
    
2 Everyday Value eggs, lightly beaten – Box of 6, £0.85
    
225g icing sugar, £1.26 for 1kg

    2-3tbsp warm water

    Total: £5.48
    Sprinkles and sweets to decorate

    Method:

    • 
Pre-heat oven to 180° (355F, gas mark 4). 

    • Put paper cases in a 12-cup bun tin.
Sift together the self-raising flour and baking powder into a mixing bowl.

    • Mix in the butter, sugar and eggs.
    • 
Beat with an electric whisk until well mixed.
    • Add a little milk if the mixture is too stiff.

    • Spoon the mixture into the cake cases, filling each one half full
.
    • Place in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until risen and just firm. Allow to cool completely.
    • 
Mix together the icing sugar with the warm water until the icing is fairly stiff.
    • When the cakes are cool, spoon over the top of each cake and decorate with sweets!

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