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Graham Cracker Cards

Frost some graham-crackers with vanilla frosting. Add red colored frosting in heart and diamond patterns on half the crackers, and use chocolate frosting to form clubs and spades patterns onto remaining half of the graham crackers. You can make a quick tool for this by clipping the corner from a zip lock bag and squeeze the frosting out the small hole.

Wand-erful Cookies

Cut some rolled out dough using a star-shaped cookie cutter. As soon as the cookies come out of the oven, and are still soft to the touch, carefully push a plastic straw between any two points of the star. This makes the handle for your wand. Frost the cookies with glossy icing. [To make glossy icing, sift confectioners' sugar into a bowl. Slowly add hot water, while mixing, until it becomes a smooth paste.]

Pretzel Wands

Microwave some choclolate frosting on HIGH for about 10 seconds or until melted then stir 'til smooth. Dip pretzel sticks in the melted frosting, coating them completely. Then roll the rods in candy sprinkles. Place on a foil-lined cookie sheet and refrigerate until frosting is set. Now, Microwave some vanilla frosting on HIGH for 10 seconds until softened and then dip 1 inch of each coated pretzel in the vanilla frosting. Place wands on foil and let stand until frosting is set (3 or 4 hours).

Ice Cream Bunnies

Scoop a large ice cream ball for each guest and roll the balls in shredded coconut flakes. Set each on a flattened cupcake wrapper. Use black jelly beans for the rabbit's eyes and a red jelly bean for its nose. Cut out "ears" from pink construction paper, or use halved sugar cookies for the rabbit's ears. Freeze until ready to serve.

Bunny in a Hat Cake

Place a 9 inch round cake, trimmed side down, on top of an 8 inch layer cake to form brim of hat. Frost with chocolate frosting. Now make a bunny head "poping out" of the hat. To do this, first make a "ball" by spreading a small amount of vanilla frosting on the cut surface of 2 trimmed custard-cup cakes and then place frosted surfaces of cakes together. Place ball on top of 9-inch round cake. Insert bamboo skewers through head and hat to secure it. A couple inches of the skewers will stick out the top. Stick cookies shaped like ears onto the skewers. Frost bunny head and ears with vanilla frosting. Cut a large marshmallow in half for paws resting on the brim of the hat. Cut a miniature marshmallow in half for the eyes. With just a little frosting, attach blue candies to marshmallows to finish the eys. Use licorice for whiskers. A nose can by made from cut fruit roll pieces, as well as the inside of ears and a bow tie.

Green Eggs & Ham

To make 12 "green eggs," you'll need six hard-boiled eggs. Slice eggs in half and scoop out the yolk. Mix the yolks with 2 drops of blue food coloring and 1 drop of yellow. Then add 1 tsp. prepared mustard and 1 Tbs. mayonnaise. Mix with a fork until smooth. Scoop the yolk mixture into each egg white half. Serve on a platter with bits of ham and let your guests help themselves.

Pigs in a Blanket

Slice hot dogs lengthwise and cut cheese into strips. Unroll croissants and stuff them with hot dogs and cheese. Roll croissants back up and bake as directed, or until golden brown.

Bugs-on-a-Log

Cut celery into about six-inch lengths and spread evenly with peanut butter. Put raisins ("bugs") along the length of the celery in an uneven pattern. You can leave the raisins off and let the children stick "bugs" to their very own logs at snack time.

Wizard's Cupcakes

Using a sharp, serrated knife, trim about an inch from the wide-end of some sugar cones. Sprinkle a work surface with powdered sugar. Pull off about a ping-pong ball-sized piece of fondant and knead until pliable. Sprinkle work surface with powdered sugar and roll fondant into a 5-inch round, 14" thick (don't flip it over). Using a paring knife, trim off edges to make it a triangle. Lightly brush one of the prepared cones with jam. Place fondant, powdered sugar-side up, onto a piece of wax paper. Place a trimmed cone at the edge of triangle, about half inch from tip and carefully roll fondant around cone. Trim off excess. Mix navy petal dust with a few drops of extract. Add extract a drop at a time until thin enough to paint smoothly, but thick enough to cover cones evenly. Paint cones with a small, flat brush. Dry for about 3 to 4 hours. To make the brim, tear off a small piece of fondant. Roll into an even shaped log, about 12-inch in diameter. Spread bottom of cones with more jam and attach brim to cone. Remember to match seams of brim with seams of hat. Hold a toothpick at an angle and gently press into brim to create fabric-like texture. Mix gold luster dust with extract and paint the hat with stars and lightning bolts. Dry completely. To assemble cupcakes, place a layer of frosting on cupcakes and top with wizard hats.

