Kids Party Food

Miles 1st Birthday

We decided on an animal theme for Miles’ first birthday party. Our goal was to create a fairly healthy menu for both adults and children. Although we did have potato chips, animal shaped biscuits and a few lollies on the table too. The menu included hummingbird elephant cake with lemon buttercream icing, a peacock shaped fruit platter, a mixed vegetable, cracker and dip platter, pesto and cheese snail shaped pastry scrolls and a vegetarian club sandwich snake. Its fair to say the table didn’t look this neat after the kids demolished everything.

Peacock Fruit Platter – For this platter we first cut a green pear in half for the body, used two blueberries to make the eyes which we fixed with toothpicks and then cut out a triangle for the beak and rectangles for the legs from mandarin peel. We then placed fruit around it using small fruit first as they take up the least amount of space. We used blueberries, mandarin segments, sliced red plums, sliced pear, sliced kiwifruit and rockmelon pieces. Use whatever your kids like and whatever fruit is currently in season as this will be the cheapest and tastiest.

Club Sandwich Snake – For the club sandwiches we made sandwiches with two slices of bread then cut them into four triangles. We filled the sandwiches with tomato, lettuce, cucumber and mashed egg and mayonnaise combinations. The sandwiches were then placed crust side down in an s shape along the table. For the snake head and tail we used a telegraph cucumber. To make the snake face we made two small holes in the end and used the end of two tomato cores to make the eyes and cut a carrot into a snake tongue shape.

Pesto and Cheese Snail Pastry Pinwheels – For the snail pinwheels preheat oven to 180°C and thaw one pack of store brought puff pastry sheets. We made pesto by blending 2 cups of basil, 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, 1/3 cup pine nuts and 2 cloves of minced garlic in a food processor. Then slowly drizzling in 1/2 cup of olive oil while the food processor is running. Season with salt and pepper. Or alternatively purchase a store brought pesto. We then spread some pesto over the puff pastry sheets and topped with more parmesan cheese. The sheets were then rolled and cut into 1.5cm thick pinwheels. We cut a V shape out of one end to make the snail head and placed them on a tray to bake for 8-10 minutes until lightly browned.

Hummingbird Elephant Cake with Buttercream Icing

I doubled this cake recipe and baked one cake in a circle tin for the elephant face and the other in a rectangle tin to cut out the ears and trunk of the elephant.

Hummingbird Cake Ingredients:
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups caster sugar
1 cup oil
1 t vanilla essence
227g can crushed pineapple, drained
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup thread coconut
2 cups flour
3 t baking powder
2 t mixed spice
1/2 t baking soda

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C bake. Grease a 23cm round cake tin or rectangle tin and line with baking paper.
  2. In a mixer, whisk eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla.
  3. Add pineapple, banana, coconut and mix to combine.
  4. Fold in remaining ingredients.
  5. Transfer into prepared tin and bake until a skewer inserted into the cake centre comes out clean (approx 50-55 minutes). Leave to cool in tin for 15 minutes before turning onto a cooling rack.
  6. Once cool ice with buttercream icing.

Buttercream icing/decoration ingredients:
300g butter, room temperature
4 cups icing sugar
4 T lemon juice
2 t lemon zest
a few drops of black food colouring to make grey elephant colour
a small amount of pink, white, blue, black fondant
1 banana lolly

  1. Beat butter until light and fluffy.
  2. Add icing sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, beating between additions.
  3. Beat in lemon juice and zest, adding more lemon juice to get icing consistency right.
  4. Beat for 3 minutes to get a nice fluffy icing.
  5. Add enough black food colouring to get desired grey elephant colour.

Assembly of hummingbird elephant cake :
1. Place circle cake at the top of your display board.
2. Cut a rectangle trunk and two 3/4 circle shapes out of your rectangle cake.
3. Place the ears on either side of the circle cake and the trunk at the bottom of the circle cake.
4. Cover the cake in grey buttercream icing and use some icing to secure the ears and trunk to the circle cake.
5. Roll out two pink circles and place these on the inside of the elephant ears (see picture).
5. Roll out two small white circles, then smaller blue circles, then smaller again black and white to make the elephant eyes. Place them on the circle cake layered on top of each other to achieve the eye affect pictured.
6. Cut a banana lolly in half and place on the bottom of the circle cake either side of the trunk to look like elephant husks.

Abigail’s 2nd birthday

For Abigail’s second birthday we decided to do a picnic style morning tea at Virginia Lake playground. There is a great playground for toddlers which is fenced in and has a bird aviary close by. For easy transport I made a couple of platters in cardboard boxes which I covered in birthday wrapping paper. We were limited on time for preparation for this party so platters were a great option as they require little prep and just need to be assembled on the day. We had three platters, chips and kiwi dip (onion soup mix and reduced cream), juice, water and a Peppa Pig banana cake (see recipe below). We wanted a combination of food that both adults and children would love to eat.

