If you're hosting a birthday party soon and don't have time to make homemade treats, there are several snacks on the shelves of your local grocery store that will make impressive party fare and edible favors. Store-bought snacks can save you a considerable amount of time and stress, and adding a few colorful or tasty presentation elements will make the snacks especially appealing to guests.
Purchase a dozen or so large sugar cookies to give the guests as party favors at your child's birthday celebration. To personalize the desserts, buy a tube of icing in your little one's favorite color and ice the cookies with the words "happy birthday" and the child's name; let the sugar cookies dry before wrapping them in cellophane or plastic wrap in colors that match the party decor. Alternatively, pick up a few boxes of mini doughnuts pre-decorated with colorful icing from the grocery store and stack them on a tray to resemble a layered birthday cake. You can serve the doughnut tower with the other birthday snacks, or hand them out as edible favors when the party is over.
Birthday Treat Bags
Create a sweet mix of goodies from store-bought items candies and treats like honey roasted peanuts. Fill tiny paper bags with the treat mixture for a party favor kids can enjoy as they're leaving the celebration. Alternatively, send party-goers home with a salty combination of foods like mini pretzels, potato sticks and barbecue-flavored almonds. Purchase bags in the colors that match the party decor, and buy stickers shaped like the first initial of the guest of honor's name to adorn each bag.
Color-Coordinated Birthday Fruits
Snacks from the grocery store include naturally healthy treats as well; an assortment of sliced fruits are perfect for your little one's celebration. Choose fruits that match his birthday decor colors, like red and green apples if those are his favorite shades, or an assortment of blueberries and plums if purple and blue are the main decor hues. Add sophistication to a fruit platter for older children or adults by purchasing strawberries, kiwi, pineapple wedges and chopped mango. Add all the fruit to skewers for sweet kebabs. Purchase a pre-made fruit dip to serve with the kebabs, or mix honey, a dollop of cream cheese, and a sprig or two of basil together in a bowl to drizzle over the fruit.
Birthday Cake Accents
Grocery store snacks will also make the birthday cake stand out and add extra color and flavor to the main dessert. For instance, crush a handful of chocolate cookies and stick the crumbles around the border to add crunch and chocolate flavor to an iced strawberry or vanilla birthday cake. If you've used cream cheese icing for the cake, sprinkle crushed graham crackers on top of the cake and add sliced strawberries so the dessert will taste similar to cheesecake. For a fruit-flavored cake with white icing, purchase gummy fruit snacks in your child's favorite flavors and colors to line along the cake's border.
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