Kids’ Birthday Party Menu Planning
You’ve chosen a party theme, sent out invitations and planned some fun activities. Now it is time to choose the menu! Not sure where to begin? Here is a handy guide to get you started.
- Full Meal or Snacks Only? Whether to serve a meal or a snack depends on the timing of the party. Guests will expect a meal if the party is scheduled during a typical meal time, for example between 11am and 1pm or between 5 and 7 pm. If your party is in-between meal times, for example 10 am or 3 pm, appetizers or snacks are a good choice.
- Mix in Some Healthy Options. Consider offering some healthy food choices to give kids’ energy a boost. You can still serve the pizza and chips, but it is also good to have things like pita bread with hummus, fruit kebabs and celery sticks topped with peanut butter available. That way kids can recharge without going home with a tummy ache!
- Be Mindful of Allergies. On the invitation, ask parents to let you know of any food allergies. Then prior to the party, share the menu with the parents to make sure there are no issues. Making your cake from scratch is advisable, so you have total control over the ingredients. Be very careful to clean countertops, cutting boards and utensils used to prepare food to prevent contamination.
- Match the Food to your Theme. Creating food options that match your party’s theme is fun for guests - and simple for the hosts! Label your cheese puffs “campfire flames” and your bowl of fruit “forest berries” for a camping themed party! Or serve “paw-cho chips” and “pup-corn” for your puppy themed bash. These special touches will make the party unique and memorable!