Animal Cookies

Have your partygoers decorate their own animal cookies! Make some sugar cookies, and use as many different animal-shaped cookie cutters as you can find. To make glossy icing, sift confectioners' sugar into a bowl; slowly add hot water, while mixing, until it becomes a smooth paste. Add different colors of food coloring to bowls of icing. Set the cookies, bowls with icing, sprinkles, and other toppings on the table. Let the kids decorate 2-3 animal cookies for themselves to eat later.

Freaky-Face Pizza

Split English muffins in half and top with prepared pizza sauce and shredded cheese. Place a muffin half in front of each child and let them decorate their pizza with pepperoni, sliced olives, mushrooms, green peppers or other favorite pizza toppings to make a silly face or a design that matches the party theme. Bake pizzas on a cookie sheet at 375F. for 5-10 minutes, or until cheese melts.

Jiggly Creatures

Purchase several packages of your child's favorite flavors of gelatin. Follow the directions on the package to make the popular "Jigglers, but use cookie cutters to create fun shapes that match your party theme.

Thanks so Munch

For a grap and go snack, combine your favorite treats in a large bowl (peanuts, licorice pieces, granola, pretzels, raisins, coconut, dried fruit, and any of your other favorites). Then, let your guests scoop out their own cupful of munchies.

Star Shaped Sandwiches

Make star-shaped sandwiches using a cookie cutter. Or, just cut triangular sandwiches and lay them out in a star-shaped arrangement. Just place the sandwiches in a circle with points facing towards the edge of the tray.

Dinasour Eggs

For the kid with a really BIG appitite. Boil 4 eggs for 15 to 20 minutes, until they are hard-boiled. Run cold water over the eggs. Then crack and peel carefully. Divide 1/2 lb. ground breakfast sausage into 4 equal portions and flatten each into a round, 5-inch patty. Wrap a patty around each hard-boiled egg, covering the eggs completely. Beat one raw egg thoroughly in a small bowl. Then, dip each sausage-wrapped egg in the raw egg mixture. Next, roll each egg in crushed saltine crackers, covering completely. Arrange the eggs in a shallow baking dish and bake 25 to 30 minutes, until sausage is no longer pink. Serve brontosaurus eggs warm or cold.

Candy Eggs

Melt vanilla chips in medium saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in frosting until well blended. Refrigerate 1 to 2 hours or until firm. Place decorator sugar on small plate. (if using more than one color use several plates). With hands, shape frosting mixture into 1-1/2" egg shapes. Roll in decorator sugar to coat. Place in paper candy cups or miniature paper baking cups. Store in refrigerator.

Scooby Snacks

Combine 1/2 cup of each of the following ingredients in a large mixing bowl with one egg: margarine, peanut butter, white sugar, and brown sugar; mix until well blended. Add 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour, 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 3/4 tsp. baking soda and 1/4 tsp. salt; mix well. Stir in 1/2 cup English toffee pieces and 1/2 cup chocolate chips. Chill dough for 1 hour. Roll dough into 1/2-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet coated with nonstick cooking spray. Flatten each ball with a fork. Bake at 375 F. for 10 to 12 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove from oven, cool and serve in a bowl.

Mossy Squares

Mix 6 drops of green food coloring with 1 Tbs. water. Place 3 cups of shredded coconut into a one-quart container and add the green-colored mixture. Cover the container and shake vigorously until the coconut is evenly tinted then set it aside. Melt 1 cup butter or margarine in a large saucepan and add 4 cups of marshmallows. Stir over low heat until the marshmallows are melted and the mixture is smooth. Tint the mixture bright blue using several drops of food coloring. Remove the pan from the heat and add 8 cups of a crispy rice cereal. Stir until evenly coated. With buttered hands, place mixture in a 9 x 12-inch baking dish that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Cover the mixture with green coconut and press firmly into place, compressing slightly. Store in the refrigerator an hour before serving. Cut into squares and serve at room temperature.

