Lunchtime fun with the Baby Annabell Lunch time table

October 23, 2019

This is a gifted partnership

The iconic Baby Annabell has a brand new play theme: Baby Annabell Lunch Time! This exciting new range extends the Baby Annabell play themes and helps children begin to understand the importance of healthy meal choices.

To celebrate the launch of the new Baby Annabel Lunch Time range, we were invited along to an extra special Baby Annabell themed event. With not only Baby Annabell and Baby Alexander in attendance but the wonderful Annabel Karmel. Whom has teamed up with Baby Annabel to create five recipes, bursting with yummy flavours and delicious wholesome ingredients.

Annabel Karmel

I’m always looking for new and fun ways to keep children interested in healthy eating and making the right choices when it comes to food so the partnership with Baby Annabell makes complete sense, aligning with a brand that wants to promote the same thing. The new Lunch Time range from Baby Annabell is great fun and little ones will love it – it’s a brilliant way of introducing children to food groups and healthy options as they learn what Baby Annabell likes to eat. We hope families will love the recipes we’ve created, which are quick and simplet to make tigether and help mums and dads in finding that special time to spend with their children over the holidays, weekends and evenings after work.

Annabel Karmel
A little girl sitting in a kitchen

Baby Annabell Lunch Time Table

The Baby Annabell Lunch Time Table is an interactive highchair for Baby Annabell or Baby Alexander 43cm dolls. Offering children a range of ways to interact and engage with the Lunch Time table.

Included within the Lunch Time Table from Baby Annabell is the lunch time table high chair, 3 main courses, 3 desserts and a bottle with drink selection. As well as a feeding spoon to offer the food to Baby Annabell. The set does require 3x AAA batteries which aren’t included (so make sure to pick some up).

  • A fun Lunch Time game! – There’s lots of fun to be had with our Baby Annabell Lunch Time Table. Little ones will love picking what Baby Annabell would like to eat!
  • Pick what food to give – Does she want peas or carrots? Is it berries or custard for pudding? What drink does she want?
  • Light and sound effects – Put the chosen food on the drink, main or pudding space and watch as it lights up green for yes, or red for no!
  • Listen to her reaction – Test the food with Baby Annabell by putting the spoon in her mouth and listen for her funny reactions.
A little girl holding a baby

Piglet loved interacting with Lunch Time Table and the corresponding Baby Annabell dolls. Learning about which foods will gain a green light on the highchair indicating that Baby Annabell is happy to eat that food. As well as gaining red lights and a resounding yuk from the foods that she is not so keen on eating. A wonderful way to introduce her to different foods as well highlight the differences between main meals, desserts and drink options.

Cooking up a treat with Annabel Karmel

Alongside being able to get hands-on with the new Baby Annabell Lunch Time Table and interact with it using the Baby Annabell and Baby Alexander dolls. We were also treated to a cooking session with Annabel Karmel with a Halloween theme. Making Halloween Alien Apple & Pumpkin Muffins (full recipe below).

A young boy sitting on a table

I have such fond memories of baking with my mum and my Granny from when I was a child and it is something that I have continued with my own children. Roo especially loves to bake, so was very excited at the prospect of making something that Annabel Karmel had created as we have used her books many, many times over the years.

After explaining the very straightforward recipe to us, it was time to get hands-on and start making our very own batch of Halloween Alien Apple & Pumpkin Muffins. Thankfully, all the ingredients had been weighed and measured for us as this can be the tricky part when cooking with little ones. Roo knowing her way around a mixing bowl managed to get Tigger and Piglet involved with pouring in ingredients as well as the mixing. Although Piglet was eyeing up the mixture for a quick snack before it even reached the muffin tin.

A person holding a pot
A person holding a glass of orange juice

Thankfully, they did all make it to the oven, however, the same cannot be said for the batch we had for decorating. With Piglet deciding that she had waited long enough and munched her muffin before any icing pots were even added to our workstation. Luckily Roo and Tigger managed to create some decorated Halloween Alien Apple & Pumpkin Muffins. Which I’m sure you’ll agree they look quite funky!

