There are many posts coming about the Fudgelet’s birthday parties. Yeah, Mr. Party Animal has had 3 parties all for himself. The first was a family/July 4 party back in Maryland, so it was not super Fudgelet-centric. But, then K and I did a family party for the three of us. I made cake, and not just any cake. He got a Momofuku Milk Bar cake. But, that’s nothing compared to the party we threw for our friends to celebrate with us. Over the few years of living here, my friends are basically K’s friends. He’s been here over a decade and all, so I took on his group with him, and love them, too. After getting pregnant, I wanted to meet some other moms/future moms. I ended up getting my own group of friends. Well, even though some people were unable to make it to the party, we still had 2 dozen people! Eek! It meant that I needed to make large amounts of foods to ensure everyone would be satisfied. Not a big deal, since I had been brainstorming food ideas for a while.
I got a nasty stomach bug the week before the party. It was so bad, that K stayed home from work one day to take care of both of us. It was everything I had to nurse the Fudgelet and lay on the sofa. I couldn’t eat much of anything, and felt horrible. It took a few days to recover, and that cramped my party prep. The Fudgelet also decided to throw in his own wrench by napping only once a day. Sigh. He always keeps me guessing.
Anyway, lots of party prep, not very much time…but it all managed to work out. So, what kind of food is easy for a baby’s birthday party with kids and adults, and can be prepared ahead of time (mostly)? Here is what I came up with:
- Cheese (cut the day of)
- Fruit (cut the day of–strawberries, blueberries, and bananas looked the best at the store, and are great for babies, but obviously you can do any fruit)
- Sugar cookies (made a couple days before, then frosted the day before)
- These cupcakes and this frosting
- Crackers, chips, and dips (I bought dips this time, instead of making any)
- Deviled eggs (hard-boiled the eggs a few days in advance in batches, and finished them the day before)
- Store-bought cake since we were having so many people
Now, for the deviled eggs, I don’t have an exact recipe, but I basically took 1 dozen eggs, hard-boiled them, peeled them, split them in half lengthwise, scooped the yolks into a bowl, and mixed them with….
- About 6-8 Tablespoons of mayonnaise
- 1-2 Tablespoons of spicy mustard
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- Pinch of sugar
- Dashes of salt, pepper, chili powder, paprika, onion powder, dried thyme, and Old Bay
After mixing it together and mashing with a fork until it is creamy, spoon a bit back into the egg whites. It should be enough filling for at least 22 of the 24 halves. Then, sprinkle with a bit more paprika and Old Bay.
Chill until ready to serve.