Here's a party I did this weekend for a boy turning 7. It was different than other parties because I wanted everything to be on black instead of the usual white. I made boxes out of plywood and painted them black. These boxes worked out perfectly to add height to the cake and platters. I made the backdrop with lots of strips of black taffeta. Everything was great at this party besides it being REALLY windy! As you can see, for this picture, I don't have all my food labels out except the 3 center ones because the wind kept blowing them over.
Since the theme was all about bright, wild animals, I chose a different animal for each color. I then thought of unique names for each sweet depending on the animal that would be on each food label. These are pretzel rods dipped in yellow chocolate with sprinkles.
This is the first time that I've actually seen the kids attack the sweet table. As you can see, I almost missed out on photos because the food was going so fast. They loved these dolphin sugar cookies.
The kids LOVED these marshmallow pops. They are so simple to make: Simply dip marshmallows into melted colored chocolate and add a candy button (or M & M) on the top.
"Bird Food" was really popcorn.
"Fish Food" was really little baggies of purple M & M's. Salesi thought it was weird to give things names like "Fish Food", but I thought it was cute. I also had "Gecko Goo" for green cake pops, "Web Pops" for big red lollipops that went with red spiders, "Whale Crisps" that went with rice crispy treats dipped in bright blue chocolate and "Sour Snakes" that went with sour candy belts in little baggies.
For the cake I simply glued toothpicks onto all of the different animals and stuck them all around the cake.
A large "B" I painted black and added a miniature version of the colorful banners I had on all the tables.
I had the kids food on separate little tables for them to easily grab themselves so the parents wouldn't have to worry about dishing them up.
Inside was a sandwich, chips and apple slices.
For the adults I made 2 salads and 2 sandwiches. This salad is made with spinach, cranberries, goat cheese, pecans, apples and raspberry vinaigrette.
This salad is made with marinated tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, arugula, olives and balsamic vinaigrette. I made one sandwich with roasted pepper mayo, salami, ham, prosciutto, provolone and arugula. I made another sandwich with turkey, bacon, avocado, romaine and tomato. Both salads were equally popular, but I have to say that the turkey, bacon and avocado sandwich went pretty fast. (It was really good.) Add a couple platter of grapes, strawberries and blackberries and there you go. Really simple and really good.