On a birthday party, especially a kid’s birthday party, it is always the cake design that is often being prepared for. You just have to remind yourself, if you are planning a kid’s birthday party that there are also other foods involved. Kid’s little tummies may need a lot of food other than sugar.
Planning foods on your kid’s party may be an easy task but it is actually hard. You will have to take into consideration a lot of things for the benefit of your child and the other kids. Whatever you plan for the party’s food, whether you will be serving a full meal or just a small snack, it is also important for you to mind a well-balanced menu for the kids.
Timing is everything
Do start the time of your party at a time where it matches your menu. Well, you cannot expect your guest to be eating peanuts and cake at 5 pm right? If you are planning for a dessert and snacks kind of party, do held the party at 10 am or 2 pm. Not at a time when the visitors would expect a full meal.
Consider the Age Group
Don’t expect everyone to be able to eat your foods, especially the toddlers. Consider foods that is desirable for toddlers. Well, older kids can just eat anything, you don’t have to worry about them.
Since older kids could eat anything, you can serve them then big slices of pizza, raw vegetables, super-sized sub sandwiches or others. For toddlers, these foods doesn’t always work. Also be careful in feeding them anything too hard or crunchy, like carrots or other foods that can cause choking.
Serve Kid-Friendly Food
It doesn’t always mean that you have to microwave corndogs and mix up bowls of Mac and Cheese if you need the foods to be kid friendly.
Some ideas to help you:
- Buy a hard, thin breadsticks that come in a box in your grocery store’s bread aisle. Slather one end with cream cheese, then wrap a thin slice of turkey, ham or other deli meat around it.
- Make fruit kebabs by cutting pineapple, cantaloupe and watermelon into bite-sized pieces then threading them onto wooden or plastic skewers. Promptly remove the skewers from the table after the fruit has been eaten so the kids don’t use them as weapons or use something with a blunt end, like chopsticks, for younger kids.
- Make ordinary sandwiches fun by cutting them with cookie cutters or turn bananas, celery sticks or other healthy snacks into animals with a few well-placed raisins or carrot slices.
Match the Theme
Themes are a very important part of the party. If you have a theme, naturally, foods must also be able to follow the theme. If you have successfully followed the theme onto your foods, your kid’s birthday party will definitely be awesome. If your kid’s party theme is under-the-sea, you can serve Goldfish Crackers and hot dogs cut to look like octopus. For a Lady in the Tramp theme, you could serve them spaghetti and meatballs. Perhaps, you can also serve it with butter and parmesan cheese instead of marinara sauce to cut down the mess. Or serve small, crust-less tea sandwiches for a teddy bear tea party.
Watch the Sugar
Sugars and sweets are good especially for birthday parties but do avoid an all-out sugar fest. Kids do enjoy sweet treats but don’t overdo giving them a lot for when they will be going home, they might have bellyache and might end up turning into a behavioural problem once they get home. Apply moderation in your serving.
Be Alert to Allergies
Not everyone is able to eat anything they would want because most people have allergies. The most common allergies that people usually have are from eating peanuts, chocolates, chicken, crabs and shrimps. If you are planning to serve these types of foods, do consult with the children’s parents if their kids have allergies to them. Take special precautions as you prepare the foods such as carefully cleaning knives and cutting boards to avid cross contamination and setting out cups labelled with the kid’s names so a child’s allergic for a certain food for instance doesn’t able to take one.
Here are some foods suggestions that you can serve at a Kid’s Birthday Party:
- Veggie Dips
- Food on a stick
- Mac and Cheese
- Pizza Puffs
- Corn Dog Muffins
- Deli Sushi Rolls
- Mini Grilled Cheese
- Decorate Your Own Dessert
- Rice Dream Sundaes
- Oatmeal Cream Pies
- Sliced Caramel Apple Sticks