Once upon a time, you captured the imaginations of a bunch of playful party guests, big and small, with the most whimsical ideas from classic fairy-tales. Let your creativity soar as you feast your eyes on the most curious party treats in all the land…and everyone dines “happily ever after!”

1. Snow White’s Poisoned Apple Cider

That wicked witch of a stepmother might have started with evil intentions, but like any fairy-tale princess, Snow White turned these sour apples into the fairest apple cider of them all! The warming concoction of fragrant apple cider spiked with cinnamon sticks (and spiced rum for the big kids) and served in cored big, shiny, red apples isn’t poisonous, but it’s definitely addictive.

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Source: She Knows

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2. Goldi-Locks Sandwiches

I realize this recipe might be accused of a bad pun, but it was totally intended. Let’s face facts; Goldilocks would have gobbled up every one of these fairy-tale-inspired, half-moon-cut, sammies, despite the disappointment of the 3 bears, and deemed them, “just right!” Each dainty finger sandwich features a dreamy mixture of smoked salmon (or lox) smeared with briny olive-caper butter.

goldi lox

Source: Martha Stewart

3. Blue Fairy Wands

We’re all familiar with the Blue Fairy as Pinocchio’s sworn protector. She comes to the aid of the wooden puppet, who dreams of being a human boy, whenever he encounters bad or dangerous situations, and eventually turns him into a real boy at the end of his journey. Grant your guests their own blue fairy wands, by dipping the tips of pretzel sticks in white chocolate and blue sprinkles.

blue fairy wands

Source: Hot Glue and Sparkle

4. Peter Rabbit Garden Pies

Make Beatrix Potter’s world come to life and feel the excitement of Peter Rabbit, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-tail as Mrs. Josephine Rabbit prepares these flaky, shortcrust pastry pies filled with a savory all-veggie filling—of Brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes, corn, peas…and carrots, of course! I just know that Peter would don his best jacket and shiniest shoes for dinner, as will your gracious dinner guests!

peter rabit pies

Source: Sweetest Kitchen

5. Princess and the Pea Cake

The princesses at your party will definitely forget about the tiny hidden pea in this cake, inspired by the classic tale, Princess and the Pea. Just look at all of those thick layers of strawberry and cream, covered in a sweet fondant bedspread with darling candy button details, and a biscuit head and foot board.

pea cake

Source: Amy Atlas

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6. Hansel and Gretel’s Gingerbread House

With no wicked intent in mind, temp your guests with the spicy-sweet wafts of gingerbread to your door. They won’t be able to resist this tasty abode—dripping with candy shingles, gum drop eaves-troves, candy cane turrets, chocolate cookie filled beans, biscuit doors and shutters, and a icing piped white picket fence. Devour a chunk, the witch won’t mind. In fact, she might even brew you a hot cup of tea.

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Source: EastEuropeanFood.About.com

7. Cinderella’s Peanut Butter Mice

A classic rags-to-riches story never tasted so good. You won’t be concerned about your lost slipper after sampling these dream-come-true peanut butter mice, based on Cinderella’s helpful animal friends. But be warned, if you set a tray of these creamy peanut butter, chocolate, honey, almond, and cinnamon infused mice free at your party—they won’t last a few hours let alone until midnight!

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Source: FoodThroughthePages.com

8. Jack’s Bean Cassoulet

If the bravery and daring of Jack and the Beanstalk could be captured in a dish, it would be by this hearty cassoulet. Jam-packed with hearty dried beans, poached eggs, onions, garlic, whole tomatoes, bacon, beef brisket, pork sausage, white wine, and panko bread crumbs—you might just be willing to sell your only cow for a scoop of this ideal meal post giant-battle.

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Source: Reader’s Digest

Anna

Anna adores cooking, drinking wine, and listening to records, but she does a lot of yoga to balance things out ;) This explains the black bean brownie disaster of 2007 (don't bring that up). She's noshed in countries like Greece, Turkey, France, Ireland, Costa Rica, and numerous other weird, yummy places that will get her waxing all poetic about her favorite recipes.

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