It's impossible to believe, but our younger daughter, Mia, is turning 16 this week! Where did the time go? Just yesterday, I brought her home from the hospital right? I know anyone who is a parent/guardian of a child feels this same way but it's true, time flies! What to do? What to do? Have a Sweet 16 Birthday Party of course! What does a Sweet 16 Birthday party mean? Party food, that's what it means! Party food=fun.
The only type of foods kids seem to want these days at their parties is pizza so pizza Mia will get. Per instructions, we are ordering pizza, but, everything else I plan to make and do myself. Over the past days, we have hung lights and streamers. We have emptied furniture and moved furniture. We added chairs and props for a photo booth and organized special lights to create a party "mood." I have interviewed the Birthday Girl to see what drinks and dips and treats to serve and determined the night will be a crowded affair, guaranteed to promote a good time for all attending.
What am I serving besides pizza? I will serve two to three dips, my "Go To" Herb Dip, a Cheese Dip and my Spinach Dip. I will offer chips, pretzels, vegetables and crackers. We will have a variety of sodas on hand as well as water and a signature drink for the night. I will create a popcorn bar (with a variety of toppings) and make her favorite chocolate cake (the Wacky Cake) into cupcakes and also serve Crispy Rice Treats and a small assortment of fruits. I have been instructed to not do anything "fancy" or "over the top" so what Mia wants, Mia gets. I also thought it would be fun to offer "make your own" hot chocolate the kids can make in a pod machine. That's it. Done.
Please share what party food you make for your teenagers and maybe we can help each other think of some new treats.
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