Wednesday 13 April 2016


Deciding what food to have at Isabella's first birthday party wasn't easy. We were hosting about 35 adults and 6 children/babies, all within limited space. We therefore needed food that could easily be picked up, no need for cutting or preparing (ie. cheese board and bread) and that catered for all dietary requirements. I love hosting and thrive off this kind of challenge, it was also a welcome distraction from returning to work too. 

We decided to do a combination of homemade party food and shop bought, therefore making it more manageable for us. If it was possible I would have cooked everything, but time was limited prior to the party (we had to make lots of trips to various food shops, had two first birthday parties to go to and I was getting ready to start properly back at work). This ended up working really well for us and meant I could enjoy making various things for our guests to enjoy. For the baby party food we wanted things that weren't too messy to eat, full of goodness and tasty too. I did consider savoury muffins, but they can be a bit messy so we settled on flapjacks. They can easily be broken up into bitesize pieces and are full of nutrients!
Adult's Party Food
Chorizo and roasted red pepper tarts
Mushroom and leek tarts
Prosciutto, fig and rocket tarts
 Goats cheese and caramelised onion tarts
Potato salad
Tomato, mozzarella and pesto salad
Harissa roasted vegetable couscous salad
Carrot, Chickpea and Bulgar Wheat salad from Marks and Spencers
Pasta, Spinach and Pine Nut salad from Marks and Spencers
Warm slices of granary and white baguettes
Sticks of cucumber, celery, carrot and red pepper
Mini lemon tart flowers
Mini victoria sponges
Birthday cake
Completely edible flower pots 
(half with straberries in and half with caramel in)
Two-bite brownies
Macaroons from Lidl
White chocolate flower bark
Baby's Party Food
Soft cheese sandwiches
Carrot and cheese savoury flapjacks
 Organix cheese stars
Cucumber flowers
Apple and apricot flapjacks
Baby friendly birthday cake (recipe here)
What's your favourite party food?

Feel free to leave a comment :)

Helen x
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  1. This looks sooo good! You put a lot of effort into this it must have taken you ages to prepare, so beautifully laid out too. Hope everyone had a lovely time, especially the birthday girl - happy birthday Isabella! x #BloggerClubUK

  2. This looks like such a lovely spread! I'm sure everyone had a great time, especially with that birthday cake! It's gorgeous. Saying hello from #sharewithme

  3. This looks like a fantastic spread. My partner was a chef for many years so normally takes over this side of parties, we love a good quiche, little puff pastry tarts and he makes some amazing sausage rolls. I'm currently planning my little girls 2nd birthday with a peppa pig theme, so lots of fun with the food. I'm making some jelly with a little orange piece in for goldie the fish! Little mini baskets for the fruit and lots of ther treats. Thanks for sharing a beautiful first party post! #brillblogposts

    1. Aww wow that sounds amazing! Hope your little girl has a lovely 2nd birthday :)

      Helen x

  4. Wow that all looks so good! I love those little flower pots! Super cute! Thanks for linking up to #TheList x

  5. Wow wow wow! What an amazing spread! Not only does your food selection sound amazing, it looks totally gorgeous! Well done on your presentation! I thought I had emailed the hotel directly.

  6. Wow what a gorgeous display of yummy food. I love it and well done lady!!! So impressive. Thanks for sharing #ShareWithme


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