"It's terribly kind of you owl, but no - I'm going to have tea with a gruffalo"
It was Burton's 3rd birthday last Sunday (15th)
I decided several months ago that I would use the Gruffalo and Gruffalo's Child stories as themes for his party food. For a while now I have had my list of what foods I could use for things such as scrambled snake, gruffalo pie and roasted fox. The only thing I had been worried about was how on earth I would be able to make a Gruffalo themed birthday cake. Thankfully, Burton decided about a month ago that he wanted something different for his cake *heaves huge sigh of relief*
(how to make a rainbow chocolate cake to follow)
Anyway, here is how I went about creating Burton's birthday tea with a gruffalo.
".........he's down by the lake eating gruffalo cake...."
I chose to make individual rice crispy cakes, but little chocolate cupcakes would have been perfect too. Then I simply decorated each one to look like the gruffalo's face
"and his favourite food is owl ice cream...."
using the ice cream cone cupcake recipe that I posted here I then decorated each cone as follows
"...... he is somewhere nearby eating gruffalo pie"
rather than make actual pie, I made mini muffin pizza's instead as I thought these would appeal to children more. Again, I tried to decorate each one with a gruffalo face as shown below
"...and his favourite food is scrambled snake"
an easy one, popcorn mixed with jelly snake sweets
Here are some of the other foods mentioned in the stories
The log pile house could have been chocolate mini rolls but I wanted to have more savoury snacks,
and gruffalo crumble could have been mini apple crumbles, but again I felt that strawberries and meringues had more child appeal.
Other foods I used for the party included
green grapes - ."..poisonous warts at the end of his nose"
purple grapes - "....purple prickles all over his back"
cheese chunks - .."terrible teeth"
bread sticks - branches
I really enjoyed putting it all together despite how tiring it all was. However, next time I host a children's party I must remember not to make as much food, because I had a lot left over!!