Refreshments enhance any Laura Ingalls Wilder celebration, especially a birthday celebration. You might simply serve punch and a birthday cake. One of the libraries where I'm presenting for Laura's birthday has chosen this route. It's simple and it makes sense.
If you want to go beyond birthday cake, consider some of these pioneer food ideas.
homemade butter on bread (or crackers)
maple snow candy
dried apples or blueberries
19th Century Candy (Not all are dated to Laura's earlier pioneer days.)
See more 19th century candy here.
A special note:
If you are focusing on Laura's pioneer days, you may want to provide some authentic pioneer foods. I highly recommend Barbara Walker's Little House Cookbook (linked to review) if you want authentic and well-researched pioneer recipes.
Laura Ingalls Wilder was rather famous for her gingerbread. The recipe does not appear in the Little House Cookbook because it was her specialty as an adult. Laura's gingerbread recipe and her other recipes appear in the Laura Ingalls Wilder Country Cookbook (linked to review). It's full of information and photographs related to Laura's adult life. I highly recommend it!
Have fun with your own Laura Ingalls Wilder event! If you are interested in a reading Wilder-related books, I highly recommend Barbara's Laura Ingalls Wilder Reading Challenge. Read all about it here.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Event Posts
Part 1: Who, When, and Where?
Part 2: Celebrating Laura Ingalls Wilder
Part 3: Pioneer Activities
Part 4: Pioneer Food
Part 5: Pioneer Decorations~ Annette Whipple
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