When it comes to parties it's the little things that, for me, make it special.
The thing I loved about preparing for Scrag's first birthday Teddy Bears Picnic, was that the older kids were so keen to help! They stuck stickers on lunch boxes and sippy cups, they dressed teddy bears, chose names for them and Dash wrote out their name tags. They helped me fill party bags and tie on labels.
It was great having such willing helpers, and made the preparation much more fun!
I found these packs of brightly coloured non-spill sippy cups at the Baby Factory (on special, four for $5.99). Dash put each baby's name (and age)on them using letter stickers left over from his Sports Party. That way there were no mix ups. The babies got to take them home.
I made these cute little signs out of recycled card, stuck with double-sided tape onto coloured popsicle sticks left over from another party. I used a black crayon and wrote with my left hand. The buzzy bees and bear paw stickers I got for $1/packet at our local dollar store (cutely called "2Cheap").
A friend had some noodle boxes left over from her daughter's party, which she let me have. I got hold of some Pooh Bear stickers and Princess had fun sticking them all over the boxes. I filled each one with a little picnic for the babies... A fruit stick (grapes and blueberries threaded onto cocktail straws), a teddy-shaped sandwich, a baked fruit bar, a packet of tiny teddies, a wafer biscuit and a packet of raisins.
I am firmly of the "keep it simple" persuasion. I am not the world's happiest cook, so whatever I do that is food-related has to be easy, straight-forward and quick.
At this party we had:
- Cupcakes (3 batches, two of which were made from a packet; see below for The Great Icing Debacle)
- Fairy Bread (bread with crusts cut off, buttered, dipped in 100's & 1000's and cut into triangles)
- Carrot & Celery sticks, crackers, chippies and dips
- Cut up pineapple, blueberries and Fruit Sticks (see above)
- Red cocktail sausages & tomato sauce (heat slowly to avoid splitting)
- Bacon & Egg slice (bought from the supermarket)
- Sausage rolls (the kind you get frozen in a roll; you just have to cut them up and bake them)
- Salad Sandwiches (2 baguettes, split lengthways, filled with ham, mayo, tomato and lettuce, then sliced up into sandwich-sized pieces)
- Popcorn (freshly popped in the microwave)
- Old-Fashioned Lemonade (click here for the recipe)
This lot provided enough food for 17 kids and 19 adults, with some left over.
The Great Icing Debacle
So be warned - Olivio can be used in icing (and baking), Olivani can't (unless you use gel colours).