To ensure that they will enjoy the food, plan a menu that includes the usual foods that children love to eat such as cake, ice cream, chicken, pasta, cookies, barbecue, and cupcakes. Of course, if the party has a theme, it often dictates the food and snacks that will be served.
If there will be adult guests present, you can either make different food for them or you can plan the children's menu to include food that the adults would also enjoy.
Tips in selecting and preparing food for your kid's theme party.
1. Try to prepare the most favorite foods of your child. Since he or she is the boss for the day, your child should have a say in the list of foods that can be served during the party. By doing this, you will also be able to get an idea of foods that the invited guests would enjoy.
2. Look for new recipes that kids might enjoy. You can do this by surfing the Internet and looking for websites that can link you to new recipes that kids enjoy today. You can also buy food magazines so you will have an idea how to prepare and present the foods.
3. Try to serve healthy meals. Since kids will be the ones who will eat most of the foods, try to serve them items that have nutritional value. Although it might seem impossible, you can do this by cooking the dishes yourself and substituting healthier ingredients to the more common snacks that are served at kids parties.
4. It is also good policy to contact the parent of the guests to find out if their children are allergic to any food.They will appreciate it if you go that extra mile to prepare special food so that their child can also attend and enjoy the birthday party.
5 Although it may not seem important, you should always make a good presentation of the party food. I have a friend in the hotel industry and he always tells me that you first eat with your eyes and then with your mouth.
You may not realise it, but children who attend kids birthday parties also eat with their eyes first, so when your food presentation is pleasing, the children are sure to eat everything you have prepared and the time you spend in preparing the party food will not be for the waste.
One thing that I have learned during the years I planned birthday parties is that parents tend to go overboard with party food, especially when the children are still young. Toddlers and pre-schoolers are many times much more interested in playing games or just playing together than in eating all the food and snacks that were prepared for their parties.
There should be enough food to not let them go hungry, but it is also not necessary to slave away for hours in the kitchen. If your children are older and willing to help you in the kitchen, let them do it; it is after all their parties and they should be included in the planning and preparations for their parties.