The Story Behind the Menu – A First Birthday Bash [honey ham and swiss sliders]

Don’t fret, dear readers, Gooplet still has a couple of months to go before he gets his first taste of cake.  This first birthday bash was for CV(D)’s son.  In fact, she not only had time to pull of this party, but she even wrote her next guest post about it. And the sliders in question were gobbled up faster than anyone could snap a picture.  Please enjoy her adorable cake, instead.

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Who: family and some of the best friends a family could ask for
What: a first birthday party
When: 2-5 on a Sunday afternoon
Why: because one always hosts a first birthday – OMG my baby is one!
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The thought process: Pick a time between naps that also doesn’t require feeding people a real meal. Pick a theme because that’s what people do for first birthdays nowadays, and it makes it more fun for mom. Pick a theme based on a book because mom is a teacher and baby boy loves things that go. Enter The Little Blue Truck. Ask grandmas to bring things that require actual cooking because babies be babies.
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The Menu:
Farm fresh veggies (veggie platter with ranch dip)
Chicken feed (white cheddar popcorn)
Honey Ham and Swiss Sliders (no cute name, but yummier than pigs in blankets)
Hay bales (rice crispy treats)
Spare tires (Oreos)
Birthday cake and smash cake!
What worked: Pinterest! Thanks for all the great ideas, people who take the time to post those sorts of things. Also, having my mom and mother in law make things that required time and attention. It took enough to get our house clean(ish) and our kid napping at the right time; not having the stress of putting anything “real” together the day-of was amazing.
What didn’t: not enough beer and not enough sliders. (oh hey, last minute guests! We love hosting parties and we love our friends; just because we didn’t think you’d be into a one year old’s first birthday, doesn’t mean you don’t love us enough to come!)
My mom made the sliders for the party using a recipe from her sweet neighbor, Kelsey. They were a hit to say the least!
To make Honey Ham and Swiss Cheese sliders for a small crowd, you will need:
24 Slices of deli honey ham
6 Slices of swiss cheese, cut into fourths
1/3 cup Mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Poppy seeds
1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/2 cup Butter melted
1 tablespoon Onion Powder
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 packages (12 count) KING’S HAWAIIAN Original Hawaiian Sweet Dinner Rolls

 
Kelsey’s Note: I always add a little extra cheese and ham on mine to make them more hearty. This recipe calls for more than I think you need, but I tend to use almost all of the ham & cheese when I make them! Also, sometimes they sell the rolls in a 24 pack, and they are easier to prepare/cut that way because you’re cutting one full package of rolls instead of 2-12 packs. I’ve found that this recipe takes close to 45 minutes for prep, wait time & cook time!
 
Instructions: 
1) Cut rolls in half and spread mayo onto 1 side of the rolls. Place a slice or two of ham and slice of swiss cheese in roll. Replace the top of the rolls and bunch them closely together into a baking dish.
2) In a medium bowl, whisk together poppy seeds, dijon mustard, melted butter, onion powder and worcestershire sauce.
(Note: if you’re prepping in advance and assembling at the party your daughter is throwing (or whoever), pause here. Cover the baking dish(es) and put a lid on the sauce. Carry the whole deal over to the party, then pick up again at step 3)
3) Pour sauce over the rolls, just covering the tops. Cover with foil and let sit for 10 minutes.
4) Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Uncover and cook for additional 2 minutes until tops are slightly browned and crisp. Serve warm.
We doubled it, but if you have a few single guys who aren’t that into cooking on your guest list, you might consider tripling that 😉

 

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