Today my little preschooler has a St. Patrick’s Day party. And this time we signed up for fruit. Figured that one shouldn’t be too bad.
Brainstorming our options, this is what we came up with…
A rainbow of strawberries, oranges, pineapple, kiwi, blueberries, and grapes!
A cloud of super yummy (but I’m afraid not too healthy) fruit dip!
And of course…
A pot of “gold”…
Put it all together and this is what you got!
A pretty straight-forward, easy St. Patty’s Day themed fruit platter for the munchkins to enjoy.
I thought about skewering the fruit to make individual rainbows, but decided against it on two counts:
1) Skewer + Preschooler = Potential Weapon
Potential weapon = Potential injury
Potential injury = Mommy getting in trouble
Oh, but the child getting injured thing is the important reason…of course.
Anyways, back to why I decided against the skewers…
2) This way the kiddos can have as much or as little of the various fruits as they choose.
Secret reason #3…
It takes less time to throw together! =)
Okay, so I think creating the rainbow fruit part is pretty self-explanatory.
As for the gold pineapple coins, I suggest cutting off a couple sides of one pineapple and using a corer, like a cookie cutter, to create small cylinders (or you could just use a knife and cut around something small and round like me). The cylinders can then be sliced into thinner coins.
For the totally indulgent, life-shortening dip, here you go…
(WARNING: This is sweet and yummy. Little fingers helping you may be tempted to dip and lick! Not that this happened to me…ahem.)
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese (softened) *I used 1/3 less fat cream cheese
3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
1/4 tsp. vanilla
1/8 tsp. lemon juice
Mix the softened cream cheese and confectioner’s sugar. Then add lemon juice and vanilla.
Beat the dickens out of it til’ smooth and creamy! And…
Use immediately or cover and refrigerate.
Now, the presentation…
I went to the party store, bought a plastic blue platter to represent the sky (but don’t feel this is necessary). And also grabbed a small black bowl for my “pot o’ gold”. If you’re lucky, your party store will actually have a pot-shaped black bowl. Mine did…one too big…one too small! Hence, the regular bowl!
Then I used slightly funny shaped bowl for my cloud. Think they call it a “cabbage bowl”? I dunno… Again, not completely necessary. You could just use a small, white or clear bowl for your cloud.
Okay, I know I said I decided against the skewers, but I did get these cute little shamrock toothpick-like things for the kiddos to pick their fruit up.
BUT they have a BLUNT point!
(I know…could still be a weapon, but loooook…they’re cute and they say “Happy St. Patrick’s Day”. Sorry…couldn’t resist.)
Okay, so there you have it! A Rainbow & Pot o’ Gold Fruit Platter!
Before I go, two things I learned while doing this…
1) It’s not nearly as difficult to win over a preschooler with fruit as it is with veggies.
2) Cutting a whole fresh pineapple is a pain!…but totally worth the sweet juiciness! =)
From my partly Irish home to yours…
Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
P.S. If you want a traditional Irish meal for Saturday…check out my Corned Beef and Cabbage!