Beach Theme Party Food Part 2: Beach Ball Cake, Beach Cupcakes, Beach Sand Pudding and Jello Dessert

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Hello again lovely readers.  Part two of my beach theme party food series is focusing on deserts.  For this party I made a beach ball cake, beach cup cakes, and a beach dessert which is blue jello and a pudding dessert.  Here’s how I did it!

Beach Ball Cake

First thing you need to make a ball shaped cake is a ball shaped pan of course! You can get one of Wilton’s Sport’s Ball Pans in most craft stores or on amazon. Use your favorite cake recipe or regular old store mix and follow the directions inside the pan box for baking. It will also instruct you on cutting the cake so you can put the layers together. For the frosting if you want to pipe it like I did I would suggest making your own it stays so much better than store bought frosting and tastes better too! If you want a good frosting recipe look below:

Frosting Ingredients

Beach Ball Cake and Beach Cupcakes

Beach Ball Cake and Beach Cupcakes

Serving Size: 3 Cups- I would probably make at least 3 batches for your cake and cupcakes.

  • 1⁄2cup vegetable shortening
  • 1⁄2cup softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon wilton clear vanilla extract
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk or water

Decorating Instructions

  • With a serrated knife, slice a small piece of cake off rounded side of one half so that, when assembled, cake will sit level.
  • Ice smooth or cover this trimmed area with tip 16 white stars. Place this half with trimmed side down on serving plate. Make a dam on top of this half by squeezing out a band of icing about 3/4 in. high around the edge. With spatula, spread icing, jam, pudding or other filling in center.
  • Mix your frosting with you desired food colors. Around a half a cup of frosting for each color.
  • Position top half to form ball. Lightly ice cake in thinned white icing. Mark Beach Ball pattern with toothpick.
  • Use tip 3, frosting bags, and white icing to outline panels of ball. If you’d like to have lines in between your colors
  • Use tip 16 and a colored frosting to fill in some panels with stars.
  • Continue with each panel until your ball is complete.
  • Frosting under the ball is difficult I’m not going to lie!

Beach Cup Cakes

For your cupcakes use another cake mix or your favorite cake recipe and make a batch of cupcakes.  For decorating your beach scenes you will need creativity and the following:

What ever you have left over you can use to make beach dessert or put out at a snack table in sand pails and let people take them home as a treat!

Beach Sand and Water Dessert

For this fun dessert I combined this sand pudding recipe and regular blue jello into a 9 x 13 in pan.  To do this you first need to make your blue jello packet I used a double batch recipe.  Before I poured it into my pan I placed a 9 x 8 in pan inside of my 9 x 13 in pan at one side so that I could create room for my sand. I also made my jello about 3 hrs before I started to make my sand so that it had enough time to set so I could remove the smaller pan and add my sand into the larger pan in it’s place.  While the jello was setting I added Swedish Fish to the mix so that they appeared to be swimming.  They didn’t hold up incredibly well and I don’t really think they were needed. After the Jello set I removed the smaller pan, cut away any jello around the edges and, I put my sand inside the dish.  And decorated with all of my yummy snacks that I used for the cupcakes above.  To see how to make the sand please read below.

Ingredients

Beach Dessert

Beach Dessert

  • 1(15 ounce) package vanilla wafers
  • 2 Oreo cookies
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1⁄4cup butter
  • 2⁄3cup powdered
  • 2(3 1/2 ounce) packages French vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 3⁄4cups milk
  • 12 ounces  Cool Whip
Directions

  1. Add Vanilla Wafers and 2 Oreos to your food processor and crush until they resemble sand.
  2. In a smaller bowl, cream together softened 8 ounce cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar.
  3. In another larger bowl, mix pudding with milk.
  4. Add pudding mixture to the cream cheese mixture.
  5. Fold in all of the Cool Whip.
  6. Layer into your pan or into a sand pail in this order: sand, pudding, sand, pudding, etc.
  7. Allow to chill in fridge at least 1 hour before serving.
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Beach Theme Party Food Part 1: Pizza Snails, Beach Salad, and Swimmers in Towels

Beach Theme Party Food

For my son’s first birthday party I knew I needed some more substantial snack foods since our party was during the pre dinner part of the evening I made a few quick options that would be fine if they were left out and served cold.  With so much to do in one day to prepare for a party of 40 people I needed to have some quick and easy foods to deal with that the little ones might also like to eat. Here’s what I came up with!

PIZZA SNAILS 

Pizza Snails

Pizza Snails

These were so delicious my husband asked me if I could make them all of the time.  They were pretty easy to make too but kinda messy…

PREP TIME: 15 Min
TOTAL TIME: 35 Min
SERVINGS: 12

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 (13.8-ounce) tube of refrigerated pizza dough
  • Shredded or sliced Mozzarella
  • 2 ounces sliced pepperoni (if you want to make them with pepperoni I made a cheese and a pepperoni version)
  • Pizza Sauce
DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 12-cup muffin pan; set aside.
  2. Pat out dough on lightly floured surface into 15×9-inch rectangle. Place or spread cheese in two rows on long edge of rectangle, leaving 1/2-inch border; top with pepperoni if so desired. You can also add pizza sauce before rolling or you can decide to only use it for dipping (I added it and it was delicious but don’t use to much or it makes it hard to cut and bake) Roll up dough, starting from cheese edge, into 15-inch log.
  3. Slice log into 12 equal pieces. Place each piece into muffin cup. Bake 18-22 minutes or until golden brown and cheese is melted.
  4. Remove from oven; run knife around edges of each muffin cup to loosen. Cool in pan 5 minutes; remove to cooling rack.
  5. Serve hot or cold with pizza sauce or marinara, if desired. Store refrigerated.

