Children's garden parties provide a casual atmosphere and can range from tea parties to activities such as planting flowers or vegetables. Whichever direction you choose to take, the food will play a central role. Finger foods are a simple, no-mess way to serve tasty treats to children.
Prepare dainty sandwiches for the party. These should be kid-friendly sandwiches such as jam, peanut butter or turkey and cheese. Use cookie cutters to cut the sandwiches into flower shapes. Fill pitas with cream cheese, shredded carrots, raisins and sunflower seeds. For a non-sandwich food, make mini-pizzas from English muffins, pizza sauce and cheese. Let the children decorate their pizza with pepperoni bits and red, green and yellow peppers to make flower designs on the pizza.
Vegetables cut into bite-sized pieces are a no-mess finger food choice. Carrots, celery and cherry tomatoes are popular with kids. Serve them with ranch dressing or a favorite dip. Make "ants on a log" by spreading peanut butter or cream cheese onto celery sticks. Dot the top of each piece with a few raisins.
Design flowers with fruit pieces. Have the party guests place a kiwi or banana slice in the center of their plate. They can then place strawberry slices or raspberries around the center to make petals. Finish the flower with a licorice stem and fresh mint leaves. Place pieces of fruit such as pineapple, grapes and watermelon on skewers for a fruit kabob. Use kid-safe skewers, such as wooden craft sticks or coffee stirrers
Decorate sugar cookies that have been made into flower, butterfly or bug shapes. Frost cupcakes with chocolate icing and then sprinkle them with crushed chocolate sandwich cookies to look like dirt. Add a gummy worm for added effect. Or make some ladybug peanut butter balls. Mix together 1/2 cup of smooth peanut butter, 3 tbsp. of softened butter and 1 cup of confectioners' sugar. Form the mixture into balls and place them on waxed paper, flattening the bottoms. Slice 15 black jelly beans in half and push one half into each ball for the head of the ladybug. Melt 1 cup of red candy chips and spoon the mixture over each ball. After the coating hardens, use black decorator's gel to add a stripe and spots to the bugs.
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