Food, Motherhood, Parenting

The one thing kids lose their mind over at parties

Carla McConnell by Carla McConnell
September 8th, 2016

To say I don’t like cooking is an understatement. So every year when my kid’s birthdays come around I go into a sheer cooking induced panic. My two daughters get a party every second year just so I don’t have to deal with the trauma it brings on every year.

When I was a kid my mum used to make these jelly oranges that were a hit every year and now I make them for my girls parties. They are the easiest thing in the world to make, and still the first thing to get eaten at EVERY party.

I’m now known as the jelly orange mum and get asked to make them for parties all the time. I’ve gone from birthday party freak-out to cool calm collected jelly orange goddess. It’s a big step up.

jelly oranges

The next year I even remembered to remove the orange stickers…

There are so many ways to mix it up, by making them with different colors or adding flags to make them look like boats. And for grown ups you can add vodka…YUM.

No oven, no cooking, party goodess recipe here: 

Step 1: Make orange jelly according to instructions except with half the water. Cool for 20 mins.

Step 2: Slice oranges in half and scoop out the flesh, using a small knife and spoon. Fill the orange with cooled jelly. Place the orange halves, upright, on a tray (muffin trays rock for this). Refrigerate for min. 4 hours or ideally overnight.

Step 3: Cut into wedges once set.

jelly oranges

Hint: When scooping out the orange flesh try not to put a hole in the orange skin as the jelly will leak all over the bottom of your fridge and cause a meltdown (or so I’ve heard).

You now have a party food hit on your hands.

What’s your signature party dish?