Catered Foods for Kids Birthday Parties
When having kids birthday parties catered, keep in mind that kids are often pickier eaters than adults. To be safe, stick with kid-friendly food items. You should also keep in mind that sometimes kids are too excited about the games, prizes, clowns, and magic show, and probably don’t have the appetites for big meals anyway; this means you should usually go simple and basic with your spread. Often hiring a caterer is a good idea since the caterer can take care of the menu planning and details for you. When you sit down with your caterer, there are a few foods to think about that are always a hit at kids birthday parties.
Choosing Catered Foods for Kids Birthday Parties
- Finger Foods
Finger foods are the perfect items to serve in a kid’s party. They are easy to serve and not messy to eat.. Think about asking your caterer to serve party platters consisting of cheese and meats with colorful toothpicks. Fresh fruit skewers are also a great idea. Serve apple chunks, pineapples, grapes, bananas, peaches, and strawberries. Offer children choices of dip such as honey and yogurt, and they’ll surely try these healthy snacks.
Another no-fail, popular food item is the cut sandwich. Caterers can use cookie cutters to make them look more attractive. No need for fancy sandwich fillings. Go basic with ham and cheese, and peanut butter and jelly. Toothpicks can be used to hold them together.
Another trick for food preparation is serving kids’ favorite food, miniature-style. Serve miniature hotdogs, mini burgers, and mini pizzas. Chicken wings are also a common favorite, especially when served with dips like barbecue sauce or honey and mustard.
- Food Bars
Having little food stations can also entice the kids. This way, they get to make their own meal choices. One popular example of a food bar is the taco bar. Kids will enjoy assembling their tacos with their favorite fix-ins. Have a platter of crunchy taco shells or soft tortillas and beside it, an array of cheeses, lettuce, tomatoes, beef, and chicken. Kids can form a line and wait their turn at the station. This is a great way to save on money and food too, since the kids will only make what they want to eat.
Another example is a pizza bar. Have the caterers prepare pre-baked pizza dough and toppings –cheese, pepperoni, sausages, mushrooms, and peppers. Kids can make their own pizzas with their favorite toppings.
Other Tips for Kids Birthday Parties
When it comes to serving the food, using disposable materials is a wise thing to do. Tell your caterer to make sure, though, that the plastic is of good quality and that the plates will be sturdy enough. Nobody wants a soggy paper cup or a flimsy paper plate. To save on utensils and to avoid confusion, write the names of the guests on each plate and cups. This way, the kids will not forget which set of utensils is theirs. To save on clean up, you can have the food served in food boxes or bento boxes. All of these tips can help you make kids birthday parties memorable and fun, but be sure to also ask your caterer if he has any advice on what foods you can serve.