Food is usually the forefront to any social event - is it not? It is no different with a star gazing party. Whether it is a large group of friends, or a few special guests, these tasty treats are easy to prep and great to enjoy.
Like I mentioned before, my husband was having a late night at school, so for stargazing it was just me and my girls.
For starters, we made things easy and picked up some old fashioned doughnuts at a local bakery. I opted for the maple glaze - maple is my favorite! And, I opted for easy - hence the bakery. Doughnuts are always best the first day, but it makes it easy when all you have to do is run in and pick up your order.
I knew I wanted to pack in popcorn. It's one of my favorite treats. I decided to go with a fairly non-traditional route and make white chocolate popcorn.
The white chocolate popcorn super simple to make, and holds well. I made it a few hours before we needed it, but you could make it a day in advance and just keep it in an airtight container. Scroll to the bottom of the post to get the recipe. You'll laugh at me even calling it a recipe - it's that easy.
For a drink I had glamours visions of a slightly warm spiced cider sipped through colorful straws. Then reality hit me. While I would get my wish of colorful straws, my young daughters would have nothing to do with a sweet spicy cider - and I had to settle with plain apple juice instead. But, if I were to do this for anyone other than my two munchkins, I would serve a warm cider.
It's always nice to have your treats arranged in their own portable containers for easy serving and easy clean up. I also really enjoyed using a wooden crate as a makeshift table. It was extremely useful packing in all the food and packing out the garbage.
Here are a few of the items I used to serve my food:
WHITE CHOCOLATE POPCORN
8 cups popped plain popcorn
1 cup white chocolate chips
Melt the white chocolate chips by placing them in a bowl and microwaving them for 1 minute at a time. Stir after each minute. My chocolate was melted after 2 minutes.
Place your popped popcorn in a large brown bag. Pour the melted chocolate over the top. Seal the top of the bag. Shake the bag to evening coat the popcorn. Set aside, or in the fridge, to allow the chocolate to cool down.