Melon Shapes with Mint and Feta

I have just survived one of the toughest weekends in the year: my son's 6th birthday and the party that we threw for him. Every time I organize a birthday party, it takes me by surprise how much time and energy goes into something that looks like just some garlands, games and a cake.
I am exhausted. I am glad it's over. I hope the kids had fun.

In Dubai, one can pretty much buy everything: people who decorate your house, people who entertain your kids, and of course, the cake. However, we have always done it ourselves. Well, not the big cake. But the rest. I call our parties shooting-from-the-hip parties or this is what it looks like to our guests. A seemingly spontaneous going-with-the-flow party.

But behind the curtains, things have been planned. I have been researching and downloading kids favorite party songs for the disco and musical chair/statue games, tested them on my kids. Planned a variety of games and prepared necessary props/prizes for it. Decorated the house, blew a million balloons manually. Prepared foods/snacks/drinks for 10-15 kids and their accompanying parent.

I love to dish up fresh fruit, and traditionally, those are very popular among parents and kids. Only recently  I discovered that watermelon and mint go together really well. Sprinkled with a few crumbs of feta cheese to add another flavor dimension and ready is your party snack. Best served ice-cold, to make it truly refreshing. It was just what everyone needed to cool down from the hot dancing, or the still scorching Dubai temperatures outside, that we had yesterday.

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MELON SHAPES WITH MINT AND FETA

(Print Recipe)

2 lbs water melon
1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1 handful fresh mint leaves, chopped

Serves 6
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Cut melon into 1 1/2 inch thick slices. With cookie cutters of your choice cut, shapes out of the slices. Sprinkle with a little crumbled feta cheese and garnish with fresh mint leaves. Serve ice-cold.

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