It was our little girl's second Birthday last week and we were celebrating in Japan. We had tickets to the brand new LEGOLAND park for for 4 preview days so we didn't throw a party and decided instead to spread out all the fun into a Birthday Week. She loves cats so we figured a Hello Kitty Birthday party theme would be perfect. I got to work making cute Hello Kitty party food and this Hello Kitty veggie tray was one of her favorites.
Let me start by saying that we have made a lot of cute veggie trays and this one was one of the easier ones. I threw it together at dinner time (hence the poor lighting and photography) because my cauliflower was starting to turn, and we weren't going to have another day I could work it in before my girl's Birthday.
I usually would do a lot more veggies but it is not so easy to buy food in bulk in Japan when you don't have a car to transport it all. Also, cauliflower is difficult to find and I had only ONE head so I had to be really strategic about how I used it.
How to make a Hello Kitty Veggie Tray
What you need:
1-2 head of cauliflower
1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
1 head broccoli
1-2 heads lettuce or kale
purple cabbage for color
Mixed veggies for sticks and snacking
1 large plate
1 medium bowl
1 small bowl
What you do:
First you want to start out by finding an image of Hello Kitty for reference.
For this tray I used 1 large plate as a base, a medium bowl to hold Hello Kitty, and a smaller bowl turned over inside the large bowl to prop her up.
Then I sliced off 3 of the cauliflower florets very carefully to save for Hello Kitty's hand and ears, making sure I was not changing the shape of the head in a way that would ruin it. This is why I recommend having more than one cauliflower on hand. Any extra pieces can be cut up and use for snacking.
Then I cut the stem off the broccoli to use for Hello Kitty's arm. I stabilized everything with bits of lettuce around the head and arm.
Next I cut out the bow and nose shapes using a sharp scissor and sliced black olives in half and shaved a little bit off the florets to get a nice shape for the ears.
I pinned everything on with wooden toothpicks.
There he goes... trying to take credit for my work. Just like his Daddy!!!!
Finally, I laid all my lettuce and cabbage leaves around the base and added all my cut up veggies and cherry tomatoes.
The kids LOVED it!