Can you tell I love to reminisce about our daughter’s first birthday party? I hope these posts aren’t too repetitive or annoying, but I wanted to share everything consecutively and each post reminds me of another element of the party I enjoyed putting together. Check out my initial post on how the theme and party came together.
As you know, food is a huge part of our lives, so naturally I spent months thinking through the food we’d serve to our family and friends. I wanted the menu to fit with the theme and decided to chose a handful of bite size eats, but also filling tea party foods.
I made a main menu, dessert menu and drink menu in PowerPoint using a free font I found on Etsy and glued each piece of paper to a stained piece of wood. To add a finishing touch, I wrapped burlap twine around the top and bottom. See the pictures below.
Everything we had at the party was homemade. It took a lot of time, but seeing everyone (including our daughter) enjoy the food was so special. A huge thank you to those who brought dishes to the party – it was such a huge help! Below is the main menu with links to recipes (where applicable):
- Pesto pasta salad (mom’s recipe – pesto pasta with feta and tomatoes)
- Pimento cheese sandwiches (mother-in-law’s recipe)
- Potato salad (nonna’s recipe – I plan on posting it in the coming months)
- Spanakopita (yiayia’s recipe – will also post it in the coming months)
- Harvest pasta salad
- Chicken salad sandwiches
- Egg salad sandwiches
- Goat cheese sandwiches
- Puff pastry pizzas
- Three herb deviled eggs (recipe from The Perfect Egg cookbook)
- Sriracha deviled eggs (recipe from The Perfect Egg cookbook)
- Wild mushroom and gouda quiche (recipe from The Perfect Egg cookbook)
- Quiche Lorraine (recipe from The Perfect Egg cookbook)
- Watermelon salad
- Caprese skewers
And of course, the best part, the dessert menu:
- Strawberry shortcake in a cup (layered cubed angel food cake, whip cream and strawberries)
- Rice Krispie treats
- Mini cheesecakes
- Lemon blueberry cake
- Salted dark chocolate macaroons
- Berry butter cake
If you find inspiration from this post, don’t forget to tag #marinamakesdiy!