Happy Monday! Hope your weekend was a glorious one! Were you like us in North Carolina, socked in by a ton of rain? Even though it made going around town difficult (no one likes running errands when it’s pouring buckets!) I’ve really been enjoying the rain. Nothing more relaxing than listening to the rain falling.
For this week’s menu, I’m choosing the lazy route. We have Elizabeth’s 2nd Birthday coming next weekend, and family starts rolling into town on Friday. So all the prep work before they arrive will keep me zooming around all week. I don’t want to cook! Plus, I need to start making a little space in the fridge and freezer for party food. So we’ll be having some random, cobbled together meals, and plenty of take out. (Hooray!)
So instead of the usual weekly menu, I thought I would share what the Birthday menu will look like!
The party will be based on Elizabeth’s favorite show, Daniel Tiger! If you’re unfamiliar, it’s a show based on Mr. Rodger’s Neighborhood. It gives me warm squishies whenever we watch it.
We decided on a Sunday brunch time because brunch is perfect with small kids. They come, eat and play, and then home for nap! Meanwhile, I can then have the rest of the day to clean up and relax with family. The perfect solution! Really, a Daniel Tiger Birthday Brunch is the best kind of toddler birthday party.
All of the food I chose for the menu is (loosely) inspired from foods they eat on the show. I also wanted to make sure there was a variety of sweet and savory brunch foods, and all the food had to be kid friendly! Not to mention everything needs to be easy to eat. We’re expecting over 30 people, including kids, so not everyone is sitting at a table!
Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole
Strawberry “Pancake” Muffins with Strawberry Butter
Baked Oatmeal with Blueberries
Assorted Fruit Platter
OJ Strawberry Punch
Coffee, Tea & Water
Birthday Cake – Vanilla Cake with Strawberry Filling and Buttercream Frosting
(Pinterest, where all my recipes are kept, is acting sluggish. Links to recipes are coming!)
The best news? Basically everything can be assembled ahead of time! I can prep the casseroles the night before and just pop in the oven before party time. I can make muffins and the spreads in advance (shoot, you can even freeze them!). And the cake will be done the day before the party. Easy!
What are some of your favorite, make ahead brunch items? I may need to squeeze in a few more foods 😉
Need more ideas for dinner? Especially since I didn’t give you any today…
Follow my Pinterest board – it’s where I save all of my dinner ideas!