Three party recipes to impress your guests!

by vivmaughn13

With all the thought of other peoples birthdays recently, i had completely forgotten about mine up until a few days ago. My birthday is in less than three weeks away and I am having about 40 or so people over to my house to celebrate.

Because there will be so many people I won’t be providing full meals, only little snacks and party food which people are able to just grab at when they feel peckish.
I want my party food to be colourful, delicious but also impressive. I’ve been in search of pretty, easy to make, party foods which can be made the night before!

So since my last post on the beautiful rainbow cupcake recipe, I’ve been inspired in looking for some new colourful and sweet recipes for parties.

The first recipe I found that I loved, well, is so basic it isn’t much of a recipe at all actually! It’s one of the simplest things to make, and looks so pretty and colourful.

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RAINBOW ICE-CREAM WITH FAIRY DUST
MAKES 8
• 2 litres vanilla ice cream
• 250g packet skittles
• 12.5g packet wizz fizz
• 2 tablespoons 100’s and 1000’s

method:
1. Set ice cream aside in a large bowl to soften for about 15 minutes.
2. Roughly chop some of the skittles (so they aren’t all in big pieces) or put in food processor and pulse.
3. Using a large wooden spoon, fold skittles through ice cream until just combined (do not over stir or skittles colours will bleed)
4. Spoon ice cream mixture back into container and cover with lid. Put in the freezer to freeze over night.
5. Make fairy dust: combine wizz fizz and 100’s and 1000’s in a bowl.
6. Scoop ice cream into a bowl and generously cover with pre-prepared fairy dust.
– One of the best parts of this recipe, is that you can add whatever you want to your ice cream to flavour it however you like!

The next recipe I have chosen is a quick drink recipe which is so simple and colourful and can be improved and changed in an endless amount of ways!

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COLOURED SPIDERS
MAKES 4
• 8 scoops vanilla ice cream (or any other flavour you like)
• 1 litre soft drink (lime for green, raspberry for red, grape for purple etc.)
• 8 coloured snake lollies
• whipped cream (optional)

method:
1. Place 2 scoops of ice cream in each glass.
2. Top each glass with chosen soft drink.
3. Hang 2 coloured snake lollies over the edge of each glass.
4. Add a bendy straw and finish with a swirl of whipped cream if desired.

My third recipe I have chosen is a bit more complex than the previous two, and therefor takes a bit more preparation and effort to make. This cake looks absolutely amazing and with its and will definitely impress!

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SCIENCE EXPERIMENT CAKE
MAKES 1
• pre baked cake of your choice (chocolate mud cake is a good one!)
• 1 litre of lemonade
• 1/4 cup powdered gelatine
• 10 red frog lollies
• 5 blue snake lollies
• 250 grams softened butter
• 3 cups icing sugar mixture
• 2 tablespoons milk
• coloured gel food colour

method:
1. Make radio active jelly: grease and 8 cup capacity pudding steamer with oil. Heat lemonade in a saucepan over medium heat for 3 minutes or until warm. Transfer to a heat proof bowl, sprinkle over gelatine and whisk until dissolved.
2. Strain gelatine mixture into prepared pudding steamer. Cover and refrigerate for approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes or until thick and syrupy. Add frogs and snakes. Cover and refrigerate overnight to set.
3. Make buttercream icing: using an electric mixer, beat butter until pale and fluffy. Gradually add icing sugar mixture and milk, beating constantly until combined. Tint with food colouring.
4. Place cake on a board or large plate. Cover top and sides of cake with buttercream icing. After the icing sets a little (about 5 minutes in the fridge) place the jelly on top of the cake.
– I found the best way to do this was to tip it upside down onto a piece of baking paper, then when places on the cake lift the jelly and peel/roll back the paper until it is completely out.
5. Decorate the edges with jelly babies.

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