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Birthday Parties For Children





2 cups peeled and shredded potatoes
1 tablespoon onion, grated
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup vegetable oil

Drain as much liquid as possible from the potatoes, squeezing them between paper towels.

Mix potatoes, onions, eggs, salt and flour in a bowl.

In a heavy skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Drop large spoonfuls of the potato mixture into the oil, pressing down to form patties (1/2" thick or less).

Brown on each side then drain on paper towels.

Serve warm, topped with applesauce.





8 ounces butter
2 cups flour
2 cups cottage cheese
1/3 cup raisins
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons sugar


Mix butter, collage cheese and flour to make a dough. Roll dough into a 1/4" thick circle and cut it into triangles. Sprinkle one side of each triangle with the raisins and about 1/2 of the cinnamon and sugar. Roll that end toward the pointed end of the triangle to make crescents. Sprinkle each crescent with sugar and cinnamon, and place on a baking sheet.

Bake for 12 minutes at 375 degrees and then cool.


Juice, Milk, Lemonade, Punch




Decorate with Hanuhhak-theme products from your local party store, or buy a blue or white tablecloth, and blue and white paper products, balloons and streamers. For an extra festive touch, hang inexpensive strings of blue and/or white holiday lights.


Bags of gelt, dreidels, dreidel cookies, crayons or colored pencils


Hanukkah Party



1. Dreidel Cookies. Make sugar cookies in advance, but into dreidel shaped. Provide blue and white icing and sugary decorations. Near the end of the party, collect each child's cookies into plastic bags and add to their treat bags.

2. Hanukkah Coloring Pages, for younger children. These are very easy to find online.

3. Star of David*, for older children.


1. Red Rover

2. Relay Races using gold coins


1. Gelt Hunt (can also be played indoors).

2. Snow Ball Tag. Tag someone by hitting him or her with a snowball.
Rules: not hitting on the head, no icy snowballs.

3. Skating, sliding, making snowmen and snow forts.


Each child will need 6 wood craft sticks (Popsicle sticks or tongue depressors), acrylic paint or washable paint, paint brush, glue, ribbons.

Place a disposable tablecloth or newspaper on the table. Have each child paint their six sticks with the colors of their choice. The paint will dry quickly. Apply a few small drops of glue and glue the ends of three sticks together to make a triangle. Repeat with the other three sticks. Once each child's two triangles are assembled, have them glue them together, one triangle pointing up and one pointing down, the form a Star of David. Decorate with glitter. Attach a ribbon to hang from a window or a door.

Star of David



Text © Jean Marzollo 1983-2016, Illustrations © Irene Trivas 1983-2016

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