A LITTLE FOOD FLIGHT READING
THEAustralianWomen’sWeekly Kids’PerfectPartyBook (ACP Books, $29.95) is a compendium of ‘‘ 10 fabulous parties for boys and girls from two to 10’’. Its cover, in a grisly shade of mauve with yellow, should not discourage: inside, the colours improve. At least from the children’s point of view.
There’s a green and black-themed ghosts and spooks party, with advice on table decorations (candelabra, spiders, mice), how to make a black spider’s-web invitation, dress-ups, activities and, of course, the food. The cake is a piece de resistance (spooky raspberry ice cream cake), and there are gruesome eyeballs, ghostly biscuits, green jelly and bags of black lollies.
There are whole party plans for themes such as jungle, fairy, wizards and witches, glamour and glitz, by the sea and more. The final coup is tucked inside the back cover: a liftout sheet with templates to cut out for all the starfish and lizards’ tongues you could possibly need. DONNAHayMagazineAnnual4, 2007 (News Magazines, $7.95) is a children’s party-time special, equally designed for the grown-ups with its carefully styled food shots. The garden party has little girls dressed in their mum’s choice best, sitting politely around the table or bearing gifts. The cakes are truly gorgeous (especially the teapot cake and the giant cupcake), as are the strawberry mousse milkshakes. And there are practical guides to proper icing and decorating. This is a magazine of recipes but its full-page colour photographs trigger lots of ideas, including how to stage a successful backyard family camp-out. Judith Elen