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{celebrate} Party Food

 

redirect-to-mmk-party-plannerHere’s what I think:

A party is not a party unless you have lots of yummy food to eat!

And, as a bonus, yummy food can also add so much to the look of a party.

For example,

  • Top Left: my lovely sister (in-law) made these very yummy marshmallow cupcakes (another recipe from the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook) … I loved these because they look like fluffy clouds, oh and they had melted marshmallows hidden in the middle – yummo!
  • Top Right: I bought spotty fabric from Spotlight in several different colours to use as tablecloths.  I did this for Ava’s party last year too… so much nicer than those plastic tablecloths you can get for kiddies’ parties and just as cheap at $6/metre!  The lolly cups and those cute individual cupcake stands come from Shop Sweet Lulu.  Adore!  Oh, and you must check out these gorgeous paper straws… I didn’t have a great photo, but they are too cute… I want more in every colour!
  • Middle: the amazingly talented Missy of Miss Melicious made this lovely cake (don’t you just love the happy little guy climbing his way to the top!?) It was a great centrepiece to the party.
  • Bottom Left: I can remember quite clearly the jelly boats that were served at a birthday party I went to when I was about seven.  I thought they were the bee’s knees!  Using this tutorial, I picked up some scrapbook paper and jelly in various colours, and was so pleased as to how they turned out!
  • Bottom Right: A little pic of the sweets table at the party, the overall effect was quite dramatic.
So, after many years of over-catering (I blame my Samoan heritage!) I feel as though I really managed to restrain myself when creating the menu for Lola’s party.  I tried to make around double the savoury food to sweet, and also tried to make food that appeals to littlies as well as adults.

Savoury Stuff

Mmmm… so we made these devilled eggs; haymaker picnic pies (I’ll include this recipe on my next nourish post, as this is my most requested party recipe!); cheerios; sausage rolls, carrot & celery sticks; chinese honey chicken nibbles; 3 kinds of club sandwiches (salmon/egg/ham)…

And on the sweet side:

Four kinds of cupcakes (marshmallow, lemon, vanilla and chocolate), jelly boats, fairy bread and of course the birthday cake.  I also made a fruit punch, supplied chocolate milk for the littlies, and had a couple of jugs of Pimms for the adults.

So what do you think?  Do you have a favourite recipe that you use for parties and get-togethers?  How about tips and tricks for making catering for large crowds easier?  I’d love for you to share your ideas in the comments section below.

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2 Responses to “{celebrate} Party Food”

  1. March 27, 2012 at 9:35 pm, Lydia Grace said:

    Oh I love this dessert table! Dr Seuss is a great theme! (I made one for my birthday last year!)

    I definitely think you did the right thing by doubling the savoury to sweet ratio! One of my fave (more grown up) party snacks is a bagette chopped up with sundried tomatoes, ham and a dollop of cream cheese on top (I like to pipe it!) Tastes amazing!

    Love your blog!

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    • March 28, 2012 at 9:27 pm, Hana said:

      Hi Lydia! Thanks for your lovely comments – Dr Seuss is a fun theme to plan around!! The baguette sounds yummy – I’ll have to give it a go sometime soon.

      H xo

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