Hi there! I just wanted to share a few pictures and recipes from the Johnny Appleseed Birthday Party-Playdate Lauren and I hosted a couple weeks ago. With ten kids in the house it was a busy morning, so I wasn’t able to get a ton of great photos, but we sure had fun! Pictured above is the gingham-apple pennant banner I made. You can download the DIY PDF here if you’d like to make your own for any upcoming fall birthdays you’re planning on celebrating. (Just print, cut, hole punch, and string together.)
Of course, you can’t have a birthday party, or playdate, without snacks so here’s what was on the menu:
Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins:
My sweet friend Erin made these delicious muffins. Not only are they good, but they’re good for you too. Every single muffin was eaten, and I didn’t get a picture of them (boo!), but you can download her recipe here.
Another sweet friend, Jen, went apple picking over the weekend, so she made homemade applesauce. Yum! It was a huge hit with the adults and kids alike. I served up the applesauce in individual cups that I embellished with a printable apple party circle. I printed them on sticker paper and cut them out with a round punch. You can download the party circles here and print them on either sticker paper or cardstock. Note: Use party circles to make muffin or cupcake toppers. (Again, sorry-no picture!) Just sandwich a toothpick between back-to-back circles. (I find hot glue works great for holding these together.)
Apple Slices & Fruit Dip:
This dip is great with apples and other fruit (especially strawberries). It’s delicious, addicting, and super easy to make. It’s so easy I’m not even sure you can call this a recipe, but here’s how you make it:
8 ounces cream cheese, softened (regular, reduced fat, or fat free)
1 8 ounce jar marshmallow cream/ fluff
1 teaspoon vanilla
Place all ingredients in a bowl, and combine using an electric mixer. Chill and enjoy!
Click here for a PDF copy of the Fruit Dip recipe.
I had a hard time deciding on a sweet to make. You might recall I was between apple shaped cookies, apple rice krispy treats, and apple cupcakes. I fought the strong urge to make all three (I’m really working on being realistic and not doing too much.), and settled on cupcakes. It’s not a birthday party without cupcakes, right? To make things easy for myself (Again, working on that.) I used a box cake mix and canned frosting. I used gel food coloring to tent the white frosting, and I piped the leaves on using a Ziplock bag. The kids loved the pretzel “stems.”
Snacks alone don’t make a playdate. Now that Lauren and her friends are getting a little bigger crafts are a fun addition to our gatherings. I had so many great apple craft ideas to choose from. Unfortunately, it seemed like many of them involved paint, and we’re not quite ready for that yet. I’m becoming obsessed with hand-print crafts, so I decided on a project using paper handprints. Lauren wasn’t too keen on me tracing her hands. She was even less excited about me tracing her foot, but it was actually the perfect proportion for her tree’s trunk. We used a small apple craft punch and apple stickers for the fruit.
I think the final product was worth the struggle to keep her still. I glued her finished tree to a piece of 12×12 scrapbook paper and left spaces to add photos of her and her friends from the party. I think I’m going to start of scrapbook for all Lauren’s little crafts and other playdate mementos. On the companion page I included Lauren’s apple coloring sheet (coloring is bigt-ime fun for 1 year olds) and some extra paper hands that I couldn’t bring myself to throw away. I also left space for one more picture.