BEACH SALAD

Beach Salad is actually just a simple Caprese Salad some sea shell pasta and “beach balls” tomatoes and mozzarella balls. This is another delicious treat and so so easy!  To make it easier for myself on a day where I had a lot going on I purchased some basil pesto and used that instead of making it myself.  A busy mom’s got to do what a busy mom’s got to do!

Beach Capreese Salad

Beach Capreese Salad

PREP TIME: 20 Min

TOAL TIME: 20 Min
SERVES: 4-6
INGREDIENTS
  • 8 oz pasta (I used shell pasta to make it a beach salad)
  • 1 cup (8 oz) small fresh mozzarella balls
  • 2 cups (10.5 oz) grape tomatoes
  • Basil Pesto- purchase a jar or also gather the following ingredients
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan
  • 2½ tbsp olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
DIRECTIONS
  1. Cook and drain your pasta according to package directions. Drain with cold water and set aside.
  2. If you are making your own Basil Pesto: in a food processor, combine basil, garlic, parmesan, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Pulse until everything is coarsely chopped and blended together.
  3. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine pasta, basil pesto, grape tomatoes, and mozzarella balls. Toss together until it is coated in the basil pesto. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!

SWIMMERS IN TOWELS

A classic pig in a blanket toped off my snacks I served so easy a child could do it! Well not my child he’d only just turned 1!

Swimmers in Towels

Swimmers in Towels

PREP TIME: 15 Min

TOAL TIME: 30 Min
SERVES: 40

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cans (8 oz each) refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
  • 48 cocktail-size smoked link sausages or hot dogs (from two 14-oz packages)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Unroll both cans of the dough; separate into 16 triangles. Cut each triangle lengthwise into 3 narrow triangles.
  2. Place sausage or cut up hot dogs on shortest side of each triangle. Roll up each, starting at shortest side of triangle and rolling to opposite point; place point side down on 2 ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown, switching position of cookie sheets halfway through baking. Immediately remove from cookie sheet. Serve warm.

5 Easy Summer Party Fruit Hacks

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Summer is here and that means there is a summer bbq or potluck happening every weekend.  If you’re looking for something fun to do with fruit this summer you’ve come to the right place.  Here are 6 amazing and easy summer party fruit hacks to try out!

Rainbow Fruit Kabobs – These yummy fruit kabobs are so simple to make you just skewer on the fruit in ROYGBIV order or go darkest to lightest. Which ever you may chose!

Watermelon on a Stick– Use a paring knife to break through the skin of the watermelon before inserting the craft/popsicle stick and there you go all done with this cute little treat

Chocolate Fruit Dip– Summer time is strawberry season and that means strawberries are everywhere!  So it’s time to look for fun things to do with them and this chocolate fruit dip is no exception!

Mini Fruit Pizza’s– Growing up I had a friend whose mom always made fruit pizza!  I always thought it was cute but I like this even more!  Mini fruit pizza’s where you add the toppings yourself!  It’s fun easy and kids will love making them for themselves! If you don’t want to bake the cookies and make the fruit dip your self just buy some sugar cookies and fruit dip at the store cut up your fruit and go!

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries– These are SOOOO easy to make, just mix together cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract and pipe it into your strawberries, top with a blueberry!  So easy and so patriotic as well!

 

4th of July Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

4th of july Cheesecake stuffed Strawberries
Need a reallllllyyy easy last-minute dessert for that 4th of July potlucks?  Make these 4th of July Cheese Cake stuffed Strawberries!!!

We got the recipe from the lovely Dessert Now Dinner Later Blog

All you need is:

  • 2 containers of large, fresh strawberries
  • 1 (8oz) package cream cheese, room temperature or softened slightly
  • ½ cup powdered sugar (I would add a little extra if I were you)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup fresh blueberries

Check out their blog for all the instructions!  SOOOOO EASY!!!!!!

4th of July Party Ideas

4th of July is right around the corner!  So why not check out this collection of fun 4th party ideas to get you going on your planning.
Free 4th of July Banner

Check out this free bunting banner HERE.

il_570xN.996307376_l3cpYou can find this kids 4th of July Printable Place Mat on our Etsy Site! 

 

 

 

4th of July Treat

Want to learn how to make this patriotic treat?  Click Here
4th of July Flag CookiesHow to Make Chocolate Covered Oreo Cookies

 

 

 

 

 

 

How about how to make these yummy 4th of July cookies? Click Here

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These flag themed foods are so easy to make!  Click here to find out more

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This flag is so easy to make find out more Click Here.