Platter one:
– pesto dip
– beetroot hummus
– cucumber sticks
– rice crackers
– snax crackers
– pretzels
– camembert
– aged cheddar
– honey and dijon snippets (pick and mix section snack, highly addictive)

Platter two:
– cherry tomatoes
– wafer crackers
– cheddar crackers
– red leicester cheese
– carrot sticks
– brie
– more pretzels
– salami

Platter three (fruit):
– marshmallows and fruit puffs
– pineapple
– red and green grapes
– kiwifruit
– mandarins

Peppa Pig Banana Cake with Lemon Buttercream Icing

For this cake I used a rectangle tin then cut out the Peppa Pig shape. I printed off a picture of Peppa Pig to cut around and to trace the features. I used lemon buttercream icing coloured with pink food colouring to cover the cake then used white, pink and black fondant for the features.

Banana Cake Ingredients:
250g butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups caster sugar
4 eggs
4 ripe bananas, mashed
2 vanilla essence
1 t baking soda
1/2 cup hot milk
3 cups self-raising flour

  1. Preheat oven to 170°C bake. Line a rectangle cake tin with baking paper.
  2. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in eggs one at a time, then bananas and vanilla.
  4. Dissolve baking soda in hot milk then add to mixture and combine.
  5. Fold in the flour. Do not over-mix.
  6. Transfer to prepared tin.
  7. Bake until a skewer inserted into the cake centre comes out clean (approx 50-60 minutes). Allow to cool in tin, then transfer to wire rack. Ice when cold.

Buttercream icing/decoration ingredients:
150g butter, room temperature
2 cups icing sugar
2 T lemon juice
1 t lemon zest
pink and red food colouring
a small amount of pink, white, and black fondant
Icing pen in pink

  1. Beat butter until light and fluffy.
  2. Add icing sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, beating between additions.
  3. Beat in lemon juice and zest, adding more lemon juice to get icing consistency right.
  4. Beat for 3 minutes to get a nice fluffy icing.
  5. Split icing into two bowls. Add enough pink food colouring to make one batch Peppa Pig skin tone and to the other batch add red to make her dress colour.

Assembly of Peppa Pig Banana Cake:
1. Use printed out Peppa Pig stencil as a guide to cut rectangle banana cake into the shape of Peppa Pig body.
2. Ice head and ears with light pink buttercream icing.
3. Ice Peppa’s dress with red buttercream icing.
4. Outline head, ears and snout with pink icing pen.
5. Make legs, arms and tail out of light pink fondant (see picture).
6. Make circle eyes out of white fondant and circle pupils out of black fondant.
7. Make two oval shapes for her shoes out of black fondant.
8. Using dark pink fondant make one circle for Peppa Pig’s cheek, two small circles for her nostrils on the snout and a sausage shape made into a curve for her mouth.

Miles 2nd Birthday

For Miles 2nd birthday party we had an afternoon barbeque with cheese boards and cake. The theme was water activities so I got a couple of water play tables from the toy library and playgroup, purchased a slip and slide and reusable water balloons and filled up the kids paddling pool. We told all the little ones to bring their togs and they all had a fantastic time playing in the water on a hot February day.

– Chips
– Onion Dip
– Hummus
– Pretzels
– Marshmallows
– Cheese
– Crackers
– Carrot sticks
– Cucumber sticks
– Sliced Apple
– Pesto Dip

– Orzo roast tomato salad
– Asian slaw
– Potato salad
– Sliders with vegetarian patties
– Sausages
– Venison steaks
– Corn

The Train Cake

I made a banana cake which is the same recipe as above which I used for Abigail’s Peppa Pig cake. I also made a double batch of the lemon buttercream icing which is also listed above under the Peppa Pig cake.

– 1 banana cake baked in a large square tin
– double batch lemon buttercream icing
– blue, yellow, red food colouring
– 1 ice cream cone
– 1/4 C popcorn
– 1/4 C marshmallows
– 1 packet oreos
– 1 packet licorice
– 1 small box smarties
– 1 packet of fun sized flakes
– 1 kitkat block or bar

1. Cut the three rectangle shapes out of the square banana cake. Use off-cuts to create the train engine shape. See picture above of un-iced banana cake as a guide. Use icing to stick down off-cuts to rectangle base.
2. Place icing in three separate bowls and colour one blue, one red and one yellow.
3. Cover the train engine in blue icing and the remaining carriages red and yellow.
4. Place a piece of kitkat between each carriage to connect them.
5. Use licorice to create a railway track pattern on either side of the cake.
6. Place oreos along the bottom of each carriage and the engine as wheels.
7. On the engine frame a window shape out of licorice on the front.
8. Place a single marshmallow on the front of the engine.
9. On the first carriage frame the top of the rectangle with kitkat pieces and fill with smarties to look like colourful rocks.
10. On the second carriage arrange the flakes in a pyramid shape to look like logs.
11. For the chimney, melt marshmallows in microwave and mix with popcorn. Arrange the popcorn mixture on top of the cone to look like steam. Place the cone on top of the engine.