Carnival Birthday Party Food

posted on: Monday, March 30, 2009

I have a lot of ideas to share with you today as I clean up the remainders of Enzo's birthday party. Our son turned 3 and we had a fun day celebrating his birthday with lots of his buddies from preschool, Family Student Housing, and Church. The theme was Carnival and I wanted to create a menu that was simple for me to make and also simple for the kids to eat. Here are some of the things I came up with.

I made rice krispie treats and cut them out into bite sized squares. I then covered them with sprinkles just to add some color. I used the traditional rice krispie treats recipe and made one modification. Instead of using 6 cups rice krispies cereal I used 5 cups. I like it when it's a bit more chewey. Plus, I made these the day before so I knew it woul be harder the next day anyway.

I made my recipe of apple peanut butter crunch and I used the granola recipe I shared with you a little while back. I wanted to make something healthy-ish and I think this is a good healthy and easy to make treat. To be totally honest I had plenty of rice krispie treats left and no apples. I also set it up on a cutting board which made it easy for the kids to access.

My son is addicted to popcorn and it's a fun carnival food so I borrowed a popcorn popper from a friend.

Popcorn is so easy to make, especially with a popcorn popper. It was s success because mainly the kids just wanted to play in the park and they liked walking around with their popcorn baggies and being able to set it down by the swings.

The mini veggie hamburgers and cheese burgers were my favorite because it was the easiest to make. I bought Morning Star vegetarian sausage patties at costco and Hawaiian sweet rolls. I had to warm up the patties for 7 minutes in the oven which gave me plenty of time to cut the bread. I put the patties in the bread, a slice of cheese and voila!

We also made homemade mini pig-in-a-blanket. I basically just wrapped half of a hotdog with bread dough and baked for 15 minutes. I used my Easy Roll recipe for this.

I decided to make little place cards to identify all the food mainly for fun. You can find free fonts for this kind of stuff here


Since the theme of the party was Carnival we had some easy games for the kids to play if they want to and then as prizes/goodie bags I let the kids fill a baggie with each of the prizes above. I'm usually against goodie bags because by the end of the party they're already all sugared up and then the goodie bag is full of candy. So I went to the dollar store instead and loaded up on some little plastic toys. I wanted to give the kids (and parents) a chance to put whatever they wanted in their goodie bags so as not to get a bunch of random toys they'll never play with. No one wanted pencils but they all liked the rubber insects and the platic rings which I thought no one would want was a hit with the girls and the boys.

The highlight of the menu (and the party) was the awesome train cake that Christian made. I'm glad he's the baker around here because I am no good at making cakes.

Happy birthday Enzo!


  1. Da nossa imagino que o Enzo teve o melhor aniversario!!! Queria ter estado ai com vcs.

  2. Oh my gosh I might have to steel your cake Idea. Ofa's birthday is may 2nd and He LOVES Trains. I was trying to think of a creative way to make a train cake. I've been inspired!

  3. Ofa would love a train cake. You should make it for him. The Engine is made from a Jelly Roll recipe. It's a Brazilian recipe and I'd be happy to send it to you. It's pretty easy to make. Instead of filling it with jelly Christian filled it with his homemade whip cream recipe and then froze the cake before decorating it. It unfroze before the party except for the whip cream, which is exactly how we wanted it because it felt like an ice-cream cake.
    The Enzo train car and the caboose was made from a chocolate cake mix in two square pans. Christian cut the square in half and filled the middle with cream and strawberries and then froze it as well. The wheels are oreos and left over girl scout cookies. Not too complicated. But then again, I would never even attempt it.

  4. Happy Birthday, Enzo!!!

    Damaris, what a fun party! I loved the recipes and theme! I am totally going to make rice crispy treats with sprinkles!!!

    Sending much love,

    Rebekah and Matthew and Caleb!

  5. Everything looks so yummy and yummy for kids. Good Job!

  6. Crazy that you had time to do this. And the energy.Those rice krispy treats look so yummy, and I hate sprinkles.
    I actually usually go opposite-- I put more cereal than it says to. Not sure how that changes it but it always seems like I need more when I make it.

  7. It wasn't hard especially since I had a whole week off. Plus I've been feeding the kid cereal and quesadilla for the past couple months so I figured he deserved some variation on his birthday.

    hawaii is so humid that's probably why you add more cereal

  8. That food all looks scrumptious. I wish I could've been there LOL

  9. what a fun party! thanks for the great ideas. those apples look very yummy. i bet enzo had so much fun. i bet you did too!

  10. yes. send me the recipe for the cake please! I will be attempting to make work.

  11. You are so awesome!! I love the party food and everything!

  12. Congrats Enzo on another year and wonderful parents!

  13. What an amazing birthday! Everything looks so delicious and fun to eat for kids. You are an awesome mom! Happy Birthday Enzo.


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