My oldest daughter celebrated her tenth birthday this June. A decade of Callie.
Even though it’s against my nature, now that Callie is getting older we no longer throw her one big birthday party. The main reason for this is because we have a conflict of interest: she wants to invite all of her friends, and I’d rather cut off my own ears than force our beloved family members to spend a few hours surrounded by screaming tweens. Anyone with a ten year old daughter, can I get a witness?
This year she had her own, very informal, very last-minute, party just for her friends. We decided not to do a big theme, but the day before shifted thoughts and concluded that we needed some binding element to the party so settled on the theme “luau”.
The menu was simple, I’m sure the majority of parents that have thrown childrens’ parties have used something similar to it before: just find ANY damn thing that you can get these kids to eat. I considered going the all-healthy route, but since this was a parentless party I could see the girls turning up their noses to the healthy foods, skipping dinner, becoming super grumpy, then having a bad time.
What I came up with was a combination of embarrassing snacks and some dishes that I’m pretty proud of. I’m only going to be sharing with you the creative dishes that won’t get me kicked out of the Clean Foods Club.
Because it’s summer and the theme was tropical, I had a blast incorporating fresh flowers, herbs, and veggies into our meal.
Due to the simple nature of this party our decorations were sparse. We utilized the natural decorations that the yard presented us (the flowers, the tiki bar, the garden, and so on).
First, the drinks:
I know I’m not the first person to freeze stuff into ice cubes, but I never have before now and it was a pretty mind-blowing experience for me. I made a batch with fresh, pureed strawberries inside which floated across the strawberry lemonade. I also made a batch of ice cubes that contained mint, which garnished a water pitcher (flavored with a bit of honey and fresh lemons).
Then the sides:
I felt like it was important to sneak the kids some veggies, so I decided to reuse an idea I had tried to convince myself to eat more veggies.
Pesto Pasta with Borage: Recipe to come ASAP.
Rice with Summer Squash and Calendula: Recipe to come ASAP.
Then the desert:
Chocolate cupcakes made from scratch.
Not photographed was the cake, which was two pound cakes (Courtesy of RLB) layered with fresh strawberries, ice cream, and whipped cream.
Now share with me: What are your favorite recipes for birthday parties? Any healthy ideas that little ones will enjoy?