If you're throwing a party for your child's upcoming birthday but don't want to burn a hole in your wallet, here's how you can create a fabulous dessert table which is not only easy on the pocket, but also healthy and guilt-free!
The best part is that you can buy everything you need from under one roof, plus it’ll all cost no more than $150!
Setting up the dessert table
Not only do you need to get all the yummy treats for the party, you’ll also have to set up the dessert table and display all the goodies.
Think of a theme that your child likes (such as their favourite cartoon, animal, sport, storybook, or nursery rhyme) so it’ll be easy to piece everything together.
Use a reusable or disposable table cloth from a FairPrice supermarket as a canvas for you to stick decorations or hang balloons from.
Keep your display symmetrical and play with heights to save space and add dimensions to the whole look.
Some FairPrice outlets even offer cool DIY balloon bouquets or arches for that festive touch; or fresh flowers will also add pops of colour to your dessert table.
You can also grab a bunch of your kid’s toys or storybooks that suit the party theme and arrange them on the dessert table.
There isn’t really a right or wrong way in setting up a dessert table and it’s really up to your own creativity and imagination, so remember to just have fun!
Ideas for busy mums
So here are some suggestions of and some delicious and easy-to-make recipes using simple ingredients, and healthy but affordable snacks you can easily grab off the shelves at any FairPrice supermarket in Singapore.
What you need: FairPrice Wholemeal Bread ($1.65), Peter Pan Reduced Fat Peanut Butter – Creamy/ Crunchy ($4.45), Glory Nyonya Kaya – Less Sugar ($3.30), Delhaize Bio Organic Hazelnut Spread ($6.50), Streamline Reduced Sugar Jams – Blackcurrant/ Fruits of the Forest ($3.95)
What to do: Using the cookie cutters, press out fun shapes from the bread and serve it with different spreads — or you might also want to switch the sweet bread spreads for savoury options such as egg mayo, chicken mayo or tuna mayo.
Muesli and cereal bar bites
What you need: F&N Alive Bars – Oat & Chocolate/ Mixed Fruits Nut/ Strawberry & Yoghurt ($5.95 for 6 bars), Alpen Light Cereal Bars – Summer Fruits/ Cherry Bakewell/ Blueberry & Cranberry/ Chocolate & Fudge ($6.50 for 5 bars), Yogood Yoghurt Coated Muesli Bars – Strawberry/ Blueberry Cranberry/ Cranberry Mango/ Wildberry/ ($6.25 for 6 bars), Marigold Low Fat Yoghurt – Natural ($6.25), US Driscoll Raspberries ($6.95)
What to do: Cut each muesli or cereal bar into smaller pieces and place them into individual muffin liners or small plastic bowls, then top them with low fat yoghurt and any fresh berries of your choice.
What you need: Sunshine Little Buns – Chocolate/ Red Bean/ Custard ($2.20 for 8 pieces), Top One Muffins – Chocolate/ Vanilla/ Blueberry/ Banana ($2.30 for 2 pieces) Sunshine Enriched California Raisin Buns ($2.30 for 6 pieces), SIS Icing Sugar ($1.95)
What to do: Place the buns, muffins or rolls onto decorative trays, lightly dust on some icing sugar on top and display them alongside some cute toys so they are Instagram-worthy.
What you need: USA/ South America Blueberries ($2.50), Cape Red Seedless Grapes ($2.85), S&W Sweet 16 Pineapple ($2.85), Australian Sunkist Navel Oranges ($5.95), US Driscoll Raspberries ($6.95), HomeProud Bamboo Skewers ($1.30) and other fruits of your choice
What to do: Cut the fruits into bite-sized pieces, or use cookie cutters for more fun shapes, then stick them through bamboo skewers to create a refreshing rainbow delight!
Banana and strawberry ice cream
What to do: Blend some frozen bananas and strawberries to create a delicious cool treat and add a few spoons of cocoa powder into the blender for a chocolatey flavour — or lightly dust it on top of the banana ice cream for that finished look.
For more tips for parents, visit FairPrice Online now at: www.fairprice.com.sg/wps/portal/fp/foodTips/Tips_For_Parents