Disney has produced many movies that have been based off of classic tales and folklore. One of those movies is Aladdin, which is the Disney and thus modern version of the Arabian Nights tale of a boy who finds a magic lamp and has his wishes granted. The tale is charming and magical, making it a good theme to use as a party idea. Creating and using snacks that have the look and feel of the movie and tale itself will help make your party a success.
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Finger foods work well at any party, and using items closely associated with Arab cuisine can help bring the theme of your Aladdin party together. Simple finger foods that work well include bowls of olives placed all around the party. Place bowls of toothpicks nearby for easy access. Place baskets of toasted pita bread, cut in to triangles, close by to the other food items. You can also use flat breads in various flavours, which also are keeping with the theme.
Setting up a snack station of foods more in tune with adult taste buds is optional when hosting an Aladdin party. Dips and spreads common to Arabic and even Persian culture are based in part on vegetables. To use these types of appetizers in conjunction with other items set out at the party, opt for dips and spreads that go well with the pita points and flat breads used. Perhaps one of the best known dips associated with Arab cultures is hummus. The flavourful, chickpea-based spread works well and can be flavoured in a variety of ways. Make an assortment of hummus flavours to suit all tastes. Have one bowl of traditional hummus, flavoured with garlic and lemon along with other, more jazzed up variations including roasted red pepper hummus, dill hummus and even spicy red pepper hummus. Fava beans are also an option and can be used as the basis for tasty appetizers. Though kids may not be apt to sample such exotic foods, some may give the snacks a try.
Grapes and other fresh fruits are central to Arabic cuisine and are always a staple item at both everyday meals and social gatherings. Get your Aladdin party in the swing of healthy eating by placing around bowls of easy to eat fruits such as grapes. To give the food table an even more Arabian Nights feel, leave the grapes on the stem and have the bunches sitting around the party area. You can even decorate tables with grape bunches. Other fruit options are fresh fruit cubes placed on skewers for easy handling and consumption. Apple slices can be cut in to the shape of swords, making them easy to pick up and eat.
Though more of a fruit, figs are another food associated with Arabic culture and suitable for an Aladdin theme party. Place bowls of both fresh and dried figs, sweet in taste, around the area where the main dessert is located. For the highlight dessert, consider a cake design pulled right from the tale of Aladdin itself. One option is have a cake shaped like a flying carpet and decorated with lively and bright colours. Or create a three-dimensional cake made in the shape of a magic lantern and decorated in gold. Additional sweet treat options include cookies cut out and decorated as the movie's animal characters: Apu the monkey, Iago the parrot and Rajah the tiger.
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