A couple weeks ago my crazy-adorable nieces and nephew were in town for a visit, and my oldest niece Nora had her first sleepover at our house. We live in an abode that was built in 1902 (and all the squeaks and creaks that come with that ... not to mention her room was on the third floor!), and I was worried about it feeling intimidating to her tiny self (probably an unnecessary worry, but this was our first sleepover, too!).
So, being the planner that I am, I lined up some activities of things she loves: arts and crafts, cooking and anything involving a princess created by a certain company based in Florida. As for the cooking, my first thought was to do cookies or cupcakes, but they were feeling a bit uninspiring — and the length of the process (mixing to baking to getting to the fun part, decorating and eating) seemed like it could be a bit long for such a youngster's attention span.
Enter a quick, easy and colorful idea: Unicorn Bark!
It's as simple as an almond bark baking bar, food coloring and your choice of edible decoration. Nora loved getting to tint the bark different colors, and then had me swirl them together before she unloaded almost a whole jar of pink sprinkles, lol.
Start to finish it took about 10-15 minutes, then about an hour of setting time in the refrigerator. So by the time we did our coloring and painting games in the dining room, the bark was ready for a *small* snack (cuz Lord knows this had a lot of sugar), jammies and a showing of "Moana." And yes ... I did cry ... twice. :-)