While the sheer excitement of birthday parties is already likely to get kids hyped, the last thing most parents want is to fuel their hyperactiveness with a sugar overload. Unfortunately, if you feed them nothing but fruit and carrot sticks your child is likely to become very unpopular with their friends. It’s a tough catering job to balance, especially if you’re hosting it at home instead of a venue, but hopefully, some of the following suggestions will make it a little easier to host an amazing, somewhat healthy, birthday party.
Starting with the most important item on the food list; the epic birthday cake. You don’t have to be a culinary goddess to present your child with their dream birthday cake; Kroger has cakes for all occasions – allcakeprices.com will list their prices and let you chose a design that will make your birthday star very happy, and feed all of your guests. However, if your child doesn’t have their heart set on a superhero or princess themed cake, then you can whip up a simple cake. As long as there are candles for them to blow out, they’ll probably be very happy either way.
If you’re hoping for something quick and simple to put together, sandwiches are usually popular with everyone. Stick to simple fillings like ham and cheese, tuna mayo, PB&J, or plain cheese to cater to most people’s taste. You could make it more exciting by cutting the sandwiches into exciting shapes using cookie cutters. Make sure you check for any dietary requirements before you offer all the sandwiches to the kids and their parents.
Everybody loves pizza, and you can get really creative with the presentation. You can either make some mini-pizzas using halved buns, or you can set up a pizza-making station and have everyone choose their own toppings when they first arrive. Kids are more likely to eat something they’ve made themselves, so even if you load the station with different vegetable toppings the kids will happily put them on their pizzas. To remember which pizza belongs to which child, have them write their names or initials with the toppings.
Cake and ice cream might sound like a dream to younger kids, but their parents won’t thank you when they have to get to settle down later. Instead of ice cream, serve them yogurt popsicles for an equally cold and creamy treat. If your child’s birthday is in the middle of summer, the kids will all be thankful for something cool to eat.
What better way to get them to eat more fruit than by lightly covering it in chocolate. Strawberries, bananas on sticks, and even grapes all taste delicious when they’re coated in dark chocolate, and when you’re not looking they will disappear. However, you need to make sure that none of the fruits are choking hazards if you’re hosting a party for small children. In this case, grapes are out of the question.