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We're having a "ball" themed party for my kid's first birthday. It's an evening party, so the meal needs to be dinner/supper. I am hoping to make as much as possible ahead of time (the day before, preferably). And I'm trying to make everything shaped like balls. lol

Any suggestions?

So far, I am thinking:

APPIES/FINGER FOOD
- Cheeseball
- Caprese skewers

MEAL
- Meatballs (Italian, Cocktail, and Vegetarian, plus hoagie rolls and shredded cheese for those who want to make them a sandwich)
- Cheese poof balls (they're like those cheese curls but round like balls)
- Mixed fruit salad of grapes, blueberries and melon balls (not sure about this, I hate balling melons)

DESSERT
- Cake (with a ball theme)
- Munchkins

DRINKS
- Highballs

I think I need one or two more things to make the meal part more substantial, though.

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  1. What about baby potatoes? I even bought mini baby potatoes last year at Trader Joes- everyone thought they were mushrooms at first.

    1. arancini? macaroni and cheese balls? round crabcakes/salmoncakes?

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      1. re: PomsMoms

        +1 for arancini. The frozen ones from Trader Joe's are actually very good, served with some marinara sauce for dipping on the side.

      2. There is an Israeli couscous that looks like pearls--could be good with the meatballs.

        1. From a Trader Joe's holiday flyer years ago : Bocconcini (little mozzarella balls) wrapped in little pieces of their pizza dough, brush with olive oil and bake. Serve with marinara sauce to dip.

          1. falafel

            1. So many round foods coming to mind, so many choking hazards...

              Can you get melons and blueberries this time of year? I can't think of any fruits that can be cut into balls, are in season, and aren't choking hazards when cut into balls (like apples). I like the idea of fruit salad.

              As non choking hazards go, I'd suggest gougere but you already have a lot of cheese items. What about vegetables, like peas and pearl onions? You already have meatballs but porcupine meatballs or chinese pearl meatballs (meatballs rolled in rice and then steamed) would be fun for kids. And, dinner rolls can be made round, and are easy to fill before baking if you want. You could use those instead of hoagie rolls for the meatballs.

              How about matzoh ball soup? Perfect weather for it. Add peas to it for more round food.
              Spinach and cheese balls/stuffing balls
              Popcorn balls

              1. Great suggestions, thanks!!

                I love the idea of peas and pearl onions... and maybe an israeli couscous salad for a side dish.

                1. i thought of mac and cheese balls as suggested above as well.

                  also, polenta balls -- cook polenta let set in a big bowl, then scoop out balls, broil and serve with meatballs or sauce or just with a sprinkling of cheese or roasted garlic chips

                  baby brussel sprouts roasted with caramelized shallots

                  bao?

                  falafel

                  deviled eggs

                  pea salad

                  mini potato knishes

                  gougeres

                  truffles
                  cake pops
                  dark chocolate dipped cherries
                  white chocolate dipped grapes

                  1. Scotch eggs.

                    Fried Riccota balls with meatballs.

                    Swedish meatballs

                    1. Bisquick Sausage and Cheese Balls.

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                      1. re: PotatoHouse

                        i like those -- and wonder how they'd be if made with "pimento cheese"? i think that'd be pretty darn good! ;-)).

                      2. i just saw a good-looking recipe for spinach balls from capital cooking. http://capitalcookingshow.blogspot.co...

                        it reminded me of the one that looked great from the hearty boys on food network. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/pa...

                        i'm such a sucker for spinach stuff!

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                        1. re: alkapal

                          I really like that hearty boys' recipe!

                        2. I think you're missing out if you don't do truffles for dessert. For a ball themed party I did last year, we made these http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/352262. If you don't have peanut allergies to contend with, you could do Peanut Butter Balls, which are 1 cup dry milk powder, 1/2 cup peanut butter and 1/2 cup honey, mixed together with hands and then rolled into balls with your hands. If you don't care able the semblance of healthy you get from those balls, go whole hog with buckeyes. There's a recipe here http://smittenkitchen.com/2010/10/buc...

                          1. I remember little breaded fish ball appetizers from the 50's - probably deep fried.

                            1. i have been fascinated with these "nude" ravioli: filling without the pasta, shaped like balls. YUMMMM! http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/gnudi

                              1. How 'bout bourbon balls for the big kids (you know I mean adults, right?) for dessert? :)

                                1. Dessert: Brigadeiro

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                                  1. re: ahack

                                    Schweddy Balls
                                    http://www.benjerry.com/flavors/featu...

                                  2. crunchy shrimp balls http://www.vietworldkitchen.com/blog/...