A toy doll sitting on a table

Halloween Alien Apple & Pumpkin Muffins

Annabel Karmel’s halloween alien apple and pumpkin muffins

Course: Dessert, SnacksDifficulty: Easy


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This Halloween take your little ghosts and ghouls on an outer space adventure with alien muffins. You won;t need a degree in cake decorating to conjure up these boggle-eyed bakes, so crank-up your cauldron (aka, the oven) and have some UFO fun!


  • 150g slef-raising flour

  • 50g caster sugar

  • 1 u0026 1/2 tsp baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 tsp fine salt

  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger

  • 1/2 tsp mixed spice

  • 125g sunflower oil

  • 75ml maple syrup

  • 2 eggs, beaten

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 50g peeled and grated apple

  • 100g peeled and grated pumpkin

  • 60g raisins

  • Decoration
  • Thin straws

  • Marshmallows (mini and normal)

  • Cake decor edible eyes

  • Icing
  • 100g unsalted butter

  • 225g icing sugar, sifted

  • Orange and purple food colouring

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence


  • Preheat the oven to 180C fan / Gas Mark 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tine with paper cases
  • Put all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix (self-raising flour, catser sugar, baking powder, ground cinnamon, salt, ground ginger and mixed spice)
  • Put all the wet ingredients into another bowl and stir to combine (125g sunflower oil. maple syrup, eggs, vanilla extract, grated apple, grated pumpkin and raisins)
  • Gently mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients until combined
  • Divide the mixture evenly between the muffin cases and bake in the oven for 20 minutes until well risen, golden and just firm in the middle
  • Remove from the oven, leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely
  • To make the icing, beat the butter in a mixing bowl until soft. Add half of the icing sugar and beat until smooth. Add the remaining icing sugar and vanilla essence
  • Divide the icing in half and add a few drops of orange food colouring to one half and a few drops of purple icing to the other half
  • To decorate, pipe the icing on top of each muffin, reserving a little back for sticking the monster’s eyes
  • To make the eyes, take two marshmallows and insert on top of two thin straws. Dan a little icining onto the marshmallows and stick on an edible eye. Insert the straws on top of your muffin

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Baby Annabell® Lunch Time Table
  • Ursula Hunt October 23, 2019 at 9:44 am

    I put new foods with her favourites and then make a face or other animal so she can eat all the parts to receive a pudding

  • Emily G October 23, 2019 at 10:15 am

    Definitely going to try making those muffins!

  • Humble stu October 23, 2019 at 10:23 am

    This is amazing thanks.

  • Solange October 23, 2019 at 10:23 am

    Reward charts, arrange food into shapes or faces and use fun eating tools.

  • Samantha Milner October 23, 2019 at 10:24 am

    Never make a fuss when trying new foods. Put in front of them and don’t say a word

  • Tracy Nixon October 23, 2019 at 10:24 am

    One tip is to encourage little ones to grow some vegetables – they are far more likely to try them if they know they have helped to grow them.

  • Emma Walters October 23, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    it helped mine to grow a few bits of their own and cook or prepare it themselves

  • Hazel Christopher October 23, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    I encourage my son to try new foods by trying new food out with him, there are lots of food I have yet to try and so trying them out together can be fun as we laugh at each others reactions and make it more of a game.

  • Dion Petrie October 23, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    With my niece if she sees me trying something then she wants to try it as well

  • Margaret Gallagher October 23, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    Introduce when young and get them to help prepare food too

  • Claire Nutman October 23, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    In actual fact, my tactic is to not make any fuss, give them the dinner and ignore, distract by chatting or whatever……….they usually just eat if you dont make a big thing

  • Joanne dawkins October 23, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    I have 3 children, all with different eating habits. I would say relax, i try to put different things on the plate and then leave them to it. If I push it too much they will point blank refuse to try new things. I think it’s also good to not let them snack too much between meals so they are hungry when it comes to a meal time.

  • Justine Meyer October 23, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    Just give tiny amounts and not overface them with too much

  • Karen Barrett October 23, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Growing your own food and letting children prep meals

  • Shelley Jessup October 23, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    Turn food time into a fun time & if they arent sure about it you try the food the first & make yummy noises lol! That is what works with Evie!

  • Tracy Hanley October 23, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    colourful food , just let them help there self

  • YOLANDA DAVIS October 23, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    I found making faces or pictures from food onto their plates really helped me, or an older sibling, cousin or friend that they look upto encouraging them.