Cinderella's Dippy Coach

Scrape out the insides of a small pumpkin and after it's dried, fill it with your favorite dip. Arrange an assortment of freshly sliced vegetables on top of lettuce leaves around the pumpkin. You can place small toy mice next to the pumpkin to represent the groomsmen!

Speedway Platter

Build cars out of triple decker sandwiches! First remove the crusts and cut sandwiches in half diagonally. Place two halves together, holding them in place using two pretzel sticks for axles.If your sandwiches are made of meats and cheeses, use an olive at the end of each pretzel stick for the wheels. If you're making a P & J, use gum drops for wheels. Place the cars so they look like they're racing around the dish!

Monster Truck Muffins

Split English muffins in half and arrange on a cookie sheet. Spread beans on top of the muffin halves and sprinkle cheese on top of the beans. Cut hot dogs into thirds, then cut each lengthwise into four strips. Arrange 6 hot dog strips (for wheel spokes) on top of each muffin. Bake at 375F. for 10-12 minutes, or until cheese melts.

Rainbow Fruit Parfait

In a disposable plastic parfait cup, layer yogurt, granola, and fresh fruit (such as pineapple, blueberries, raspberries or strawberries). Top it all off with whipped topping. Be sure to serve with a long handled spoon.

Popcorn Ball Bags

Popcorn balls can be easy and fun to make. Just pop 2 and a half quarts of popcorn. Set it aside for a moment. Next, combine 1/2 cup corn syrup, 1/3 cup water, 1 cup sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a medium sauce pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves and mixture comes to a boil. Continue cooking until the mixture reaches a hard-boil stage (525 F.).Whisk in 1/4 cup butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla. If desired, add a few drops of food coloring. Pour mixture over popcorn and toss until popcorn is well coated. Spread mixture on large baking sheets or pieces of waxed paper and let cool slightly before forming into balls. When cool enough to handle, form popcorn balls and set them on pieces of cellophane. Gather excess cellophane at the top and tie with a ribbon.

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Heat either white or dark chocolate in a pan. The double boiler method works best because it keeps the chocolate from burning. Taking one strawberry at a time, dip with stems still attached into the chocolate. Dip only half of each strawberry into the chocolate. Lay dipped strawberries on waxed paper to cool.

Tea Pot Cake

Bake your favorite flavor of cake in a round ball cake pan. Roll the cookie dough and cut in the shape of two tea pot handles and spouts.When the cookies have cooled, place frosting on one tea pot handle cookie and stick the other cookie to it to double it's strenth. Do the same for the spout. After the cake has cooled, assemble it into a ball shape. Then press the handle and spout into the cake. Decorate your tea pot with icing.

A Really "Merry-go-round" Cake

To make a carousel cake, bake one 12-inch and three 8-inch round cakes. You will also need at least 7 unicorn-shaped cookies, and the same number of candy sticks and one large candy stick for the center of the carousel. A gingerbread house frosting is used to "glue" everything. To make the frosting, mix the following in a bowl: 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar, 1 lb. confectioners' sugar, and 3 egg whites. Mix for 6 or 7 minutes, and then refrigerate for about 20 minutes. The frosting should be thick and sticky. If it doesn't seem thick, add more sugar. Next, bake your cookies. Roll the dough thicker than usual, about 1/4" or so. Decorate the cookies with different colors of frosting and sprinkles. After they've cooled, place the 12-inch cake on a platter and spread with white frosting. Then on top of that "glue" the three 8-inch round cakes. Frost the entire ensemble with white icing. Now decorate the cake with a frosting tip. Stick the large candy stick in the top cake. Then, "glue" a candy stick to the back of each unicorn. When it's dry, place the cookies and candy sticks around the cake so it looks like a carousel. Cut pieces of ribbon to lace between the large central candy stick and the candy sticks with cookies around the sides. Glue the ribbon to the top of each candy stick. Add some frosted flowers to finish.

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