As you know, I love Spaceships & Laser Beams, a fabulous Etsy Collective selling DIY printable party supplies specifically for boys. When Stephanie contacted me with her amazing ideas for a toddler-friendly dessert table, I just had to share!
Stephanie’s son will be turning two this year, so in an effort to create a spread of sweets at his birthday party that all the moms will appreciate, she came up with some pretty great ideas for a winter snowman theme.
Stephanie styled the table, the Flurry of Fun Collection pictured here was created by Nicole, and Mike snagged these awesome photos! Stephanie says,
When scanning the blogosphere, I can find very few examples of appropriate sweets tables for toddlers. Specifically, tables that won’t get me dirty looks from the other mothers. I wanted to create a toddler dessert table that might provide a little inspiration for moms who are finding themselves in the same situation.
“No cake” cake pops – Instead of cake and chocolate, I wanted to offer up a high protein concoction. As two year olds don’t exactly have the most complex palette, I mixed peanut butter (no peanut allergy issues with my son and his close friends) with graham cracker crumbs, formed them into balls, piped on a tiny bit of white chocolate and popped these in the fridge to get nice and firm. But a safer option, if there is any question of allergies, would be almond or soy butter. And for an even healthier base you could crush one of your child’s favorite cereals and use it instead of the graham crumbs. (Don’t forget to remove the stick before giving to the little ones.)
Snowflake Pudding – This is actually a homemade rice pudding made from a recipe I found in a toddler cookbook. Doesn’t taste too bad either – which is good as the mom of any toddler knows you will be eating what he/she doesn’t.
Winter Crisp – This is a fruit cup that’s a combination of baked apples, blueberries and blackberries. For the crisp part, I wanted something quick, as I find I have no time these days. I crushed some pretzels, a little butter and brown sugar. The salty and sweet taste awesome together. But if I actually had some in the house, I would have probably just crumbled some granola bars and put it on the top.
Vegan cupcakes – I’ve been wanting to try my hand at vegan baking for a while. A very good friend of mine owns Goodness Bakeshop and kindly supplied this recipe. It was an easy way to try something (vegan baking) that felt intimidating. Here’s the link to the recipe »
Snowmen – I originally saw a version of these guys in Canadian Living magazine. Basically, I put one bocconcini ball on the bottom and cut another in half to use as the mid-section and head. The arms are stick pretzels. The nose is the end of a carrot. The hat is about a 1/4 of a radish. They’re fastened together using two sharp toothpicks, one through all three cheese balls and one through the radish and into the cheese. (Again, it should go without saying that the toothpick should be removed before giving to the little one.)
Fabulous ideas, aren’t they? Thanks so much for sharing, Stephanie!
Don’t forget, you can get your own DIY printable party goods (i.e. The Flurry of Fun Collection ~ $20) from the Spaceships & Laser Beams shop, where they believe “that happy childhoods are about making every day feel special” ~ so 5% of all sales goes to the YMCA Strong Kids campaign to help young boys grow in to strong young men.