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Elf Hat Brownie Bites Upstage Birthday Cake at Elf on the Shelf Party

Kids Party IdeasDon’t think you have to slave for hours in the kitchen to bake up something delicious. These Elf Hat Brownie Bites—made at the last minute—nearly upstaged the birthday cake.

Depending on your perspective, it’s either too late—or too early—to be talking Elf on the Shelf.

But not when you’re turning 5 and not when you were (and still) so enamored with the arrival of Santa’s little helper prior to Christmas.

Each time my niece was asked what kind of birthday party she wanted, without hesitation she replied, “Elf on the Shelf.”

At first, we chalked it up to the newness of the elf not wearing off, but even as it got closer it got to the big day, she never wavered.

After years of being spoiled by her typical Disney princess party requests—and the plethora of decoration options—she threw us a bit of a curveball. But it actually came together more easily than expected with a little creative thinking.

The decorations were easy. Red tablecloths, napkins, cups, etc., were plentiful thanks to Valentine’s Day. A tabletop tree was easily found among the Christmas décor. Even the guest of honor—aside from the birthday girl—the Elf on the Shelf made a magical appearance.

Kids Birthday IdeasThe cake, made with Wilton’s book-shaped pan, was inspired by the Elf on the Shelf storybook. The birthday message was written on one side, while the Elf graced the opposite page.

Peppermints in the page corners added a holiday feel, and the Twizzler bookmark gave it a whimsical touch.

Though much more time was spent baking and decorating the cake, the Elf Hat Brownie Bites were the talk of the party.

Thanks to Pinterest (what else?) I got the idea from a recipe that was a little more involved, but the end result was very similar.

Simply bake a brownie mix using a mini cupcake pan. Cool and remove from pan. Add a swirl of buttercream frosting, and garnish with a strawberry with the top sliced off.

Extremely easy and delicious! Not to mention the perfect complement to an Elf on the Shelf birthday party.