I have lots of party details I am working on but I always get the most excited about the favors. In addition to the traditional favors for the children I always like to make another "family favor", this way adults who attend the party without children (like the all important grandparents!) have a special thank you as well.
This year's family favor is a soup in a jar mix, perfect for that chilly time of year. I am hoping it will be something the families will enjoy making together and it will remind them of the fun they had at the girls' party.
To incorporate our mermaid theme I used shell pasta and am calling it Sea Shell Soup.
Originally I was going to use glass mason jars but when I found these I knew they were the better option. First, they have a handle so it will be much easier for party guests to carry home. Second, they are much lighter than glass which my back (or Mr.Cabin's) will appreciate when we have to lug all of them to the community center.
Here is the front side of the favor tags.
The opposite side of the favor tag with the soup recipe directions.
Sea Shell Soup in a Jar Recipe
1/3 cup beef bouillon granules
1/4 cup dried minced onions
1/2 cup dried split peas
1/4 cup barley
1/2 cup dry lentils
1/3 cup long grain white rice
1 cup uncooked large shell pasta
1.. Layer ingredients in the order given: bouillon, onion flakes, split peas, barley, lentils, rice, and enough shell pasta to fill jar.
2. Attach tag with cooking instructions: In large kettle, brown 1 pound ground beef or stew beef cut into bite-size pieces in a little olive oil. Remove pasta from top of jar and reserve. Add the rest of the jar contents to the kettle with 12 cups water. Let come to a boil and simmer 45 minutes. Add pasta and simmer 15 minutes more.
Of course, you could change the recipe and use different types of pasta. If you were making these for a gift, tri-color spiral pasta would add even more interest to the layers in your jar.
How cute would wagon wheel pasta be for a cowboy or construction themed party?
Or you could even use the cute shape pastas like dinosaurs that come in the macaroni and cheese boxes.
The possibilities are endless.
Isn't this a soup-er favor idea?
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