  • RENAE October 23, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    My top tip is to try and be creative with your mixings, I put a small bit of the new food in with a larger portion of something else, this way they get a taste of it but nothing over powering and then each time I add a little bit more until it is two seperate portions.

  • Sarah Lambert October 23, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    I’m having such a hard time getting my youngest to try anything different but we are slowly but surely doing it, the best way I have found is letting them help at meal times make things fun for them

  • Katie B October 24, 2019 at 12:12 am

    We just like to provide new foods each time that we give her something that she enjoys. Usually we don’t have to intervene and she’ll happily give it a go! We’re very lucky!

  • Susie Wilkinson October 25, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Let them see you eating and enjoying it first

  • Ani Costa October 27, 2019 at 7:22 am

    Stick Edible googly eyes on them!

  • Julia Kerr October 28, 2019 at 11:13 am

    Don’t make a big deal out of it because it creates a stressed atmosphere and they are less likely to try it. Set a good example by sitting at the table eating together and eating a wide range of food yourself. Make sure the majority of the meal is something they do like with a small amount of something new

  • Carrie-Anne Brown October 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    by making their food bright and colourful and cutting them into different shapes

  • Kim Neville November 2, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    Making a little picture of food on their plate

  • Holly Edmundson November 4, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    I always make it fun and get my daughters involved as much as possible it always works as they love trying what they have made even x

  • Georgina Prince November 5, 2019 at 11:46 am

    I always find if i keep presenting them in different ways they eventually will have a go x

  • Jodie Green November 6, 2019 at 6:26 am

    With mine I found offering them finger foods rather than puree was the way to go, my youngest daughter was completely baby-led and even with a dairy intolerance, shes the least fussy with food now

  • Richard Tyler November 7, 2019 at 11:22 am

    Make it fun / a game to play along with

  • Rachel Craig November 7, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    Offer, make available a healthy variety of foods. Offer new foods gradually, with calmness, patience. Eat as a family, eat socially :- As often child will observe and copy those around him / her. So by seeing others enjoying foods, the child gets comfortable around food, eating, etc.

    Children are part of the family. They are learning / developing new skills :- Eating foods, using cutlery, plates, etc. Allowing them to be part of the family at meal times allows them to blend in. Rather than be the focus of attention :- Expectations, Judgements, etc. Child blends into a new part of his / her life. Becomes like the grown ups. Celebrate achievements, etc.

  • Christine Lockley November 8, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    Getting them to grow the fruit and veg definitely helps here as does baking and cooking – they always enjoy trying what they’ve made or grown

  • Dawn McBride November 11, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    A good way to introduce new foods is to make it a little more fun and exciting and have them prep the food with you. Don’t make a fuss about it either just get all the ingredients together and serve.

  • Hannah Lord November 12, 2019 at 12:54 am

    I have always got my little boy to try different flavours and textures so now he has a great diet. Food has to be fun or you can scared of trying something new

  • Kirsty Taylor November 12, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    I talk about which of their favourite people loves that particular food, and I hide some in their regular meals. They eventually try them

  • Lynn Neal November 15, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    Get them involved with choosing the food at the supermarket and helping to prepare it!

  • Emma Perry November 15, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    Try making the food look as colourful and appealing as possible and I find letting them eat/feel with their hands and letting them explore the food encourages them to try the food more.

  • Amy Bondoc November 16, 2019 at 4:13 am

    get them involved in the preparation nd dont be too strict of them having to eat meals you want

  • Troy Easton November 16, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    Mix food with there favourite foods to make it easier for them to try new foods.

  • Catherine Gregory November 16, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    Get them involved in cooking the food so they can taste it as they go. Make it fun

  • Ash R November 17, 2019 at 11:12 am

    Don’t make any fuss about it. I think sometimes this help create behaviours where children become negative towards certain foods (veg usually!). Also try including foods in food they usually like (I.e mashing swede with mashed potatoes) also helps 🙂 x

  • Helen Porter November 17, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    by giving them plenty of choices ‘i have found it really helps

  • Diana November 17, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    Involve them in cooking 🙂

  • Tee Simpson November 17, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    One tip is to let them help with the preparing. They will be keen to they things they cut and cook.

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