I love planning birthday parties, BBQs or holiday events. It’s a little stressful before everyone arrives but I love having people over at my house to celebrate with delicious food, cute decorations and everyone have an amazing time. Lily’s birthday party is this weekend and we are just finishing up the food menu for everyone. Since the party is at 3pm, we are having more of an hors d’oeuvres spread with easy to eat snacks, fruits, veggies and other light offerings. If I’m not hosting the party, I’m usually the one that brings the fruit or veggie trays because I want to make sure there is always something healthy for me to snack on. This time, I wanted to liven up the typical boring display and make Elmo & friends platters. What kid doesn’t love Elmo? I figure we can sneak in some fruits and vegetables into these little ones in a fun way! You can choose any of the Elmo characters that your little ones love. These are all easy to assemble and easily customizable to what your toddlers enjoy to eat in the fruit and vegetable department. For my platters, I picked Elmo (because you have to have Elmo!) and Oscar the Grouch because Oscar was always my dad’s favorite character on Sesame Street.
Elmo & Oscar the Grouch Fruit & Vegetable Platters
-2 12″ round platters
-1 clam shell of strawberries, tops removed
-1-2 cups chopped watermelon
-4 oz blueberries or blackberries (I used blackberries)
-1/2 cucumber, sliced
-1/2 orange, peeled and segmented
-3 cups broccoli, broken into bite sized pieces
-4 oz blueberries or olives (I hate olives so I used blueberries)
Place all the strawberries & watermelon onto the plate. You can mix them all up or keep them sectioned, like I did. Strawberries on the right, watermelon on the left. Once all the red fruit is on the platter, create a half circle opening in the fruit mixture for the blueberries or blackberries. Add the 4 oz of blackberries. Add the orange segments above the mouth to create the nose of Elmo. Now take a few slices of cucumber and pierce it with 1/2 of the toothpick. Place a blackberry on the tip of the toothpick top to create the eye. Repeat creating the eye with a few more cucumber slices and blackberry. Place the two cucumber eyes above the nose to complete Elmo’s face.
For Oscar the Grouch:
Place all the broccoli onto the plate trying to keep the florets upright to show off the vibrant green color. Create a half circle opening in the fruit mixture for the blueberries or blackberries. Add the 4 oz of blackberries. Add a few slices of watermelon on the blueberries in the mouth to create the tongue of Oscar. Now take a few slices of cucumber and pierce it with 1/2 of the toothpick. Place a blueberry on the tip of the toothpick top to create the eye. Repeat creating the eye with a few more cucumber slices and blueberry. Place the two cucumber eyes above the nose to complete Oscar’s face.
Are you planning a kid’s birthday party soon? Do you have a theme? I think Elmo & Oscar can fit in at any party, not just kid’s parties right? I’m totally going to bust one of these out at my next party, just to see if anyone notices, haha!