How was the party? I am intrigued by the mini-empanadas. It was actually my daughter's 10th birthday sunday and she conned me into our first ever slumber party saturday night. Memories of my slumber party when I turned 10 and I chipped my tooth on my dresser. Complete mayhem. Anyway, the party loud but a success. My organized daughter planned the whole thing - complete with a timeline which she posted! Of course that led to frustration when her guests ignored her schedule, but oh well. As for food, we kept it simple with pizzas, rice crispie treats, and I put out a crepes spread in the morning with fresh fruit and toppings.
Okay so my son, who is 7, is such a party animal that he somehow convinced me to throw him a half birthday party this weekend. Can you believe this kid? Anyway, I love a chance to get together with friends so while the kids watch a movie in their pjs, the adults will hang out and chat in another room. Question is, what should I serve? I'm thinking mini empanadas?
That sounds delicious definitely post the recipes. I remember having that Broccoli Salad at your house with the raisins and bacon that was sooo good! Plus everybody likes to feel light at a shower.
I love entertaining at home. I like to keep it casual and my rule is to make as much ahead of time as possible so I can enjoy my own party! A twist on basic recipes is really fun - sometimes I'll do a few different pizzas, cut into small squares on platters with a big salad - or even let guests make their own. I also like chilis and soups (like tortilla) where guests can choose from an assortment of toppings to customize their meal - crushed tortilla chips, shredded cheese, avocado, chopped tomato, etc.
I am actually having a shower/lunch this weekend at my house for 30 ladies in honor of my sister who is getting married next month. I am keeping it simple with 3 make ahead but tasty salads - one black bean and corn with cilantro and lime, one cous cous with chicken and currants, and one chopped salad with smoked turkey and mozzarella, salami, and garbanzo beans. I am going to put some naan bread on the the buffet with the salads, and some assorted cookies for dessert. Easy and delish. I will post pics.
You know what really gets me? When you finally do go out to eat and the food stinks. I went out with my girlfriends last night and being that it was Fat Tues, we picked a place that had a Mardi Gras price fix menu. It was so bad, the bread was stale, the fried oysters were greasy. It made me want to stay home and entertain instead. Oh and it wasn't cheap. It motivated me to plan a party soon. You can do so much at home with so little. What are your favorite party recipes?
I have not heard of Hint, but I am friendly with the folks at Honest, makers of Honest Kids. My kids like this drink, but I was always bothered by the fact that there was sugar in it. Cane sugar or refined sugar, I don't care, it's still sugar. So I was really pleased when the company revealed to me recently that they will be removing the sugar from the kids drinks and making it all about the juice and water. Good move. Kids seem to love these drinks, I think because the pouch makes them nice and cold, for one.
I was thinking about your son battling a bug and how it can be hard to get some kids to drink, especially when they are sick. Two of my kids actually would refuse to drink water, which was tough. I would seriously water down juice but still worried about the sugar in it when they had a stomach situation. One thing they all love is this Hint brand flavored water. Have you seen it? It is all natural, no calorie, unsweetened, very slightly fruit - flavored water (hence the name "hint'). It's delicious and perfect for the non-water drinkers out there, and a good alternative to sugary drinks marketed as "water."
Ugh. Sorry. If he has the stomach bug, BRAT diet is the way to go. If he is throwing up, you are right, the most important thing is to keep him hydrated - 1 teaspoon of water every 15 minutes until he keeps it down for 2 hours (at least that's what I follow from my pediatrician). Then water, plus dry toast.
If he has a cough, I always avoid dairy with my kids and again, keep them hydrated. Honey is also great as it soothes their throat without medicine. I try and get my kids to have warm water with lemon and honey when they have a bad cough. Posicles also are a treat that keep them hydated at the same time. As for food when they are sick, I try and follow their lead and make them whatever they feel like having! Good luck!
My son woke up with a croupy cough today. What do you guve your kids when they have a cold? I remember when they were babies it was always the BRAT diet-bananas, rice, applesauce and toast, but how about when they get older? My son doesn't like really anything that I think he should have, like chicken soup or orange juice, but what is most important? Some people think feeding them too much during an illness is harmful, which is a totally foreign concept to me. I think the important thing is that they stay hydrated, no matter what they drink. Ginger ale here I come.