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Baby's first birthday party

egbluesuede | | Aug 16, 2007 07:42 AM

My little lady bug is turning one...
I need food suggestions that are fun
Garden party is the theme,
polka dots and things that are green.

OK....so the poem sucks, but I'm trying to be creative with my daughters first birthday party.
Family and friends, adults and kids, afternoon around lunch time. I'd like to have everything made in advance and out for munching, so prep will take place mostly the night before. Adults will be there, so I want to put out food that taste good, but I want things to look cute for the kids and be something they can eat too.

I'm thinking butterflies, lady bugs, grasshoppers.....anything cute and garden related.
So far my appetizer ideas are:

1. Grasshopper dip - Green bell pepper sliced in half and carved out. Two bug eyes made from black olives, and long green legs made from chives. The body gets filled with a dip for veggie snacks.

2. Ladybug crackers - Round ritz crackers with a cream cheese based spread on them. A half of a cherry tomato cut side down sits on the cracker forming the body of a ladybug. A little back food coloring in the cream cheese to make the polka dots on the back, and a small black olive for the lady bug head.

3. Bug cakes - Mini cupcakes decorated like bugs. Red lady bugs, green bugs, etc.....bright colors. Big sheet cake to cut into and decorate, but covered with bug cakes.

4. chocolate flies - Little hersey kisses softened in the oven, and then two mini pretzles stuck into the chocolate to make winds. I'll probably have to prop them up a little until the chocolate hardens again, but sounded like a cool snack idea.

Any other ideas, especially for a main course???
Any suggesions for the party? This occasion will only happen once....so I'm counting on some good Chowhound help to make my daughter squeal with delight!

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