Children's Party Food

Published: 15th November 2011
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As long as it tastes good and can be eaten with little fingers, the children won't really care what there is to eat at the birthday party. Apart from the deserved focus on the actual birthday cake, the party food is simply part of the event and shouldn't require you to spend hours in the kitchen or huge amounts of money at the supermarket.

Children's birthday parties are a great excuse for children to have access to a variety of special treats. However, unless you want to deal with sick green or red and sugar-hyped kids, you really don't need or want to load them up with sweet treats. Remember, the party is only about 3 hours long and no child will starve in this short space of time. Some children will barely eat at all so choose a couple of things and keep it simple. If you are throwing a themed birthday party for your child, then the theme will influence the party food choices. It can be great fun choosing special party food to fit a theme such as candy floss sticks or triangles of buttered white bread sprinkled with hundreds and thousands if your child is a fairy or a princess for example. Other than the themed food, it really is best to make things as simple as you can.

Whilst it is tempting to fill the table with all your child's favourite treats, it is often best to get them to pick one favourite savoury food such as chips (you can roll paper into cones and serve a small scoop to each child - which ensures that everybody eats when you want them to) and one favourite sweet treat. Add one more savoury item to make sure there is something for everybody plus a fruit based snack, the traditional jelly and the all important birthday cake. You can do more if you like, but small children really don't eat that much. If you're worried that there might not be enough to fill all the young tummies, buy a couple of large bags of plain chips and keep them in the cupboard as a reserve.

If you do fill the table with sweet treats, expect sugar-hyped children and parents who will take their revenge as soon as their own child's birthday rolls around! The main thing is to keep everything small - mini pizzas or small slices, quartered triangle sandwiches, cheese and pineapple on tooth picks, mini sausages - easily held by small hands and you won't end up with platefuls of half eaten, wasted food to throw away by the end of the party.

One thing to watch out for is guests with allergies. The best way to counteract this possibility is to ask the question on the invitation. If you're not sure what best to feed the child in question, share your planned party table ideas with the parent and ask them which of these foods are suitable. If you are still concerned, ask the parent to come along and supervise and / or to prepare special party food for the child (you are not expected to provide food to meet all allergies!) A good idea is often to ask the parents of children whose parties your child and those with the relevant allergies have been invited to - how did they cope?

As long as there is a birthday cake so the children can sing happy birthday and your birthday child can blow out some candles, then any other food is really just an added bonus. Speaking of birthday cake, children often won't want to sit down and eat this during the party, so bring it out at the end when parents have arrived to pick up their children. This makes a great children's birthday party finale and you can wrap a slice in party napkin for each child to take home in a goodie bag.
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Based in Christchurch, New Zealand, Sara Leadbetter is a Business Advisor specialising in Internet Marketing. She works with Indoor Playgrounds and Childrens Birthday Party Venues across New Zealand. This article is written with regard to her work with Lollipops Playland Tauranga


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