Shrek is a film by DreamWorks that tells the tale of a swamp ogre who wants to save his home and misfit friends from being taken away from him. He journeys to meet the man in charge of taking his land, meets some friends along the way and falls in love with a beautiful princess, who eventually chooses to be an ogre with him and live in his swamp. Shrek would make a great birthday party theme for any child, since the movie is funny and charming. You can get really creative with the food ideas for your Shrek-themed party.
Shrek lives in a swamp, so why not make some kid-friendly appetizers that represent Shrek's home? Bugs on a log is a cute, delicious and healthy appetizer. To make bugs on a log, you'll need celery, peanut butter and raisins. Wash and cut the celery so that pieces are about 5-inches long, and fill them with peanut butter. Place three raisins on the peanut butter and you have your bugs on a log. You can also serve chips and dip--swamp style. Using either ranch or sour cream dip, add a few drops of green food colouring to the dip, stir it and serve with your choice of chips.
For you main dish, make personal Shrek pizzas. You'll need pizza dough, mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, sliced black olives, spinach and mushrooms. Make sure you have enough ingredients for each child attending the party. Allow the pizza dough to defrost, then shape it into Shrek's face, which is round and has those unique ears. Don't make the pizza too big, just about the size of your hand. Sprinkle flour on a baking tray, and heat up the pizzas at 177 degrees Celsius for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until the pizza is golden brown. Allow the party guests and birthday boy or girl to decorate their own pizzas. You can encourage them to decorate the pizza to make Shrek's face, using spinach for the skin, olives for the eyes and mouth, and a mushroom for the nose. Put them back in the oven for a minute or two to melt the cheese.
At the end of the story, Shrek and Fiona fall in love and live happily ever after. Although they choose to live and raise their family in Shrek's swamp, we still see a lot of the castle that Fiona lived in during the film. For your child's birthday party, bake a delicious castle cake. This is really easy if you invest in a castle cake pan, which you can buy in many baking supply stores or online at party stores like Thepartyworks.com. The pan measures 11 1/2 inches by 11 3/4 inches by 2 inches, so it's about the size of a standard birthday cake. After baking your castle, decorate it with frosting or fondant. You can be really creative and get Shrek action figures, including the dragon, to re-enact the scene when Shrek rescues Fiona.
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