Friday, June 10, 2011

Princess and Knight Party Food Post #1

This party was so much fun to plan. I wanted a simple color scheme so that I could easily find matching items for the party. I chose pink and baby blue with hints of gingham, polka dots and stripes because I was inspired by the look of my favorite children's brand: Pottery Barn Kids. The food was pretty easy to tie into the theme and color scheme! Here are some of the recipes I used and my tips on how to pull it off. 



Foods served:
  • Cinderella's Parmesan Puff Pastry Pumpkins
  • Tiana's Wishing Stars (Yogurt Stars by Trader Joe's, a sweet friend got these for me from far away!)
  • Snow White's Apples with Caramel Dip
  • Tinkerbelle's Fairy Wings (pretzels)
  • Arielle's Goldfish Crackers
  • Mulan's Pot Stickers (purchased)
  • Rapunzal's Braids (marshmallow braids)
  • Sleeping Beauty's Pink Popcorn Balls
  • Belle's French Macaron's
  • Fairy-tale Fruit Kabobs
  • Happlily Ever After Chocolate Dipped Oreo's
  • Enchanted Forest Bunny Marshmallows (Easter bunny marshmallows)
  • Princess M&M's (Easter colors)
  • Princess and the Frog Swamp Punch
  • Pink Princess Strawberry Lemonade





I chose to use wrapped boxes with cones for the pink caramel popcorn.

I actually used a corn syrup, sugar, water, vanilla and food coloring recipe but it was very sticky and messy. I found this recipe which I think would be easier to make and the white chocolate would make this taste over the top for those of you that love sweet and salty flavors.

  • The popcorn cones are by thinkgarnish. These cones could be used for so many things! I love thinkgarnish for their simplicity and quality designs.


  • {To prepare the wrapped box I simply wrapped a t-shirt box in blue and white gingham wrapping paper (that was on sale at Michael's). Then my lovely husband used a blade to cut slits about one inch long in a star burst pattern to allow for the cones to rest in the box but not fall in. (I love that man, he's so sweet!)}





The fruit kabobs are so simple to make and everyone loves them. They are the perfect touch to any party.
Here we used strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, apples and grapes.
  • To prepare the kabobs, you will need long skewers (we got ours from Publix in the grilling isle), fresh fruit cut into bite-sized pieces and sprinkled with lemon or fruitfresh especially if you use apples. 
  • Skewer the fruit in whatever order you like.
  • To display the kabobs, I used garden pots from Ikea and placed a piece of floral foam cut to fit inside at the bottom of the pot. Then I placed the kabobs into the foam in order to keep them in place, standing up. 




I made heavenly Macaron's (pronounced macaroni without the /i/). I used Martha Stewart's recipe and was of course pleased with the results! To make them pink and blue I simply divided the dough in half and added a touch of blue to one bowl and a touch of pink to the other bowl. Tip: Try using a very little bit of coloring at a time because the colors may be brighter than you think! This is a very good recipe to use for any event and it is completely gluten free! 
  • The tray used for the Macaron's and the Chocolate Dipped Oreos were from Joann's.



We tried to keep the food "princess" themed so we served "Snow White's Apples and Caramel". 

  • The apples were sliced and drizzled with lemon juice to keep them pretty.
  • We served them in thinkgarnish's cute white cups for a perfect portion with caramel dip in the bottom of the cup.



The Chocolate Dipped Oreo's are simply Oreo cookies dipped in pink and blue candy melts by Wilton, then sprinkled with pink and blue pearl sprinkles for a touch of "princess".

  • For the Goldfish, pretzels, M&M's and Enchanted Bunny Marshmallows I used Ikea cookie jars.


 

For "cake" I decided to make cupcakes. I just used a mix this time for sanity sake. I used a tried and true butter-cream recipe and used the pink and blue sprinkles for the top. I will be posting a tutorial for how to make the toppers soon so stay tuned if you are curious.


Now let's not forget the grown ups! I made a special spread for the "Kings and Queens" at the party!



I served an antipasto platter with:

  • Robusto Cheese (Whole Foods)
  • Manchago Cheese (Whole Foods)
  • Uncured Salami (Whole Foods)
  • Cherry Preserves (Whole Foods)
  • Olives (Whole Foods)
  • Fresh local Honey Comb
  • French Baguette slices
I also served "King and Queen" beverages:
  • Blueberry Beer
  • Shiraz

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2 comments:

  1. Beautiful Party Sarah! Sorry we had to miss it. Love, Dorangela

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  2. Looks like you had a blast with this. Isn't planning, preparing and hosting so much fun!

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