I like to keep my kids’ birthday parties on the simple side. I’m not really a great planner or crafter so I stick with what I know – food. All the rest is kept as simple as possible. This year I wanted to host the party at our local playground/splash pad. Maximum enjoyment for the kids without the stress of organizing activities. I asked the birthday boy what he wanted to eat and that took care of the menu planning for me.
Here’s what he picked.
Veggies, veggies and more veggies. He asked for far more veggies then I could possibly serve. The guy is a veggie monster. He would happily eat a salad for dinner any night of the week. I don’t know where he got it from but it helps me make healthier choices myself when my son chooses salad over nachos. I wanted the food to be handheld so we went with veggies and dip in cups, as inspired by Simple Bites.
Ham and cheese sandwiches. I decided to go with warm Ham and Cheese Sliders with a butter mustard glaze. These were AMAZING and definitely stole the show. I made some with white buns, some with whole wheat and some gluten free.
I’ll be sharing the recipe soon! You can find the recipe here.
Fruit! Of course. A picnic is not complete without it. We decided to serve them on skewers to make them more portable and to avoid grubby, sandy hands rummaging through all the fruit.
Blueberry Lemonade. Two of his favourite things in one drink. Tart and sweet = perfect summer beverage. Recipe
coming soon here.
After the eats (and during) everyone went off to play! This made the party very relaxed and I liked that the kids could come eat when they were hungry but also had the freedom to play as much as they wanted.
Then we had cake.
Max has been obsessed with everything police ever since his 4th birthday, so I’ve known for a long time that his birthday would have something to do with police. In the last couple months he’s also been very interested in space, and on any given day him and his little sister will fly off in a rocket ship to Police World to save people from bad guys. I love his imagination and wanted to capture it in his cake, so I tried my best to create Police World in outer space. He was beyond thrilled and loved watching/critiquing me make all the planets.
The cake flavour was lemon, and I used a half ball cake pan to bake the top “police world” tier.
Overall it was a really simple party that was very stress free for me. The birthday boy had so much fun playing at the park with all his friends but I still felt like I could make it personal and special for him by letting him choose the food and making the cake special, just for him.
Of course, it wouldn’t be an Alberta birthday without a rain shower in the middle of serving cake.
Running for shelter.
I can’t believe he’s five! Sniff. Sniff.