My little girl just turned two years old, where has the time gone? Here’s some of the fun recipes I made to help celebrate this little cutie!
Emily just turned two and we celebrated her big day with a pink Minnie Mouse party! Just perfect for a two-year old, right?
While it wasn’t as elaborate or big as her first birthday party, I still wanted to plan a fun menu and decorations for her. I mean, for a foodie and crafter like me, parties like this are so much fun!
I always struggle with what to make for a bigger party. We don’t have a lot of people over like this much any more and I always feel the need to go big when it comes to the food! I mean, I am a food blogger after all!
However, I took a more easy going approach with the food this time around, which I’m pretty proud of myself for. Since we were having the party at 3:30, I didn’t want to spend the whole morning cooking. This meant I needed recipes I could make the day/night before or during her two hour naptime on party day.
The thing I’ve learned with having people over these days is that sure, people would love a delicious, entirely home-made spread. However, they would probably more rather a relaxed host with a just as delicious semi-homemade menu. Who’s with me on that one?
Here’s the list of yummy treats we served up for our little peanut’s big day!
Hummus & Ranch Dip with fresh Veggies and Pita Bread
- While I have recipes for both hummus and a Greek yogurt ranch dip on the blog, I didn’t want to spend all day in the kitchen cooking. I recently read in the Mix & Match Mama cookbook that you should never make more than three recipes for a party, which is really such a good idea, right? I took her advice and bought the hummus (Sabra) and ranch dip (Opadipity) and I can promise you no one minded one bit!
Mickey Mouse Shaped Veggie Chips
- Emily loves all of those veggie chips and straws on the market these days and what better way to add some fun to a Minnie Mouse party than with these fun shaped chips! Emily calls Mickey “Minnie” as well, so these are referred to as “Minnie Chips” in our house, even though they’re really for Mickey 🙂 I found them at Target.
Assorted Mini Sandwiches
- I love mini sandwiches and we serve them pretty often when we have a lot of people over. I used to make these with Kings Hawaiian Rolls, but did you know Kroger has their own brand of mini hamburger buns, which were already cut in half (time saver!) and were less than half the price! Now that’s what I call a win-win situation! I served turkey & cheddar and ham & provolone sandwiches, with condiments and pickles on the side.
- This was Kevin’s idea. Just pour 1 (24 oz.) jar of pasta sauce into a slow cooker, add in one bag of pre-cooked turkey meatballs and cook on low for 3 hours, stirring after each hour. Serve with hoagie or hot dog buns and shredded mozzarella and parmesan cheese for a make-your-own meatball sub bar.
- I made this at Emily’s 1st birthday party and it was the surprise hit of the party! It was the first thing to go and while I originally planned to try out another recipe this year, I figured no one would mind having this one again. It’s really easy to make and perfect for parties!
- I also made these for Emily’s 1st birthday party. It’s my go-to white cake or cupcake recipe. Not only are they really good and I got so many compliments on them, but they start with a cake mix, which means they’re quick and easy to make as well!
White & Pink Yogurt Covered Pretzels
- I buy these for so many parties! Fresh Thyme has a lot of different flavors (and colors) like chocolate, strawberry and key lime to name a few. They’re not only delicious, but they’re a fun way to feature special party colors. The strawberry and plain yogurt flavors worked so well with my pink and white Minnie theme!
Party Favors: Chocolate Chip Sprinkle Cookies
- I knew when I picked up the I Heart Naptime cookbook that I had to make these cookies for Emily’s party! Not only does she love sprinkles, but these cookies were really easy to make! Emily even helped make some of them for her school birthday treats. There were rave reviews all the way around 🙂
I added few other little items like pretzels, goldfish crackers and pink Hershey kisses, but that was it. I followed Shay’s (Mix & Match Mama) rule about only making three things: mac & cheese, cupcakes and cookies. Everything else I purchased pre-made or it had very easy assembly, like the sandwiches and meatballs. I’m pretty proud of myself for not going too overboard, like I sometimes do when it comes to party food.
Everyone had a great time and enjoyed the food. We got lots of compliments on everything and I was a (mostly) stress free host 🙂
Oh, and be sure to stay tuned for some of the fun decorations I made to go along with her Minnie party, which I plan to share in the next week or two. If you want a preview of any of them, check out my Instagram page @madebymelissalee!