Garden Party Grub

garden party grub

As  you know from many of my previous posts, I enjoy throwing birthday parties for my kids. I love the cakes, themes, invitations, and decorations. Bay-bay turned 3 last month and we had a garden party theme. With our newest little one being only 2 months old, I cut myself a break and bought the decorations and invitations at the Dollar Tree. We went with a cute butterfly theme.

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While the invitations weren’t homemade, I did purchase some flower and rainbow stickers and let her decorate the back of each invitation and envelope which gave it a more personal touch.   She loved scribbling next to the stickers and several guests commented how cute it was. I had to laugh at how simple it was and how much fun she had doing it. I usually want everything to be flawless, but her scribbles couldn’t have been more perfect. I wish I would have taken a picture!

At Bay-bay’s request we served hot dogs and macaroni. My bff also helped me prepare this adorable snack tray with butterfly crackers and pretzels and flowers cut out of cheese. The crackers and pretzels came from Target.

butterfly and flowers

Finally, I made a dirt cake. This recipe from The Happier Homemaker claimed to be the best dirt cake ever. I was skeptical, but it did not disappoint. It….was….so….gooooooood. In my opinion, the French Vanilla pudding really sets it apart from other dirt cake recipes. MMMMMM. I doubled the recipe to fill my punch bowl-sized container. I was so glad to have leftovers!

dirt cake

The Happier Homemaker’s Best. Dirt Cake. Ever.

1/3 cup butter
1 8 oz container of Cool Whip
1 package Oreos
2 packages French Vanilla Jello Instant Pudding
8 oz container Cream Cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
3 1/2 cups milk
  1. Cream together butter, cream cheese, and powdered sugar.
  2. In a separate bowl whisk pudding, milk, and Cool Whip.  Add in cream cheese mixture.
  3. Crush Oreos.
  4. Layer cookie and pudding mixture and chill at least 2 hours before serving.

I put the oreos in a ziploc bag and let the Bear go to town with a mallet. He loved it. We added the gummy worms because what’s a dirt cake without gummy worms?

Next month is the Bear’s birthday. I’m still trying to work out the theme, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be making some of Lauren’s caramel popcorn to serve! I’m open to suggestions…..

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