Food ideas for Birthday Parties
When planning a birthday party, one of the most important things to consider is what you are going to feed the guests. There are three options available when planning this. You can either buy in the food and prepare it yourself, hire an outside caterer, or order fast-food such as McDonalds, KFC or Pizza Hut etc.
One of the things to take into account when deciding what to provide is that some children may have specific dietary needs or allergies. It is easier to deal with this issue if you are preparing the food yourself, thereby giving you control over the ingredients.
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Keeping it simple is the best advice to follow. Remember it is a children’s birthday party, so you are not aiming for a gourmet dining experience. The classic party fare consists of a few sandwiches, crisps, fizzy drink and cake. You can easily add variety to the menu by including some pre-cooked cocktail sausages, along with some savory snacks. If you make up some jelly and have ice cream and fruit available, you will be able to offer a choice of desserts.
Much of the work, as far as the food is concerned, can be prepared in advance. You can also prepare individual food boxes for each child. This can be a great idea if you know that some children cannot eat certain foods. When preparing special boxes for those with dietary needs, remember to label the boxes with the names of the children who will receive them. If you are not able to find cardboard snack boxes, you can use paper plates and cover each plate with cling-film after you have apportioned the food.
Remember that the birthday cake is an important part of the food experience. Light the candles on the cake either at the beginning of the tea or towards the end, and lead the children into singing “Happy Birthday” to the birthday child. The ideal time for this would be at the start of the tea, since this will provide you with plenty of time to cut up the cake while the children are enjoying their food.
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