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Butterfly Themed Birthday Party: Food & Desserts

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Did you love the butterfly decorations? I did too. They were so much fun to put together. The food and desserts were equally fun and they were delicious! I looked for items that either fit the butterfly theme or the color theme – that way they would all coordinate.

Butterfly Themed Party Food:

I held two different parties – one for the family to come for dessert and another for little friends. So, let’s start with the dessert party:

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Soda:

For the beverages I purchased Strawberry and Orange Crush for the pink and orange colors and Jarritos pinneaple for the yellow (it is a Mexican soda and can be found on the ethnic food aisle). Then I just added a 2″ printed butterfly taped over the logo of the bottle.

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Cake:

Oh, the cake. I had such grand visions of a perfect cake. Unfortunately, the vision in my head didn’t come out of the piping bag all by itself. I guess you need to actually have some cake decorating skill in order to get what’s in your head. 🙂 The frosting didn’t blend from one color to the next and the chocolate butterflies that I piped out onto wax paper didn’t stand out as I had hoped, but it tasted good!

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I made three 9″ round cakes in the three party colors. For the pink layer I used a strawberry cake mix (I made the rest into cupcakes for the friend party). The middle and top layer were a yellow cake mix with a bit of food coloring added for the orange layer. I made homemade cream cheese frosting because I don’t like the flavor of shortening based frostings.

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Lemon Bars:

I included lemon bars for an extra sweet treat. They are one of my favorite desserts and they matched the color theme – double score! I love all of the recipes from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe that I have tried and so although I hadn’t had this recipe before, I knew they would be good. They didn’t disappoint – they were perfectly tart, sweet and buttery. Give them a try!

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Fruit:

For those who wanted a less sugary dessert, I also served fruit kabobs. Keeping with the color theme I served pineapple, cantaloupe and watermelon that I cut using a Butterfly Shaped Cookie Cutter.

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Favors:

Guests got to take home Salt Water Taffy in the party colors, chocolate mold butterfly suckers that I made using chocolate candy melt and Butterfly Gummy Candy (purchased at Winco).

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At the party the following day for her little friends I served many of the same items, but added a few to turn it into lunch.

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Butterfly Sandwiches:

I used a butterfly shaped cookie cutter to turn ordinary white sandwich bread into cute little butterfly PB&J’s.

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Butterfly Crackers with Cheese:

Pepperidge Farm Golden Butter Crackers come in the shape of a butterfly! They also have a box called “Cracker Favorites” that contain butterfly shaped crackers. I found them at my regular local grocery store. I simply paired them with some string cheese or cheddar cheese for a simple tray.

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Chips:

To continue with the color theme I offered plain potato chips as well as cheetos (what toddler doesn’t love cheetos?).

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It was fun to brainstorm ways to incorporate the butterfly or color palette into all of the food details! Stay tuned for the details on all of the activities we did at the party!

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Teddy Bear Picnic

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(Since the ground can be bumpy I used this old suit case as a little food table)

Wednesday, July 10th is National Teddy Bear Picnic Day. I bet you didn’t even know that one existed – right? I love a good picnic. The food and eating outside on a blanket in the shade just makes me so happy – plus it means that the weather is nice out, which I love too.

I recently had a sleepover with a few of my nieces and nephew and we turned our lunch that day into a teddy bear picnic. They (the girls especially) loved that they got to involve their teddy bears and pretend to feed them. It was really cute. We kept the food simple, but the dessert totally stole the show – it was so easy but SO delicious! It is going to be my go-to dessert from now on!

Teddy Bear Picnic Fun!

We dined on grilled hot dogs, cheetos and watermelon slices and washed it down with a Capri Sun.

Teddy Bear Picnic

Mr. Bear (above) and my daughter Lucy (below) were very thirsty.

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Ice Cream Sandwiches with a dollop of Whipped Cream and a heafty drizzle of caramel topping was the perfect end to our picnic! Teddy Bear Picnic Dessert Ice Cream Sandwiches

Yum – they were seriously so good!

Ice Cream Sandwich with whipped cream and caramel

So, take your lunch outside this Wednesday, add in a teddy bear for good measure and enjoy the holiday!

Chocolate Frosted Brownies

This Sunday, July 7th is National Chocolate Day. Ahh, chocolate, my good friend. I have a hard time considering any day complete unless I’ve had at least a little bit of chocolate. To celebrate this year, I want to share with you one of my favorite recipes of all time – chocolate frosted brownies. I know you are thinking – “they are just brownies” but I can assure you that I have tried dozens of recipes and none match this – they really are that good.

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Chocolate Frosted Brownies

I got the recipe from my good friend Jen. She lives a few streets away from me and brought these brownies more than a few times. She would bring 5 or 6 on a plate and I would eat every single one. All. By. Myself. 🙂 Finally, she shared the recipe with me and now I make them on a (way too) regular basis. I’ve even reached the point that I have to purposely 1/2 the recipe because I can’t stop myself from eating them. And, last point, don’t even think about skipping the frosting!

Okay, now that you have worked up an appetite – here’s the recipe.

Brownies:

– 1 cup melted butter
– 1/2 cup cocoa powder
– 2 cups granulated sugar
– 4 whole eggs beaten
– 1 tsp vanilla
– 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour

Directions: Whisk together melted butter and cocoa powder. Add sugar, beaten eggs, vanilla and salt. Mix well, then add flour. Stir in slowly until just combined – do not over mix. Pour into a 9 x 13 pan sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 350 for 25-28 minutes. Cool completely and then frost (but really, who waits until they are completely cool?!)

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting:

– 1/2 cup of room temperature butter
– 1/2 tsp vanilla
– 2 Tbsp milk (add more a little at a time if it is too dry)
– 2 cups powdered sugar
– 1/3 – 1/2 cup cocoa powder (depending on how “dark” you like your chocolate)

Beat the butter until smooth and add 1 cup of powdered sugar, vanilla and milk. Slowly mix (to avoid a powdered sugar cloud) and once combined add the other cup of powdered sugar and the cocoa powder, then mix until smooth. Add more milk a teaspoon at a time until you have reached your desired consistency.

I promise they will not disappoint and you will be celebrating National Chocolate Day the best way possible!

 
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