Posted March 30, 2012on:
So I know this isn’t a bento post, but it’s still cute food so I guess I can pass it off. Last weekend we threw a Pinkalicious birthday party at the community swimming pool for our 4 year old.. As one of my neighbors said, I “went bento” on the fruit. It was a fun party once it started, but my note to self is that I shouldn’t have taken most of the preparation on by myself. I thought the project was manageable until I found myself cutting fruit hearts at 1:30 am the night before the party, and then I realized I must be crazy to think I could do it all alone. Of course, I owe some credit to the idea which I found on Pinterest.
and a great watermelon on a stick idea from my blogger friend Keeley McGuire Blog
Here’s what I came up with:
HEART SHAPED MELON SKEWERS (HONEYDEW, CANTALOPE AND WATERMELON)
MORE SKEWERS OF HONEYDEW & STRAWBERRIES
AND WATERMELON HEARTS ON POPSICLE STICKS. IDEA COURTESY OF KEELEY MCGUIRE BLOG. THANKS AGAIN, KEELEY! THE WATERMELON DIDN’T STAY ON THE SMALL WOODEN SKEWERS AS WELL AS I HAD HOPED SO I REMEMBERED HER POPSICLE STICK IDEA & VOILA! PROBLEM SOLVED.
MY FRIEND LIGA AT LIGA’S SWEET CREATIONS MADE THE PINKALICIOUS CUPCAKES FROM SCRATCH & HAND DECORATED THEM ALL. SHE EVEN MADE FONDANT CHERRIES SINCE I DIDN’T WANT ALL THE FOOD DYE FROM THE MARACHINO CHERRIES. SHE USED ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS AND FOOD BASED, NATURAL FOOD DYES. SHE IS AMAZING. THE CUPCAKES WERE THE ONLY THING THAT WEREN’T VEGAN, BUT THEY WERE INCREDIBLE!
I was determined to keep the party as healthy as possible but still fun for the kids. I had 3 trays of skewers and about 20 kids there. There were only 7 skewers left at the end of the party! I was so glad I spent all that time cutting those hearts when I knew my friends’ kids were all going home not filled with junk. There was also a basket of clementine oranges and pretzels with hummus. I wanted to use natural food dye to make the hummus pink, but I decided against my plan so that I could do the individual hummus packs & keep them cool. It was about 87 degrees here on Saturday which is always tricky keeping fresh fruit and other foods safe AND fresh. We had organic tea, raspberry lemonade and ice waters for everyone to drink.
Again, because the party was outside, I kept decorations pretty simple but VERY pink. We had pink tissue paper flowers, hot pink lanterns, pink baskets for all the Pinkalicious plates, cups & napkins and I was able to use some of my spring pink baskets that I have to put things in. I bought two glass vases from the dollar store, filled them with pink Peeps (not for eating), shredded pink recycled paper on top and used them to hold some of the party favors for the girls which doubled as the centerpieces. They had pink and purple flower wands in one and pearl wands or pinwheels for the smaller siblings who attended.
The treat bags that went home had some Pinkalicious stickers & temporary tattoos for the girls and prince/knight themed ones for the boys. Each child also got a cookie cutter of a crown, a unicorn (for Goldilicious, Pinkalicious’ imaginary unicorn friend) or a frog for the boys. It was tough to figure the boy part out, but they all had fun.
A big thanks to all Miss G’s friends who were there, and we missed all those who couldn’t make it. Happy Friday!