Studio 5 Party, Holiday & Ideas Contributor Alisa Bangerter lists some unique ways you can fool people this year that they won’t soon forget.
Family Fun Magazine and website: www.familyfun.com is a great resource for April Fools’ Day foods. Make sure to check out all their fun items.
• Sweet Pizza: Flatten a pie crust into a circle on a pizza pan or baking sheet to look like a pizza crust. Bake and let cool. Spread a bright red jelly or jam on the “crust.” Cut red fruit Roll-Ups into circles for “pepperoni,” cut green gumdrops into pieces for “peppers,” cut “olives” from a black stick of licorice and tint coconut yellow/orange to create “cheese.” Sprinkle ingredients on the jelly. Cut into wedges as you would a pizza.
• Faux Pot Pie: http://familyfun.go.com/april-fools-day/april-fools-day-recipes/chicken-not-pie-685614/
• Angel food cake or pound cake when cut into slices and toasted looks very much like toasted bread. Spread them with tinted icing the color of cheese and you have a “sweet” cheese sandwich.
• Fill clear glasses with Jello and a straw and let set up. Place at each setting for dinner and enjoy the laughs when people find they can drink their beverage.
• Coat sugar wafer cookie sticks with peanut butter and roll in crushed cornflakes to make faux fish sticks. Serve with “ketchup” made from red jelly or jam.
• Flattened large marshmallows coated in peanut butter and crushed cornflakes look like chicken nuggets.
• Make veggies out of bright chewy candy such as taffy. You can soften the candy in the microwave if needed and then form into peas, carrots, beans, etc.
• Place a scoop of vanilla ice cream with caramel syrup on a plate to look like mashed potatoes.
• Place mashed potatoes in a sundae glass with brown gravy to look like a caramel sundae.
Make a fake cake
• Bake meatloaf in round cake pans and frost and decorate with mashed potatoes. Serve on a pedestal plate.
• Use actual frosting to ice cornbread baked in cake pans.
• Try the Bangerter family favorite: frost a roll of toilet paper with real icing to look like a cake!
Serve miniature food.
Check out the book Tiny Treats by American Girl that has great ideas for this. Some of my favorites are:
• Yellow m&m candies placed in a dollop of white chocolate to look like eggs.
• Tiny bacon strips made from caramel and tootsie rolls softened in the microwave and pressed together and rolled flat.
• Mini “doughnuts” made by dipping the top of Cheerios in melted chocolate and adding sprinkles.
• A tiny ice cream cone made by using a melon baler to scoop ice cream or flavored cream cheese and placing it on a Bugle chip “cone.”
• Make mini hotdogs by using Little Smokies and buns made from bread dough.
• Stack together several round sandwich cookies and frost to make mini cakes.
Be creative with food coloring.
• Add food coloring to items to alter their appearance. Mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, soup, gravy, milk, syrup, etc.
• A few drops of food coloring can be placed in a cup before adding milk or water so when the milk or water is added the liquid changes color. Little kids love this.
• Food coloring works great with a bowl of cereal as well. Add a few drops to the bowl and then add the cereal. When the milk is poured on the milk becomes a different color!
Serve food in unusual dishes.
• Serve dinner on tiny doll dishes.
• Serve in huge dishes such as soup in a mixing bowl and using a platter as a plate and a pitcher as a drinking glass.
• Serve food in dishes for another holiday such as setting the table with Christmas dinnerware.
• Use unusual items to serve in such as new beach pails, baskets, vases, etc. Make sure they are food safe or line them first.
Have fun with simple food pranks.
• Boil several eggs and place back in the egg container in your refrigerator. Ask for scrambled eggs in the morning and watch what happens!
• Freeze juice in glasses. Just before serving place a small amount of fresh beverage on top of the frozen.
• Fill the cookie jar with fruit or other items.
• Serve breakfast for dinner and dinner for breakfast.
• Serve dessert first and appetizers last.
• Dip cotton balls or bread balls in chocolate. Add a few sprinkles and place in paper liners and give as you would a box of chocolates.
• Turn all the food in the refrigerator or pantry upside down.
• Serve meals at unusual times during the day.
• Switch the inserts in cereal boxes so when your family pours them out they have a different kind of cereal!
• Place sugar in the salt shaker.
• Fill a lunch with everything the same color or unusual food combinations.
• Fill a lunch with plastic food from a toy kitchen. (Make sure to provide the real stuff as well!)
• Make meat loaf cupcakes. Simply bake in foil muffin liners. Can be frosted with mashed potatoes (colored with food coloring) or mashed yams.
• Place a note inside a sandwich.