Enter Olivia the Pig!

Olivia the Pig, the classic character from the best loved children’s books by the same name, has arrived and she is looking amazing for her age!  Girls have been in awe of Olivia for decades, as the books are best sellers to this day, so why not have an Olivia the Pig party!  Don’t think barnyard though…think fun, colorful, glitzy and crazy as Olivia embodies these special qualities.  Add colors like teal, bright yellows and purples to create a wonderfully colorful look, setting off the pinks, reds and whites of the pattern.  Serve a cake in shape of a crown, or take our favor diamond rings  placing one on each party cupcake, as Olivia loves jewelry and dress up.  Little purses for party favor bags and you are set.  Have fun with this great theme for your girl!

Great-Grandma’s Basic Cake and Chocolate Sauce

 

This delicious recipe comes straight from one of our staff’s Great-Grandma and has been passed down for 3 generations, as this is one heck of a delicious, moist basic cake that she has decided to share with all of our readers.

This cake is perfect because you can add so many different ingredients to this, so many different toppings etc, so that this one recipe turns into many.  Below is the beloved recipe for her Basic Cake and we are also including her Great-Grandma’s recipe for her own family favorite; Chocolate Sauce, to
be poured right over a piece of this marvelous creation!  Absolutely one of the most delicious desserts we have tried here, so we think it will be a wonderful cake recipe for any party…adult or child.

Note:  This chocolate sauce must be served warm and not cold.

GREAT-GRANDMA’S BASIC CAKE

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees

Ingredients;

*   1-1/2 cup all-purpose flour
*   1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
*   1/4  teaspoon salt
*   3  Tablespoons shortening
*   1  cup sugar
*   2  eggs beaten
*   About  3/4 cup milk
*   1  teaspoon vanilla

Mix all of the dry ingredients into a big bowl.  This includes the flour,
the baking powder, the salt.  Stir all around until completely mixed.
Set aside.

Now cream together the shortening, the sugar, the 2 eggs beaten with
a fork, until smooth.  Add this mix to the dry mixture and then add the
milk and vanilla.  Mix for about 2 minutes or until all ingredients
completely mixed til smooth.

Pour into a  9 x 9 pan, greased and lightly floured.  Bake for about
25 minutes or until golden brown on the top and when you insert
a toothpick in the center, it is clean.

Let this completely cool before serving.

GREAT-GRANDMA’S HOT CHOCOLATE SAUCE

Ingredients;

*   1 Square of unsweetened chocolate
*   1 Tablespoon butter
*   1/3 cup boiling water
*   1 cup sugar
*   2 Tablespoons corn syrup
*   1/2 teaspoon vanilla
*   pinch of salt

Melt the square of chocolate, half power, in the microwave,
about 30 seconds at a time, stirring each time, until melted.

In a saucepan, pour in the melted chocolate and add the butter.
Pour the boiling water gradually, stirring it around constantly
into the melted chocolate and the butter on low heat.  Bring this
mixture to a boil.  Once boiling, let it boil for 5 minutes and turn
off the heat.  Add the vanilla and pinch of salt.  Stir around and
cool for a few minutes.

Cut the BASIC CAKE into squares and then butterfly it on the
plate (cut this lengthwise in half, so that the two halves lie
side by side on the plate).  Pour a spoonful of the warm
chocolate sauce over the butterfly cut cake and immediately
serve and eat.

So DELICIOUS!  Thank you Great-Grandma!

For more hot chocolate sauce to save in the fridge for a later
time, just double the recipe.

In addition, you can add berries to the cake or on top, chocolate chips to the cake, dried fruit to the cake, whipped cream with all of the above because this basic cake recipe gives you the option of creating your own dream cake!  Raspberries on top of the warm chocolate sauce over the cake will be amazing for a party food.  Visit our party food section for even more chocolate birthday food ideas, including Chocolate Chip Cookie Pops!

Crunchy Party Snack Caramel KIX

CARAMEL KIX

Butter a square pan, the 9x9x13/4 inch pan works best.

Measure these ingredients into a large bowl…

*  5 cups of KIX

In the bottom part of a double boiler, heat about 1 inch of water
to boiling.  Now place in top of double boiler;

*  26 caramels  (8 oz)
*  2 Tablespoons of water

Set over the boiling water until the caramels are melted.  Pour
the caramel mixture over the KIX and stir gently to coat the
cereal.  Using a rubber scraper, turn caramel mixture into a prepared
pan and pat out with fingers lightly greased with butter.
Refrigerate until firm.  Cut into bars.  Makes about 24 absolutely
delicious bars!  These easy and fun caramel KIX bars will be great
to serve as treats with a Sesame Street party!

Speaking of crunch, to you remember the great taste of Toffee?

Party Favor Bags & Birthday Treat Sacks

Party Favor Bag
Party Favor Bags…
Most definitely, besides the cake (or cupcakes or
cake pops), the party favor bags that you will
give out for each party guest is the most
important aspect of the party.  The party supplies are
very important, of course, but everyone looks
forward to getting that party favor bag and opening
it up when the party is over.  Whether or not you decide
to put the goodies in a themed box, a cello themed bag,
or even a plastic themed cup, what you put in it is very
important.  Sticking to the child’s age before you select
the favors is of utmost importance, as there are small parts
in a lot of the favors on the market that can easily come off
for children under the age of 3.  Hiding the party favor
bags is a good idea, as taking them out once all of the kids
are leaving is a bigger surprise, then having them out
and about where they can see them and perhaps go through
them before the party is over.  Of course, candy items are
always wanted!

