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I love being a boy mom. I really, really do. I love the rough and tumble, the dirt, raising momma’s boys, the fact that I can hog the bathroom and know that I won’t have to share my makeup.. I was born to be a boy mom.
But.. sometimes I totally feel jealous of moms with little girls. As a lover of all things pink and sparkly, I think that throwing princess parties would be so much fun. Even as a tomboy growing up, I loved all things glittery and jeweled. We have a really fun picture of my cousin and I dressing up my poor little brother in a tutu and fairy wings because I think I secretly wanted a sister for a while there.
No worries, though – he totally paid me back for that many times over.
So while I love being a boy mom, I do sometimes wish I had an excuse to make fun, girly treats. Monster truck cakes and dinosaur cakes are fun, but mermaid and unicorns are even cooler.
One day I was feeling particularly bummer because I thought of a fun way to repurpose my red white and blue fruit dip into a girly rainbow fruit platter but I had no use for it. In a house of boys, unicorn fruit dip is kind of an outlier.
And then I realized – who cares! I don’t need a party to make myself a fun treat – and the boys will gobble up fruit regardless of it’s theme. Which brings us to this Unicorn Dip and Rainbow Fruit Platter.
If you’ve perused Target, Pinterest, or Instagram in the past 6-12 months, you’ve probably noticed a trend. Unicorns and mermaids are aaaaallll the rage. People can’t get enough of them, and I’m totally here for it you guys. It’s such a fun, care free obsession and brings me back to my Lisa Frank obsessed days. #90sbaby
So when I was adding pastel colors to a fruit dip, I knew I had something fun. This unicorn fruit dip would be so fun for a summer mermaid or unicorn party or just as a healthier option to add to your food table. Yes, the dip has a solid amount of sugar, but it’s probably the lesser of two evils when compared to your average dessert table.
Unicorn Dip and Rainbow Fruit Platter
This Unicorn party platter is super simple – I promise. We’re going to start by making a deliciously sweet fruit dip that we’ll color and swirl to give you that Unicorn look.
First, make your fruit dip. You can find the recipe for my favorite fruit dip here – it’s simple and doesn’t take a ton of ingredients.
Next, separate the dip into 5 bowl. If I was a good blogger I would probably have 5 of the same pretty bowl, but let’s be honest, my husband would kill me if I had 5 random bowls that were all the same, so you get this menagerie.
Add food coloring to 4 of the bowls. I originally planned on doing the rainbow but then I looked on Pinterest and decided more on girly pastels. I did pink, purple, blue, yellow and white.
You have two options for how to serve it – you can do 2-3 tablespoon spoonfuls staggered in your bowl and swirl with a toothpick or put it in a bag and pipe it. I like the piping method since it looks neater and I like the defines colors, but when I dumped the leftovers into a Tupperware after I took pictures I liked that look too. (true life: blogger life isn’t as glamorous as you might think.)
PS -I do not use real piping bags. I put it all into a large zip top bag and snip the end. That’s all!
Once you’ve got your dip together, you can make the rainbow fruit platter
Tips for making a rainbow fruit platter
- I think this would have been even more fun if I layers different fruits of different colors. So with the strawberries, add raspberries, red apples, watermelon. It would also help if I had used green, oops! (insert eyeroll)
- Keep it simple – you don’t need to go all out. On mine I used strawberries, oranges, pineapple, and blueberries. These are kid friendly fruits that won’t turn brown or get funky quickly if left out.
- Add something else – I used marshmallows here (they reminded me of clouds on a rainbow!) and on my 4th of July fruit dip I used marshmallows and graham crackers. Cookies would also be fun!
- Serve with fun toothpicks if it’s going to a party. This was staying at my house for just my own boys, but let’s be honest – if it wasn’t my own kids I wouldn’t want anyone’s fingers all over everything.
You’ll want to place your dip bowl down first and then add your fruit around it. Make sure things aren’t too huge. I topped my dip with pastel star sprinkles I found in my local baking aisle.
This Unicorn Dip and Rainbow Fruit Platter is so simple but also impressive- basically what I go for at all time when it comes to fun food to serve!
Okay, so tell me – would your kids love this? Do you have a unicorn fan in your house? Did you like Lisa Frank as a kid? Let me know in the comments!
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