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Party Plan: Bug Out Birthday

If you’ve got a bug-loving birthday boy on your hands, we’ve got a plan for a creative party with plenty of wiggly appeal.

Invite your kid’s favorite critters to join in their birthday celebration with a big bug buffet menu that’s as fun to prepare as it is to eat – even if you only have two legs. Set a creepy tone with a hearty snack of Boo Bugs with Bug-Catching Dip or Spider’s Web Pizza – then wash it all down with a cup of Bubbly Black Punch with Wormy Ice Rings. Just be sure you save room for Crawling Critter Cupcakes or a bite of Inchworm Cake.

Boo Bugs with Bug-Catcher Dip

Boo Bugs with Bug-Catcher Dip

The classic “pigs in a blanket” become “bugs in a web” with the addition of potato legs and a clever use of condiments.

Cook time: 11-14 min | Prep time: (X) min | Serves: (X) | Yields: 24
 
Ingredients:
  • 1 can (13.8 oz.) Pillsbury® refrigerated classic pizza crust
  • 24 cocktail-size smoked link sausages (from 14-oz package)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup shoestring potatoes (from 1 3/4-oz can) or chow mein noodles
  • ketchup, barbecue sauce and/or mustard for decorating
  • 1 cup ranch dressing
  • 1 Tbsp. ketchup
Directions:
  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Unroll dough; press to 12x9 inch rectangle. Cut dough into 12 strips (each 1-inch wide). Cut each strip in half crosswise, making 24 pieces.
  2. Wrap each piece of dough around center of each sausage, pinching to seal and leaving each end of sausage showing. Place seam side down and 1 inch apart on large greased cookie sheet. Brush with beaten egg.
  3. Bake 11 to 14 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet; place on serving plate or tray. Cool 2 minutes.
  4. Insert shoestring potatoes into baked dough to look like legs and antennae. Decorate "bugs" with dots or stripes of ketchup.
  5. Spread dressing in 9-inch glass pie plate or on dinner plate. Spoon ketchup into small resealable food-storage plastic bag. Seal bag and cut tiny hole in bottom corner. Squeeze bag to draw a coil of ketchup over ranch dressing. Drag toothpick through coil from center out, creating a web. Serve dip with “bugs.”

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Spider’s Web Pizza

Spider’s Web Pizza

Turn an easy homemade pizza into a tangled web of gooey-goodness with string cheese and an eight-legged olive/p>

Cook time: 17-21 min | Prep time: (X) min | Serves: (X) | Yields: (X)
 
Ingredients:
  • 1 can (13.8 oz.) Pillsbury® refrigerated classic pizza crust
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz.)
  • 3 to 4 sticks string cheese, cut lengthwise into quarters
  • 1 pitted extra-large ripe olive
Directions:
  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 12- or 14-inch round pizza pan with cooking spray. Unroll dough; place in pan. Starting at center, press out dough to edge of pan.
  2. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden brown. Spread pizza sauce evenly over partially baked crust. Sprinkle Cheddar cheese evenly over sauce; arrange cheese sticks in web-like design over Cheddar cheese.
  3. Bake 7 to 9 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted.
  4. Meanwhile, cut olive horizontally in half. Use one half for body of spider; thinly slice remaining half for legs of spider. Place spider on top of pizza. Serve immediately.

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Bubbly Black Punch with Wormy Ice Ring

Bubbly Black Punch with Wormy Ice Ring

This lip-smacking bug juice is a delicious blend of flavored soda and fruit punch – but it’s the frozen surprise that will keep your guests coming back to the punchbowl/p>

Cook time: 0 min | Prep time: (X) min | Serves: (X) | Yields: (X)
 
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup gummy candy worms
  • 4 cups green berry rush kiwi-strawberry fruit punch (from 128-oz container)
  • 3 cans (12 oz. each) orange-flavored carbonated beverage
  • 3 cans (12 oz. each) grape-flavored carbonated beverage
  • 1 can (11.5 oz.) frozen grape juice concentrate, thawed
Directions:
  1. In bottom of 6-cup ring mold, scatter most of candy worms. Pour fruit punch over candy, filling to within 1 inch of top (candy worms will float to top). Place remaining candy worms over edge of mold. Freeze 5 to 6 hours or until solid.
  2. Just before serving, in 3-quart or larger punch bowl, mix both carbonated beverages and thawed juice concentrate.
  3. Dip outside of ring mold in hot water until ice ring is loosened. Remove ice ring; place in punch so gummy worms are visible.

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Crawling Critter Cupcakes

Crawling Critter Cupcakes

Let your imagination run on the wild side when it’s time to dress up your cupcakes. You can even get your kids in on the decorating fun!

Cook time: (X) min | Prep time: (X) min | Serves: 24 | Yields: 24
 
Ingredients:
  • 1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® cake mix (any flavor)
  • water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
  • 1 container Betty Crocker® Whipped fluffy white or vanilla frosting
  • assorted gumdrops and candies
  • Betty Crocker® Fruit by the Foot® chewy fruit snack rolls (any variety)
  • 1 tube (0.68 oz) Betty Crocker® black decorating gel
Directions:
  1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups.
  2. Make and bake cake mix as directed on box for 24 cupcakes. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  3. Frost cupcakes with frosting. Decorate with whole or cut-up gumdrops, candies, cut-up or thinly rolled fruit snacks and gel to look like ladybugs, bumblebees, butterflies, caterpillars, and beetles.

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Inchworm Cake

Inchworm Cake

Turn a simple cake into a caterpillar that’s (almost) too adorable to eat.

Cook time: (X) min | Prep time: (X) min | Serves: (X) | Yields: (X)
 
Ingredients:
  • 1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® cake mix (any flavor)
  • water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
  • 8 drops green food color
  • 1 1/2 containers Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting
  • tray or cardboard (19x14 inches), covered with wrapping paper and plastic food wrap or foil
  • 5 candy-coated chocolate candies
  • 2 vanilla wafer cookies
  • 2 small pretzel sticks
  • 24 gumdrops
Directions:
  1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Make, bake and cool cake as directed on box for 12-cup fluted tube cake pan.
  2. Download the cake template. Cut cake as shown in diagram A. Freeze pieces uncovered 1 hour for easier frosting. Stir food color into frosting. Arrange cake pieces on tray to form inchworm as shown in diagram B. Frost cake, attaching pieces with frosting.
  3. Attach 1 chocolate candy to each vanilla wafer with frosting; attach to end of cake for eyes. Press 3 candies into frosting for mouth. Gently push 1 pretzel stick into flat end of gumdrop; repeat. Insert pretzel sticks into cake for antennae. Arrange remaining gumdrops along edge for feet. Store loosely covered.

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