Need a fresh new way to have brunch, a shower party or birthday celebration? Instead of going through the hassles of ordering a birthday cake ahead of time, picking up the cake on party day, buying ice cream at the grocery store, finding enough space to fit all the ice cream in a crammed freezer, cutting the cake and scooping out the ice cream as quickly as you can and passing plates to a bunch of ravenous kids, why not just put up a frozen yogurt bar for your kid’s party? Cool huh?
Of course, like any special event, the party needs to come with some form of preparation if you are to ensure that everyone has a fantastic time. Oh, and by the way, thanks to this great site that gave me tons of info on healthy comfort food, I am now able to present you with valuable insights on how to organize a fantastic frozen yogurt party using a fantastic yogurt maker. A yogurt bar provides an extra fun treat, as it offers much variety while still being relatively unique. It is also really simple to set up.
Put the supplies together ahead of time.
If you intend to serve frozen yogurt, make sure to gather the supplies together way ahead of time. For this purpose, you will need plenty of clear plastic cups with a capacity between 10 and 16 ounces. This will give more room for your guests to put the toppings of their choice while preventing messes. If you plan to set up a yogurt bar during a formal event such as a wedding shower or fancy brunch, you may want to serve the frozen yogurt in plastic or glass flutes. You can get those from a dollar store or party store. You will also need bowls in which to place the toppings, spoons for each of the toppings, spoons for your guests, and labels.
Make a sign to put over your yogurt bar, along with labels.
You will want to put a sign that you can hang over the yogurt bar. This can just be a simple mantel sign that says ‘Yogurt Bar’. Once you have that taken care of, you will also need to make labels for the toppings so your guests know what each one is. Do indicate whether the topping contains nuts or other potential allergens. Vintage labels can be made on card-stock or simply handwritten on note cards.
Purchase the ingredients.
This is the fun part. If you have a yogurt machine, the ingredients for homemade yogurt are pretty basic. Then, you should also decide on different toppings to use for the frozen yogurt. Homemade yogurt is easy to customize, what with the wealth of ingredients you can get. You can even make everything much healthier by having fresh fruit toppings, or to indulge the sweet tooth of your guests, have some less healthy ingredients such as sweets and candy toppings.
You can prepare from two to four flavors of yogurt. For fresh fruit options, you can have blueberries, peach chunks, sliced bananas, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries. Or you could go for dried fruit selections including raisins, blueberries, pineapple and mango. You may also serve nuts such as pecans, almond slivers and chopped walnuts. In addition, you can have original, maple-flavored or cinnamon -flavored granola.
For sweets, you should match the theme of the event to the sprinkles you use. You can also use chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, white chocolate chips, chopped candy bars, and honey. If you want your guests to be able to dollop a bit of homemade whipped cream on their personal yogurt creations, have some of that ready as well. Whipped cream is pretty easy to make using whipping cream beaten on medium speed till you form peaks, then adding a few spoonfuls of powdered sugar and vanilla. Blend the mixture well and refrigerate till ready for serving.
Set up what you need for the party.
An hour before your event, the non-refrigerated, dry ingredients should be placed in proper bowls, with the appropriate label in front of each bowl. All serving utensils should be placed on the table. The signs for the toppings should be hanged up. A full half hour before your guests come through the door, all fresh fruits are to be sliced and put in bowls as well. You can then place the frozen yogurt in the serving bowls. The fresh fruits and yogurt should preferably be kept refrigerated till eating commences.