If there's one thing I've learned from motherhood, it's that my kids and their friends do not appreciate beautifully-presented nutritious food made from scratch . . . so I'm careful about how much time and energy I put into my cooking and baking for a kids' party. The food has to be yummy, but not exotic. Pretty, but not difficult to eat. Traditional, but not boring.
The key to a successful table is presenting a variety of kid-friendly finger foods, so I sat my girls down and asked them to list all the foods they would like to eat at a party. I nixed the messy stuff, like spaghetti and ice cream, and said a big NO to pop. Here's what they came up with:
fresh veggie platter with ranch dip
fresh fruit platter
shrimp platter with cocktail sauce
(chocolate cake with chocolate frosting;
carrot cake with cream cheese frosting)
(chocolate chip; peanut butter)
Bon appètit, kids. And watch the crumbs falling out of your mouths, will ya?
Dinner last night: teriyaki chicken, seasoned noodles
Exactly one year ago today: The Sisterhood of the Magical Sweater