Green Eggs And Ham Party
Last weekend I held a Green Eggs and Ham Birthday Party. My eldest two boys Riley and Connor love the book by Doctor Seuss! Sebastian was turning One and my birthday is a week later. So I thought rather than have a traditional baby boy theme, it would be fun to have a party inspired by a book that we all would enjoy.
Now every year I ask my boys "what theme would you like for your birthday" and every time after the event I say.. "next year there will be no party. We're just having a cake" lol. It's a temptation i just can't say no to! I love giving creative things a go (despite my lack of time management) and party's are a great event to be creative with. Each year I convince myself that I will be more organised or I'll only do little bits of this and that. Only when the event arrives, I realise just how much I've taken on. Somehow I managed to push through this party without the usual stress that accumulates. This can be partially contributed to my awesome Husband who gave a loving smile and helping hand all day! My vision looked nothing like my brainstorm nor did it make the timeline i hoped for but I had lots of helpers and eventually sat down with my champagne!
There are loads of Green Eggs and Ham or Doctor Seuss party inspiration on Pinterest. So much so that looking at all the cool ideas did my head in a little. My plan was to stick with a colour theme and try to provide lots of healthy green food.
I was too busy in the kitchen so there are little to no photos from our party but here are a few Green Eggs and Ham related items we had to enjoy.
Green Eggs and Ham Scrolls:
They went super fast and easy to make! Devil eggs coloured with avocado and a hint of green food colouring. Ham and mayo sandwiches with the crust cut off. Sliced into 4 or 5 strips and rolled up to look like a scroll.
I found a Spider-Man cookie cutter set at Big W for $2. I used the face shape cutter for the ham cookies by reshaping it to look like the ham in the book. I tried for a fried egg shape and really didn't like any of my attempts so just stuck with circles and hams. I made a large batch with this recipe from The Bearfoot Baker earlier in the week so I could ice them before the party. With permission, (foolishly optimistic about the time i had) the kids and Hubby polished them off.. The fresh batch I made using this recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction were plan too and disappeared quick! I will try this royal icing with my leftover cookie dough soon and post a pic!
Green Toffee Apples:
The kids were excited to eat these! I got the recipe from this site. Do not freeze lol! We had no room in the fridge at the time so we moved some of them to the freezer and forgot about them. Thawing (time) made the toffee melt :(
Darrell Lea's Chocolate bb's:
These chocolates are one of my favourites. They are balls of chocolate coated in coloured flavoured shell. I collected a number of bags while on sale. Green (mint), Orange (orange) and Blue (coconut). Can't have a party without chocolates and these delicious balls were a perfect fit!!
As this was an afternoon/evening family party; I had Smash Potatoes, Green Beans, Broccoli and Orange Marmalade Glazed (Green) Ham on the menu. Super easy to precook veggies and the ham is quick and tasty! The hubby came home with a leg of lamb instead of a large leg of ham :( despite the time delay the roast he made was scrumptious :)
The most time consuming aspect of a party is making your own cake! This years cakes were very laughable!! I say cakes because there were three!!! I made one on the Thursday for Sebastian's actual 1st birthday. Then I made his Party Cake and my Party Cake. Waaayyy too much cake!!!
I normally use Cream Cheese filling and Fondant to decorate. As most of my family dislike fondant I thought I'd try Butter cream this time..
Not a choice I would like to make again. It's very time consuming and I just didn't have that time or the patience to decorate these cakes with Buttercream. Sebastian's 1st Birthday Cake was made with Cream Cheese filling and Buttercream icing (too sweet for us!)
I decided to make his Party Cake and mine with Cream Cheese Buttercream for filling as well as icing. I wanted it smooth so I just slapped it on instead of pipping and used glad wrap to help smooth it out. The cake is not brag worthy in appearance however the flavour never fails me. The Cream Cheese Buttercream is perfect for cupcakes but not something I would like to use on a cake again. I much prefer to work with fondant to decorate a cake.
Green Eggs and Ham Pinata
Riley and Connor enjoyed making this Green Eggs and Ham Pinata with me during the school Hoildays leading up to the party. I used cardboard collected from our ALDI shopping, crepe paper, lots of sticky tape and a black marker. It was one of my longer lasting Pinatas I've made. Because of the shape the treats came trickling out with each hit!
Pin The Ham On The Plate
All I used was white cardboard from Officeworks. A black texta for the ham outline & cutouts, plate and egg whites. A green texta for the egg yoke and green paper for the ham cut outs. Super quick to draw. The children didn't notice but our hams were back to front (ahaha) and Sebastian thought it was food..
The following day we went to the Big Banana. It was our first visit and we had a lot of fun despite the lack of sun for part of the day. Next birthday party will be at the Big Banana!!!
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