As you may have noticed from Monday’s post, I love themes! And I found the theme we chose for my sister’s baby shower, Frogs, Snails and Puppy Dog Tails, was a BLAST to put together! Today I want to follow up with you and share the recipes we used for our frog treats.
Watermelon Frog– I originally found this idea on Watermelon Creations and loved it! I ended up modifying it to make it a little easier for the watermelon carving newbie I am.
2 Large Googly Eyes
Assorted Fruit to fill watermelon
1- Set one Watermelon on its end and cut the mouth-opening (start at the top middle, cut a few inches down then make horizontal cut out to the edge), take the mouth chunk out, you will use this later.
2- Find the angle you want your frog to sit (this will depend on the size and shape of your watermelon). You want to make sure your guests can reach in and the fruit won’t spill out. Once you find the angle, shave off a small amount where your melon meets the table, but don’t break through the rind! You don’t want your melon to leak!
3- Use a melon baller or a spoon to scrape out the inside of the frog. Again, make sure you don’t break through the rind at the bottom
4- Use the shaving from the bottom of the frog and shape it into the two eyes. Next, glue your large googly eyes to the melon eye cutouts, hot glue worked great for us. To get the eyes to stick up, stick toothpicks in the eyes and stick into the body.
5- Since our watermelon was on the smaller side, we used a second melon for the legs and feet. Cut the second watermelon in half. Now, choose the thickness you want of your legs and slice a ring with that thickness off the half of the melon. Then cut the ring down the middle, making a semi-circle. You now have 2 legs!
6- Use the mouth chunk to make the feet. Cut the chunk in half and scoop out all the melon. You should now have 2 triangles. Cut the points off to match the thickness of the legs and shape into two matching feet.
7- Now that you have all your pieces, stick toothpicks in the feet and legs to make sure nothing moves around.
8- Last, fill with assorted fruit and serve!
Oreo Frogs– I found this adorable idea here on made to be a momma. These were a ton of fun to make and were not only cute, but delicious too! They were everyone’s favorite treat at the party. For reference, I bought vibrant green candyquick (1 12 oz package makes 1 dozen frogs) and the large candy eyeballs (12 in a pack).
Pond Punch– This was a fun drink to add some diversity to the beverage selection. I found the recipe here on food network, but only used half the sugar it called for and it was PLENTY sweet! We also offered champagne to mix with the punch, which turned out delicious!
Lily Pad Chicken Salad– This was a great healthy option to balance out all the sweets on the table. Lucky for me, my brother-in-law has an awesome chicken salad recipe he gave me (see below). After mixing together the chicken salad, put a couple tablespoons on each lettuce wrap and enjoy!
Dalton Chicken Salad
1 ½ lbs chicken breasts
3 celery sticks
½ lb of seedless purple grapes
2-3 hard-boiled eggs
4 oz of sliced almonds
1 Tbsp paprika
1 tsp garlic salt
salt and pepper to taste
1- Season chicken with seasoned salt and black pepper and cook on grill
2- Broil almonds in oven until brown (watch closely, they burn easily!)
3- Dice all ingredients (except almonds) and combine in a bowl
4- Slowly add mayonnaise (or miracle whip for a lighter option) until covered
5- Add roasted almonds, paprika, garlic salt and salt and pepper to taste