Birthday party food is an important element of any birthday celebration. Knowing that January 26 is National Peanut Brittle Day can be an inspiration for a party that celebrates all things peanut.
By the time January is almost over, many people are tired of the typical winter parties and decor. Snowmen and snowflakes begin to get old. Yet finding original birthday party ideas can be a struggle in the gloom and cold of late January. If an adult has a birthday on or near January 26, celebrating a Peanut Brittle Birthday can be a delightful birthday party theme.
Peanuts have not always been as popular as they are now. Their prevalence can be traced back to an African-American scientist named George Washington Carver. He created over 325 products from the simple peanut. His research and development of peanut-related products encouraged cotton farmers, devastated by the boll weevil, to grow peanuts instead, changing the face of agriculture in the southern area of the United States. Carver published a pamphlet of 105 ways to use the peanut. Using Peanut Brittle Day as an inspiration for a peanut-based birthday party would be an educational way of commending this important American scientist.
Of course, the main attraction at this party would be the birthday party food. The food should definitely be centered around the humble peanut. If one wanted to really go all out, one could serve a full meal with everything, from main dishes to dessert, containing peanuts. Plenty of recipes for entrees like Crunchy Honey Peanut Chicken and Baked Pork Chops with Spicy Peanut Glaze are available at the National Peanut Board’s website. Even drinks like Peanut Limeade and Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothies use this protein-packed legume as a major ingredient and would be a hit at an adult birthday party. Side dishes like Tomato and Peanut Chutney and Oven Roasted Nutty Spring Vegetables could round out a menu for adventurous diners. But less daring people might simply prefer to serve PB2 Cream Cheese Dip along with a variety of cut vegetables and fruits.
Instead of a traditional birthday cake, serving Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes With Peanut Butter Fudge Frosting would be a fabulous hit. Or one could serve individual cakes like Molten Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Filling to make the party the talk of the office. Of course, plenty of tasty, crunchy peanut brittle should be available in large bowls to munch by the handful.
However, one crucial item must be kept in mind. Many people have life-threatening peanut allergies. Every attendant must be informed of the peanut theme ahead of time. For some severely allergic individuals, even the smell of peanuts can trigger a reaction, so every participant must be informed that the food will be laden with peanuts. It could be a matter of life and death, so no one should take it lightly.
By using National Peanut Brittle Day as an inspiration for birthday party ideas, one can celebrate in a unique and tasty way, try new recipes, and enjoy the company of friends for a special birthday.