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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

New Years Eve Kid Friendly Food

Do It Yourself Pizza Party

Create a fun DIY pizza buffet for kids and adults. They will enjoy creating their own mouth watering pizzas with the toppings they like and enjoy. Set out ready to top pizza crusts, bowls of pizza toppings and cheese and of course a big bowl of pizza sauce.

For the Pizza dough there are several options:
- Use individual boboli pizza crust you purchase at the store
- Purchase Rhodes Pizza Dough
- Order pizza dough from your local pizza parlor to make your own crusts
- Use English muffins as the pizza crust
- Make your own pizza dough


Topping Suggestions:

  • Mushrooms
  • Olives
  • Cooked chicken
  • Salami
  • Canadian Bacon
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Red, green and yellow sweet peppers
  • Hot peppers (pickled and fresh)
  • Fruit - pineapple, avocado, or tomatoes
  • Sausages - sliced pepperoni or crumbled cooked Italian sausage
  • herbs - oregano, marjoram, thyme, rosemary
  • Assorted shredded pizza cheese
Bubbly Jell-O Parfait
from: Family Fun

Grab a spoon and toast the New Year with a cool, sparkly dessert that wiggles.

1. Make bubbly Jell-O according to the directions on a box of Sparkling White Grape Jell-O. Be sure to use club soda, seltzer, or ginger ale and follow the tips on the box for getting the gelatin to sparkle.

2. Chill the Jell-O in champagne flutes or parfait glasses. We suggest making these the day of the party, since they might lose some bubbliness if they're made further ahead. Wind a metallic multicolored star garland (available at party stores) up the stem of the glass for pizzazz.

Confetti Cake - from: Family Fun

Celebrate New Year's or any special occasion with Confetti Cake.

Ingredients
  • 1 1-pound box angel food cake mix
  • 1/4 cup colored candy sprinkles
  • FROSTING INGREDIENTS AND DECORATIONS:
  • 2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
  • 8 teaspoons cold water
  • 2 cups whipping cream (unwhipped)
  • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Colored sprinkles
  • 2 decorative cake sprays (available at party stores)
  • Wire star garland (available at party stores)
  • 1 sheet of shiny or metallic colored paper (for year star)
  • Marker
  • Tape
Instructions
  1. Follow the directions on the cake mix box, but just before pouring the batter into the tube pan, add the sprinkles.

  2. Mix them quickly and gently with as few strokes as possible and pour the batter into the pan immediately. If you mix and pour too slowly, the colors may bleed and color the surrounding batter.

  3. Make the frosting right before you plan to apply it so that it doesn't set. For best results, apply the frosting, sprinkles, and decoration no more than an hour before serving.

  4. Combine the gelatin and water in a small saucepan.

  5. Let it stand until thick.

  6. Set the pan over low heat, stirring constantly until the gelatin dissolves.

  7. Don't let it boil, as that would reduce the gelling power of the gelatin.

  8. Remove the gelatin from the heat. While it cools a bit, combine the cream, sugar, and vanilla extract in a bowl.

  9. Whip them with an electric mixer until the mixture thickens slightly.

  10. Gradually pour the liquid gelatin (don't let it set) into the whipped cream mixture and continue to beat at slow speed until blended. Then whip it at high speed until it's stiff and peaks form when you lift the beaters.

  11. Frost the completely cooled cake with a generous, fluffy layer, making swirls and peaks as you go.

  12. Add confetti (colored sprinkles) and the sparkly year decoration. (Tip: We applied the sprinkles to the sides of the cake by lightly tossing them against the frosting. After we stuck our store-bought metallic sprays entwined with a star garland into the cake, we cut a 2-inch star out of paper, wrote the year numerals on it, and taped it to the sprays.) Store the cake in the refrigerator until ready to serve.


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1 Comments:

Blogger J. L. W. said...

What great ideas!

December 29, 2009 at 8:28 PM  

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