HELP....BARBIE Themed Birthday Dinner
I have asked for suggestions before and you all have given me many and I thank you, but I might have bitten off more than I can chew (no pun intended!)
A group of us girls have decided to throw one of our best girlfriends a surprise birthday party …this Saturday; we hope this will cheer her up a bit! However the theme is BARBIE!
Yes she is a 30 year old woman who loves loves loves BARBIE! And yes we are all picking a Barbie to dress like…I have selected Chef Barbie…naturally!
What suggestions would you do?? This is throwing me for a loop (I am not a Big Barbie fan…)
barbie reminds me of trendy and california cuisine. mattel and its barbie designer are here in so. cali (el segundo), so the culture greatly influences the doll. barbie is also about what's popular and current. (retro can be trendy)
of course, if you're in to decorating, cupcakes fit. i think barbie would so be in to it. you could decorate the tops with barbie's iconic profile symbol. or do things fashion related like purses and heels.
BUT, there's nothing wrong with making something your friend likes. i wouldn't try to force someone something to eat they didn't like. even at barbie cons, they're not that elaborate on their menus. favorite foods work just as well in the cheer up department too. decorating up the place and dressing up can work on getting the theme across.
I'd go for things that are pink and sparkly. If those don't work (such as for an entree), small, cute things. I second tastesgoodwhatisit and would go with baby veggies, scooped out and stuffed cherry tomatoes, tiny stuffed mushrooms. Alternatively, you could go ladies' luncheon and serve chicken salad or chicken a la king over toast points or puff pastry shells. For dessert--definitely cupcakes or even baby cupcakes rather than a cake. That's too big and hulking! I love Barbie (the patron saint of girlness) but would also be stumped trying to compose a Barbie-themed birthday menu!
So playing around with Dinner Ideas...what do you think?
And thanks wattacetti for the shrimp idea, cute and obvious but I completely blanked...
*Marinated grilled provolone cheese, served with homemade crostinis
*Pasta (thinking a lemon basil with peas or a light carbonara...i make it without the cream and use wine instead)
Shrimp on the Barbie
*Baked Shrimp Scampi Style
TJ’s Signature Cinnamon Chips with Caramel and Chocolate dipping sauces
Bob Blumer did a very unappetizing version of Shrimp on the Barbie with half of a Barbie, but if you could convince someone to dress like Barbie for nyotaimori presentation, you'd really have a literal serving of Shrimp on the Barbie. Literal, but that would also be weird.
But back to an actual true to form: Barbie makes me think of cakes and salad and lots of pink drinks (rosés, cosmos, lemonade etc).
Can't fault your menu as it follows the spirit of the doll (I think), though I suspect that the Ken's Manly Meatballs suggestion by annabananaoc speaks more to why Barbie's still single.
I love Barbies too and am 8000+ years older than your friend. :)
I know I'd love a few Barbies posed on the table with the food. Not valuable ones! Just some ordinary, inexpensive playline Barbies, maybe dressed in her field's fashions/accessories (ex: nursing uniforms; handful of real keys for realtor; file folders/briefcase for business, etc). Or some of the fairy-type, fantasy Barbies out in the last few years, with unusual hair colors and/or wings/etc.
I love the idea of folks coming as Barbies. Great opportunity for some fab 60s-70s fashions, or pre-Halloween dressup. Enjoy! :)
Not to be sarcastic but if Barbie was real, would she really eat much? I think I'd focus on making a lot of fun cocktails (like pink Cosmopolitans) and appetizers. Seems like Barbie would be into frou frou food. You could also give the apps/food Barbie-themed names, like Ken's manly meatballs or Skipper's stuffed mushrooms. Have fun with it - sounds like it will be an awesome party. Your friend is one lucky gal!
Yeah - with that figure she's not eating much candy and cake. Maybe cosmopolitans and cottage cheese with lettuce and fat free dressing. :-)
I'd also go with pink, cute and frou-frou. Sweet girly cocktails in bright cocktails with umbrellas and fruit on a stick (bonus - the little swords for cocktails fit over Barbie doll hands, so you can play pirate Barbie later). Cupcakes with pink frosting and sparkles, rather than a big cake. Bite sized appetizers, steamed or roasted mini vegetables (baby carrots, baby summer squash, cherry tomatoes, tiny potatoes). Stuffed cherry tomatoes and mushrooms.