KidsPartyWorld.com will be bringing in a lot more party
favors
, fun little toys and cool candy items in its’ party
supplies arena very soon.  Look for this section to be
completely overhauled, as you will be able to design
your party favor bags here and have them shipped to you!
all ready to put into the bags or boxes you choose.

1st Birthday Party Cake Ideas

happy birthday cake and candles
Make an individual small cake for your new one year old.  Just put it
right in front of them, a small, little birthday cake and a rubber spoon…
get out your video camera to capture this moment.  What will
he or she do?  Will they ignore it, not know what to think about
this blob in front of them?  Will they dig in and try it without
giving it a thought?  Our first born had this put in front of her,
held her spoon and completely ignored it.  Wouldn’t even touch
it.  Had to give her a little on the spoon and she honestly was
not interested in this concoction at all.  SO cute!  Making
weird faces until she showed us that she didn’t want it.

Our second born daughter had the same little cake put in
front of her on her 1st birthday, with her little spoon and she
dug right it.  So much so, that within minutes, she started getting
so tired, she slowed down, her eyes started closing, her head
starts to lag and then…she fell asleep in an instant right into her
cake.  Head right in the cake.  Couldn’t believe it!  I am so happy
that we got both of these instances on video because we never
would have guessed either scenarios!

We did this private little cake with only our family around…not at
their first birthday party.  This was our own family celebration that night
and we still watch those 1st birthday cake videos to this day.

Til’ next time!


 

Mummy Wrap Birthday Party Game

MUMMY WRAP GAME

This is a great game to play at any time of the year and with any theme at all, since it is cheap and fun!
The goal of this game is to see which team can wrap their “mummy” in toilet paper first!

First, divide birthday party guests into equal teams, it doesn’t matter if it is 3 teams of 2 or 3, or 4 teams of 2 or 3…just teams of 2 to 3 are the best.  Give them each 2 rolls of toilet paper for the game.  Each team can decide on who will be the “mummy” and then, on your mark, all the teams race to see who
can wrap their mummy in toilet paper the fastest,  using all the toilet paper you gave them.This game is really fun…just make sure you tell the “mummys” to close their eyes during the game.  That way, the flakes of toilet paper won’t get in their eyes and my suggestion is to use the 1 ply sheet type, not the realy soft and flaky type because of kids eyes.  Great birthday party fun!

Butterscotch Birthday Brownies

butterscotch brownies
BUTTERSCOTCH BROWNIES
*  1 cup of packed brown sugar
*  5 tablespoons of butter, melt
*  1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
*  1 large egg, slightly beaten
*  9 ounces of all-purpose flour (9 ounces is approx 2 cups)
*  2 1/2 cups of quick cooking oats
*  1/2 teaspoon of salt
*  1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
*  3/4 cup of fat-free sweetened condensed milk
*  1 1/4 cup butterscotch morsels (this is about 8 oz)
*  1/8 teaspoon salt
*  1/2 cup of finely chopped walnutsPreheat the oven to 350 degreeCombine the sugar and the butter in a large bowl, then stir in the
vanilla and the egg.  In a separate bowl, combine the flour, oats, the
1/2 teaspoon of salt and the baking soda.  Then add the oat mixture
to the sugar mixture.  Stir this with a fork until totally combined (the
mixture will be crumbly).Take a measuring cup and measure in 3 cups of the oat mixture in the
bottom of a 13 x 9 inch baking pan coated with a cooking spray and then
press into the bottom of the pan.  Set this pan with the mixture aside.

In a microwave safe bowl, pour the condensed milk, the butterscotch
morsels and a 1/8 teaspoon of salt then microwave at HIGH for 1 minute
or until butterscotch morsels are melted, stirring this every 20 seconds
so that it does not burn on bottom.  Stir in your walnuts (these are optional)
then scrape the mixture into the pan, spreading evenly over the crust.
Sprinkle evenly with the remaining oat mixture, gently pressing this
into the butterscotch mixture.  Bake this at 350 degrees for 30 minutes (you
want your top to be golden brown).  When done, run a knife around the edge.
Make 36 bars.

Here’s some more of my favorite brownie party food ideas.  Try Chocolate Brownie Drops and Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies.

 

Lemon Strawberry Party Punch

lemon strawberry punch

 

LEMON STRAWBERRY PUNCH

Into a large punch bowl, pour

* 3 cans (6 oz each) frozen lemonade concentrate

Dilute with water as instructions on the can

Stir in

* 1 package (10 ounces) of frozen strawberries, thawed

And just before serving, add

*  1 quart ginger ale, chilled
*  1 small tray of ice cubes

Now you need a party treat to wash done…view my favorite party food ideas and recipes.

 

Hot Crab Meat Party Dip

HOT CRAB MEAT DIP

*  12 oz crabmeat
*  1/2 cup sliced almonds
*  1/4 cup sherry
*  8 oz cream cheese
*  1 small clove garlic
*  1/2 cup mayo (light)
*  2 teaspoons powdered sugar
*  1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

Put cream cheese in a bowl, blend in the mayo til
all mixed  Add all other ingredients except the crabmeat,
and blend really well.  Now add the crabmeat.  Put in a
baking dish and bake this for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Dip in veggies, crackers, chips, cubed hard bread or
soft cubes.  More party food.