Sleepover parties can be fun for all ages, from younger kids all the way up to adults. Regardless of the age of the sleepover partygoers, good food and good fun are a requirement for a successful event. In addition to playing games and watching movies, the key to a good sleepover is to serve food to complement the party that it is easy to eat, delicious and simple to prepare.
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To begin the evening, ample snack options are a necessity. The snacks create the party atmosphere, and keep the guests delighted. Why not start with an exotic take on a party staple -- popcorn. Try Indian spiced popcorn; the wonderful peculiarity to this recipe is the addition of garam masala, cayenne pepper and turmeric. This will be both a tasty and colourful addition to the snack menu. For another spectacular munchie, serve garlic fries; these are sliced super thin, tossed with garlic and parsley, and baked, which cuts down on calories. For a sweet snack, try long pretzel sticks dipped in warm chocolate, then rolled in candy pieces, nuts, coloured sprinkles or coconut; they are both quick to make and handy to eat. For the perfect sweet and salty craving fix, try buttery brittle, which is a super crunchy mix of salted nuts in hard glassy sugar.
At any sleepover, it is important to have at least one substantial, somewhat healthy choice for the guests. Taquitos are an easy finger food option for the sleepover main course. Try simple bean and chicken taquitos, which are featured in "Sunset Magazine's" December 2009 issue. These are rolled together with cheese, then lightly pan fried. These taquitos are excellent with an accompanying dip, such as Gabriel's Guacamole (also featured in "Sunset Magazine"), which includes onion, garlic, chopped jalapeño, tomato, lime juice and cilantro. Add additional seasonings to your taste. This guacamole dip can also be served on its own, with a bag of tortilla chips, for an easier option. Alternatively, try lettuce cups, which are large butter lettuce leaves that can be filled with cooked, seasoned pork, then rolled up and ready to eat. Dip the lettuce cups in sweet and sour sauce, or go the adventurous route, and try a Thai peanut sauce.
Always save the best for last. Serve homemade ice cream sandwiches, which can be easily made with two large chocolate cookies with any desired ice cream flavour sandwiched in between them. Cut the huge ice cream sandwich into smaller squares, and dip the edges of each one into various toppings, such as nuts, candy pieces, sprinkles, shredded coconut, cookie pieces or chocolate chips. The ice cream flavour and candy combinations are endless. Homemade caramel puts the store-bought stuff to shame. Make caramel apples and roll them in assorted toppings, coconut, candy pieces or nuts, and your guests are sure to eat them up.
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