I have been bugging Crystal for days to post something to our blog about her fabulous daughter Rose!! After much pestering by me and others, Crystal applied for Rose to try out for my all time favorite Food Network show Chopped. Chopped has a version of the show called Chopped Junior and since Rose is 11 that is the one she went for. Let me tell you this girl is meant to be on TV and is a fabulous chef. Crystal and her family threw an amazing Chopped Junior themed viewing party for the night the show aired on National Television!! I want to mention that trying out is only the first step, obviously getting selected to be on the show is huge. Crystal and I talk on the way to work almost everyday, and she would tell me all of the cooking Rose was doing on the weekends. Now that the secret is out of the bag, I know that the whole family was helping her practice for this amazing adventure. Be sure to check out Rose’s blog to continue seeing her cooking adventures. If for some reason you missed her episode when it aired on Feb 14, it will air on Food Network this Sunday at 4:00. The episode is called Rise and Cook!~Kerry
Thank you for the introduction Kerry! So, as Kerry mentioned we had a Chopped Junior themed party. The party took on a combined slight “red-carpet” theme since it was a viewing party to watch her episode on TV for the first time. We had so much fun planning for the party and I think everything went very well!
For the party favors we made “chopped” baskets. We found them at the At Home store for $2.99 each. My husband spray painted them yellow to look like the Chopped Junior baskets. The baskets on the show have cabinet like doors on top which of course I was not going to try to duplicate. We just used yellow poster board and drew cabinet doors on top. I think it worked out pretty cute!
We filled each basket with four random ingredients so it would be like the show! It was kinda fun going thru the grocery store finding random things! I didn’t bother with perishable items because I just didn’t have the energy to do a last-minute trip to the store!
Rose had so much fun deciding which ingredients should be combined! My Aunt sent us pictures of the dish that she prepared using her basket ingredients!
She added cilantro, salt & pepper to the Vienna sausage & browned in olive oil. She then did the same with the drained carrots. She cooked the grits but added bacon. Then she mixed everything together, sprinkled cheese on top & placed in the oven until the cheese was melted! Cheese and grits casserole!
For the gelatin, she cooked a bag of popcorn and added the gelatin on top! Yummy! Thank you Aunt Trisha for having fun with the challenge and for coming to the viewing party!
We used the yellow baskets as party decorations until we handed them out!
I purchased the red carpet at Party City. It’s only $19.99 for a 40′ roll. I put red carpet up the front porch to the front door then down the foyer and in front of the photo area.
The red carpet held up pretty well considering how much foot traffic there was. I used packing tape to secure it to the floor. It looks bad in this picture but it was not that noticeable in person. The black containers on each side of the red carpet were also purchased at Party City. We used them to hold LED lights so the light was projected upwards kinda like a movie theatre. Again, I took this picture before dark so it doesn’t actually show the true effect. I purchased the led lights from Harbor Freight for $3.33 each. (they come in a pack of three for $9.99) They have been handy to have around the house after the party. They are just pushed on / off so I will place them places where I might need a light or put one in my car for emergencies.
For the photo backdrop I ordered a white vinyl backdrop from Amazon for only $25.99. I also ordered 8.5″ x 11″ printable sticker paper from Amazon for $12.95. I used an inkjet printer and printed the three logos I wanted on the paper. I printed 10 of each logo which was plenty. I didn’t end up sticking them on in a pattern. I just placed them on there how they looked good. To keep the rows even I used painters tape to tape the white vinyl down to my wood floors. I used the line between planks as a guide and the tape kept it in place while I worked. I was able to see through the vinyl well enough to continue to use the lines as a guide as I placed the logos. I think the backdrop turned out great. It was one of my favorite things from the party! I priced the backdrop to have it printed and it was $300 so I think this was a great solution for around $40.00! The backdrop can be reused easily. You could use the back or peel these logos off and use others!
I got the cutest photo props from Etsy. I purchased the cooking photobooth party props from The Quirky Quail for $6.33! There are so many props in the set! I also ordered Chef photo props from Happy Fiesta Design for $8.70! Both Etsy shops were great to work with and sent the PDF file right away! I printed both sets on card stock with an inkjet printer. We hot glued wooden skewers to the back and they worked perfectly!
One of the sets came with this cute sign telling guests to grab a prop and have their picture made! I purchased a cheap frame and used a piece of the red carpet as a mat in the frame and placed it near the glass jar that I had the props in.
My mom’s friends sent the cutest card and gift basket so at the last minute I used them both as decorations!
I also rented red velvet ropes from the local party rental store. The ropes were $6.00 to rent and the poles were $8.00. I used one set to block off the stairs leading to the kids rooms for two reasons! I didn’t want to clean upstairs and I put our cats and their belongings in Rose’s room so they wouldn’t freak out with all the people attending and I didn’t want someone to go upstairs and let the cats out not knowing.
I had family photos hanging on this wire but they didn’t blend with the party so I unclipped those and used Rose’s favorite recipes as decorations instead. Recipe cards could be used in all sorts of different ways for a food themed party. Actually, they would make great thank you cards. Why didn’t I think of that sooner??
The cakes were a huge hit! I loved them so much. My Mom’s friend made them and I think they are perfection. They not only looked good but they tasted great!
We kept the tableware pretty simple. Rose insisted on champagne glasses which were also purchased from Party City. We used clear plates to keep everything neutral.
A chopped themed party can be customized a ton of different ways! You can’t go wrong with a food themed party!
We had so much fun! It was awesome having everyone around to watch Rose on the show!!