We had the party at a SF Park & Rec playground and clubhouse with only a fridge and microwave, so I kept to mostly cold stuff. I also love the idea of this menu for a picnic.
I have to say that it was the most exhausting prep for a birthday party I've done (and recruited help, I did!), but it was really rewarding to know that all the kids could eat anything on the menu. Tristan even tried spinach dip with peppers, Addi was chowing down on the prosciutto wrapped asparagus, and smoked salmon & Tofutti cream cheese sandwiches were apparently the new PB&J! I loved how the adult and kids menu completely overlapped.
Here was the menu: (I wish I'd had more time to get some proper pics, but you'll get the picture...ha ha no pun intended!)
Raw veggies with Trader Joe's eggplant hummus, TJ's garlic hummus, and semi-homemade vegan spinach dip
Sandwiches: (I used Rainbo white bread for the tea sandwiches, and sliced sourdough bread for the BLT's)
Soybutter & jam--substitute with sunbutter for soy allergies
Turkey & Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese
BLT's with Vegenaise--substitute Oscar Mayer Turkey bacon for non-red meat eaters
Smoked salmon & Better Than Cream Cheese with freshly chopped chives & squeeze of lemon--just mix in the chives and lemon before spreading
Isreali Couscous w/ red peppers, zucchini, & corn
The couscous comes from TJ's in a box in the pasta section. You could also use the Harvest Grains mix which has added orzo, quinoa, and beans for a similar dish with added protein.
Measure out chicken broth instead of water according to package directions. I usually add also a pat of allergy-safe margarine (Earth Balance). Dice veggies, and when broth comes to a boil, add couscous and veggies. At second boil, turn heat way down and cover until cooked (about 8-10 minutes, depending on how many veggies you add and whether some are frozen). If you need to add extra liquid, you can add water til it's cooked.
So easy! Just wash, trim, and blanch the asparagus. Then, drizzle with bit of olive oil, add pepper, and wrap with prosciutto. (I used half pieces of prosciutto). For a zestier version, spread honey mustard on asparagus before wrapping in prosciutto.
Noah's Bagels (chocolate chip, raisin, plain, & blueberry) w/ Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese
Baby Greens Salad with Brianna's Poppyseed dressing
Chocolate Cupcakes dusted with confectioner's sugar (use sifter and do this at the last minute to avoid sogginess)
|Isn't his sugar mustache the cutest? All the kids were sporting them!|
Box juices, water, lemonade & other assorted cold drinks for the adults
Happy birthday, Little Miss! We love you!