The Barbie party revolves around getting ready for the fashion show, so the girls will want finger-foods that they can graze on in between getting their make-up done and trying on accessories. Mini-versions of popular foods are always a hit with kids, so serve up some platters of bite-sized sweets and savories. Some ideas include:
Fruit skewers: Spear assorted fruits on bamboo skewers for a portable fruit salad portion the girls can nibble on. Layer grapes, strawberries, orange chunks and pineapple cubes. Bananas and apples go brown quickly once cut, so they’re not the best choice.
Veggie skewers and mini-dips: Spear cherry tomatoes, zucchini rounds, baby carrots, baby corn, cucumber and celery chunks on bamboo skewers for easy dipping. Fill small paper cups with a selection of dips for the girls to grab: sour cream and onion, yogurt and dill, houmous.
Mini grilled cheese triangles: Use thin white bread and thin slices of white or yellow cheddar to make these grilled cheese sandwiches. When they’re fried toasty and golden, cut them crosswise into four triangles and pile them on a platter. Grilled cheese sandwiches are easy to whip up, kids love them (even the fussy eaters) and you can always make up another batch if they’re still hungry.
Assorted mini pizzas: Pizza is a perennial favorite at birthday parties, and mini-pizzas mean that there can be lots of different toppings for different tastes. Buy them premade for convenience, or load up mini pizza rounds with tomato sauce, mozzarella, and different topping combinations: pepperoni, mushrooms and green pepper, ham and pineapple.
Salty snack cups: Fill paper cups with an assortment of pretzels, kettle chips, salted peanuts, and goldfish crackers to create a portable, savory snack.
Candy snack cups: Fill paper cups with assorted pink and purple candies: pink popcorn, pink or purple foil-wrapped chocolates, pink strawberry marshmallows, pink and purple gumballs, gummies and sours.
Barbie Pink and Purple Punch: Serve this gorgeous, colorful punch in a big glass bowl and serve with a ladle. First, mix equal parts Welch’s grape juice and canned coconut milk together, pour into ice cube trays and freeze the night before the party. When the guests arrive, pour two liters of 7-Up, two liters of pink lemonade, a half-liter of cream soda and a half-liter of cranberry cocktail into the bowl, and float the bright purple ice cubes in the pink mix. You can also float frozen strawberries or cranberries in the punch, and for an added fizzy kick, drop a dollop in strawberry sherbet in each glass as you serve.