Tuesday, July 26, 2011

party on a stick

party: Scarlett's first birthday
location: park on top of the hill in our 'hood
challenge: make food for 30+ people with no kitchen or grill on site

answer: party on a stick!

longer answer: premake everything at home (day of or night before), place on kebab sticks, transfer to party site on platters, do absolutely no work during party except eating and enjoying time with friends!

 turkey meatball kebabs
chicken kebabs
roasted veggie kebabs
fresh fruit kebabs
cake pops!

cake pops were pretty labor intensive, so they were made first
totally worth it though because soooo good!
i used trader joe's chocolate cake and frosting mix with wilton's candy melts for the coating.
 i followed this recipe, which has good tips.
(i tried once before making cake balls and they were a disaster.
the above directions, using candy melts instead of baker's chocolate,
 and the addition of the stick made it all easier.)

unfortch, i don't have many pics of the food,
 but easy peasy directions below.
it was so easy i don't even need to write the directions, but here they are...

chicken: marinate chicken breasts in trader joe's island soyaki sauce (or sauce of your choice)
bake 30 mins at 350 or untl done, cut into cubes, place on bamboo kebab sticks.
if pre-making day before, on the day of cover with more sauce and reheat in oven  

turkey meatballs: place trader joe's frozen meatballs in large oven proof pot
cover with island soyaki sauce (or sauce of you choice)
bake 30 mins at 350 or until done, place on bamboo kebab sticks

veggies: cut fresh veggies of you choice into 1 inch pieces
 we used zucchini, peppers and onions
place on bamboo kebab sticks
drizzle with olive oil and season with salt
bake at 350 until done

fruit: cut up fresh fruit of your choice into 1 inch pieces
we used strawberries, watermelon, apples and bananas
place on bamboo kebab sticks

voila! party on a stick is ready!

it was actually a lot of fun making 200 kebabs and 45 cake pops!
special thanks to my sis shannon for all her help.

more scenes from the day...
sweet puppy Beau, a swiss mountain dog,
made an appearance and was a big hit with the babes
and then Scarlett opened her present from her bestie, Milly.
with Milly's help, of course.

thanks to everyone who came out and enjoyed the day
it was a great first birthday party for Scarlett!

1 comment:

Baby Mama said...

Happy Birthday sweet baby Scarlett!