So I’ve shown you how I made Mr5’s pirate ship birthday cake here, now I thought I’d share with you all the party food I made for the pirate themed party,
I took some inspiration from the internet and created pirate-themed names for some of the food.
On our table was:
· Cheese and bacon balls (pirate name “cannon balls”)
· Sour jelly worms (pirate name “fish bait”)
· Homemade spinach dip with cob bread (pirate name “spinach swamp”)
· Infuzions veggie straws (crisps)
· Fruit platter (pirate name “pirate platter”)
· Bowl of leftover lollies from decorating the cake
· Cornflake crackles (pirate name “golden treasures”)
· Frankfurts which came out after the photo was taken (pirate name “squid”)
· Party pies and sausage rolls
· Spinach and feta, and chicken and vegetable pastry triangles.
I kind of went a bit crazy with the chocolate gold coins as they were on clearance in Kmart, so some of them were scattered around the table, and the rest went into a chest I had at home and made a cool little table decoration.
My eldest son was really sweet and made some awesome little origami boats with a pirate flag which added a great touch to the table.
This spinach cob dip recipe came from a friend-of a friend-of a friend and ended up being known by us as my sister-in-law’s spinach cob dip. It is incredibly tasty and moreish, perfect for a large gathering as it can feed everyone. It is always popular at our family gatherings.
Bek’s Spinach Cob Dip
1 jar of whole egg mayonnaise (about 440g)
1 large tub of sour cream (about 400ml, light sour cream is fine)
1 packet of spring vegetable soup mix
1 small can water chestnuts, finely diced
1 small brown onion, finely diced
250g frozen chopped leaf spinach (I used Logan Farm brand)
Thaw spinach (you can place in warm water until thawed if you forget to thaw overnight like I did). Drain really, really, really well. Then wrap in paper towel and squeeze some more.
Place in a bowl with remaining ingredients and use a stick blender to mix well. The longer you mix, the finer the spinach will be. Usually, it’s served in a hollowed out cob loaf, the bread removed from the loaf is used for dipping. My cob loaves were too small for the party so I served the dip in a bowl and served the torn bread separately.
A fruit platter is always a colourful addition to a party table. It’s a nice way to balance out all the lollies and pastry food. Kids always surprise you too. My eldest son, Mr9, wasn’t worried about anything else on the table, but I had to hold him back from eating the passionfruit before the guests arrived. They’re currently $1 each and we don’t usually buy them.
This fruit platter cost less than $10, and over half that cost was the passionfruit and strawberries. It’s a good idea to fill out the platter with cheap, in-season fruit and just add a small amount of the more expensive fruits. For this platter, I bought a watermelon quarter, 2 oranges, 2 kiwifruit, 3 passionfruit ($3.00) and 1 punnet strawberries ($3.00). It was made special for us by adding some fruits we don’t normally eat due to the price, and I didn’t need a lot of different fruits to make it look full and colourful. It was all gone by the end of the party. I wasn’t quick enough to eat the passionfruit myself.
Can I just say, I am so happy with how the “squid” turned out. They look amazing, but oh so gross at the same time! These are standard frankfurts which I bought from the deli at Woolies. Before heating, I sliced them from about half way down into quarters, then half again to give 8 legs. Drop into gently simmering water and cook until heated through (just a few minutes). The legs will curl upwards and look like this….
Granted, they looked more like mini octopus, so you may want to change the pirate name, but they look really cool. I served them with tomato sauce (pirate name “shark blood”).
This was a family party of about 22 people, a third of them children and this was plenty of food. We had enough leftovers for dinner and lunch the next day. It’s a good idea to nail down your menu as soon as possible when planning a birthday party as it gives you plenty of time to shop for bargains. I picked up the hot food when they were half price, as well as the crisps and some fruit boxes when they were on sale.
Another tip is to try and not pick too many foods that take a lot of preparation, or will keep you in the kitchen too long on the day. The cake was iced the day before, and the cornflake crackles were made the day before too. The only thing I had to do on party day was to slice and heat the frankfurts, make the dip, and cook the hot food (20 mins total). It allowed me plenty of time for decorating the table and chatting with guests.
I also kept the entertainment reasonably simple. The youngest guests were given a small pirate sword upon arrival ($2 each from Kmart) to play with and take home. I bought a couple of spares for the uncles to defend themselves against the mini onslaught. They also played a game of “pin the chest on the treasure map” ($2 from Cheap as Chips) and finished the day by smashing a treasure chest piñata ($18 from Cheap as Chips) filled with sherbet lollies (large bag $4 from Kmart) and fun sized chocolate bars ($2.50 per pack from Kmart x4). Lots of fun was had by all the kids.
If you have your own little one wanting a pirate-themed birthday, I hope this gives you a little bit of inspiration. We all had an awesome day, especially Mr5. If you need more help with planning your next party then check out post on event planning and always nail your kids parties.
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