My son turned one last week, and the party theme was Pandas! I made a couple of cute panda food items that I wanted to share with you!
~ Frosted Cupcakes ~ Mini Oreos ~ Mini Marshmallows ~
I actually used boxed no-bake Oreo dessert* instead of cupcakes, but you can use anything you want. Use two mini oreos for the ears. Split a mini oreo in half and then cut one of the sides in half for the eyes. Use broken pieces of oreos to make the nose and mouth. Use a mini marshmallow half for the white part of the eyes.
This method could work to make different kinds of animal faces, depending on the color of the frosting and the color of mini cookies you use.
*If you use the Oreo dessert route, the instructions say to mix broken pieces of oreo in with the white puddingish part. I did this with half of it, but then left half of the mix pure white so the panda faces would be white. When I spooned the mixture into the cupcake cups, I put the crust on bottom, the oreo-mixed pudding in next, and then the pure white pudding stuff on top. Just in case you wanted to know!
PANDA FACE RICE BALLS
~ Sushi Rice ~ Olives ~ Toothpicks ~
Cook sushi rice as instructed on the package (the brand I used was Calrose) to make sticky rice. To form the rice balls, press the rice into a 1/4 measuring scoop. Stick toothpicks into the whole olives and place them as ears. (If you are concerned with small children finding the toothpicks, remove them before serving, or use another way to fix olives to the rice. You could use pretzel sticks or straws/coffee stirring straws). Place olive slices for eyes, nose, and mouth. Serve cold.
Serve with a dipping sauce your family will enjoy. I used some readymade sweet Thai chili sauce, soy sauce, and wasabi for the adults. The kids ate them plain.
You could also use nori (seaweed)for the features if you like.
Here are some more pictures from the party preparations:
~ Bon Ap[petite] ~