Snow Days Party

Brrr! It’s cold out there. Embrace the chilly season by throwing a snow-themed party for the kiddos, complete with winter-white small bites, a fun craft, and a festive takeaway.

Create-the-look

Create the Look:

  • Set up a wintry scene with fake snow, white trees, pinecones, and snowmen. A color palette of white, silver, and blue ties it all together.
  • Purchase a piece of white fur fabric at your local arts-and-crafts store, and use it as a table topper to create a snowy look.
  • For décor, make snowmen with Styrofoam balls. Use a skewer to hold three balls together, and then wrap the balls with yarn. To carry on the theme, thread cotton balls of various sizes onto fishing line, and hang together with snowflakes in front of the windows so that it appears to be snowing.
  • For a fun activity, set up a snowflake- decorating station where party
    guests can paint and stamp frosty creations. Before the children leave, hand out cellophane bags filled with marshmallows as a “snow” party favor.
  • Find cute downloadable invitations to send, like this one from paperstyle.com.

Brownies
Small Bites

The winter white details in these mini munchies recipes keep the snowy theme flowing from table to table.

Stovetop Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
Makes 8-10 servings
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Ingredients
  1. 3 cups whole milk, divided
  2. 2 tablespoons flour
  3. 11⁄2 cups shredded white Cheddar cheese
  4. 11⁄2 cups shredded white American cheese
  5. 1 teaspoon ground dry mustard
  6. 1⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt
  7. 1⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  8. 2 (12-ounce) bags steam-in-bag cauliflower
  9. 1 (16-ounce) package medium pasta shells, cooked according to package directions
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan, bring 23⁄4 cups milk to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour and remaining 1⁄4 cup milk until smooth; gradually whisk into saucepan until milk thickens, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low; add cheeses, mustard, salt, and pepper, whisking until smooth.
  3. Cook cauliflower in microwave according to package directions. Add cauliflower and pasta to cheese mixture, stirring to combine. Serve immediately.
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Mozzarella Bites with Basil Vinaigrette
Makes 24
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Ingredients
  1. 1 (12-ounce) package mozzarella string cheese, each piece cut in half
  2. 1 (1-pound) bag deli pizza dough
  3. 1⁄2 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and divided
  4. 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  5. 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  6. 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  7. 1⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt
  8. 1⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cut each string-cheese half into quarters. Roll dough into a 14x8-inch rectangle. Using a pizza cutter, cut dough into four long strips. Place string cheese down center, leaving about 1⁄2 inch between pieces of cheese. Fold dough over cheese, pressing to seal. Cut each strip between each piece of cheese; seal edges. Place pieces cut side down on prepared pan. Brush tops with 2 tablespoons melted butter. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together vinegar, parsley, basil, salt, pepper, and remaining 1⁄2 cup melted butter. Serve immediately with bites.
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Breaded Chicken Satay
Makes about 24
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  3. 1⁄2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  4. 1 cup whole milk
  5. 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  6. 2 cups panko ( Japanese bread crumbs)
  7. 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  8. Vegetable oil, for frying
  9. 24 (5-inch) wooden skewers
  10. Ranch Dip (recipe follows)
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and pepper.
  2. In another medium bowl, whisk together milk and egg until combined.
  3. Place bread crumbs in a third bowl. Dredge chicken in flour mixture, then in milk mixture, and finally in bread crumbs.
  4. In a large skillet, pour oil to a depth of 1⁄2 inch; heat over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350°. Cook chicken in batches until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Thread 2 pieces of chicken onto each skewer. Serve immediately with Ranch Dip.
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Ranch Dip
Makes about 1 cup
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cup sour cream
  2. 1⁄3 cup whole buttermilk
  3. 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
  4. 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  5. 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  6. 1⁄2 teaspoon lemon zest
  7. 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  8. 1⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt
  9. 1⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, stir together all ingredients until combined.
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Sno-Ball Mini Cupcakes
Makes about 48
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Ingredients
  1. 1 (15.25-ounce) box devil’s food cake mix
  2. 1 cup whole milk
  3. 1⁄2 cup vegetable oil
  4. 3 large eggs
  5. 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  6. 1 (3.4-ounce) box vanilla instant pudding mix
  7. 1 cup chopped flaked coconut
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray 2 (24-cup) mini muffin pans with baking spray with flour.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cake mix, milk, oil, and eggs with a mixer at medium speed until moistened, about 2 minutes. Divide batter among prepared muffin cups. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, about 12 minutes. Let cool in pans for 5 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool completely on a wire rack.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat cream and pudding mix at high speed until fluffy. Spoon mixture into a piping bag fitted with a small round tip.
  4. Make a small incision in the bottom of cupcakes, and pipe 1⁄4 teaspoon vanilla mixture into centers. Pipe vanilla mixture over tops of cupcakes; sprinkle with coconut. Serve immediately.
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