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This is a great simple treat for a children's party where you want to give the children something hands on to do. It requires a little bit of advance preparation from you, and a little bit of clean up if your little monsters get over enthusiastic with the cream cheese, but it is a simple and easy way to let your party guests pick and choose what they want to eat. This is a loose recipe. Alter as needed for the number of guests and what is available in your area for produce. I like serving the cream cheese plain with no flavoring to allow for a wide variety of toppings, but if you are serving only vegetables or fruit, you can flavor the cream cheese with garlic powder, powdered ranch dressing, tang, orange juice, orange peel, cinnamon, or even a tablespoon or two of pumpkin puree.

Cream cheese
Orange food coloring
1 bagel per child
Assorted Toppings:

Halved cherry tomatoes
Sliced carrots
Shredded carrots
Shredded cheese
Alfalfa sprouts
Chopped celery
Minced red onion
Shredded red cabbage
Sliced bell peppers
Sliced or halved olives
Chopped cucumbers
Grated beets
Pumpkin seeds
Pepperoni slices
Chopped pepperoni
Orange slices
Tangerine slices
Apple slices
Pear slices
Sliced bananas
Dried cranberries
Dried apricots
Assorted chopped and whole nuts

In a small bowl whip the cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Add the orange food coloring until the desired color is reached, mixing well after each addition. Add milk a teaspoon at a time, beating well after each addition, until the cream cheese is very easily spreadable. Toast the bagels or serve untoasted. Set out the bowl of cream cheese, a platter of bagels, and an assortment of toppings. Let the kids make their own faces or designs.

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