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Party Food

 

 

What to Serve?

Party food can range from the standard fare of cake and ice cream to finger foods to a meal. Planning when your party is helps to select the kinds of food needed. If you select an afternoon party you can probably get away with just cake and ice cream and possibly a few snack items.  If you plan a party for around meal times, be sure to include whether or not you will be serving food.  Most people will tend to assume you are serving a meal if it falls around a specific meal time.

 

Check with guests for any food allergies when sending out invitations.  Most people when  they or their children have severe allergies will usually ask about the menu or will decline for that reason.  However, don’t count on everyone remembering to tell you.  I have had kids tell me while I am serving something that they can’t eat that (or just don’t want eat it) so I am scrambling to find other means in which to feed them.  Always have some kind of alternative plan or items on hand for that.  Avoid certain foods, like nuts, if you are not sure.  

 

Portion control:

Also, when inviting guests keep in mind the number of people you will be inviting.  Try to plan your food supplies to accommodate that many people. Pay close attention to servings per container and serving sizes.  Remember to open only what you need at the party so you can have the option of returning unused, unopened portions of food or supplies.

 

Many bakeries will give you a rough estimate of how much cake it will serve.  But in my experiences, those pieces of cake tend to be HUGE.  So consider the age of guests also.  If you have ten kids coming consider the size pieces you would make for a three year old vs a fifteen year old.  

 

Cake alternatives:

For the finicky eaters or looking for new and different outside the birthday box ideas, try some of these:

 

 

Themed parties and food:

If your party has a theme consider the kinds of food, snack or meal, that you would serve with that theme.  A cowboy party you might consider chili or chili dogs.  In keeping with the theme, you might consider cowboy-ish names for the chili... Like “Round ' em up Chili”, “Wild Philly Chili”, etc.  This is a good time to be creative.

 

Finger Foods and Snacks:

Finger foods and snacks can be basically anything that you have time for.  Don’t feel like you have to be Martha Steward and have cutesy items unless you have the time and inclination to do those things.  The kids are truly mostly just happy with food.  If you like doing fun food, have at it.  There are lots of clever recipes to have fun with.  You decide, it’s your party.  Don’t feel pressure to keep up with the neighbors, throw a fun party.  The food is just an extra.

Keep in mind the age of your guests.  If you have guest younger than 3 be sure to select foods that are age-appropriate.  Choking hazards would be a problem for this age group.  Some people don’t like to feed hot dogs to kids under a certain age even when that are cut up, so keep the menu with the guests in mind.

 

Snacks-

Popcorn (not for the preschool set)

Chips

Pretzels

Trail mix

Fruit (grapes, raisins, dried fruits make good party fruit)

Cookies

Cheese and crackers

 

 

See Links below for Party Food recipes

 

 

Dinner or Lunch Ideas:

Any of the following can be made or brought in from local restaurants.  If you are looking for time savers, pick something that can be frozen or bring it in.  If you are looking for cost savers, make it yourself.

 

Taco Bar

Pizza

Spaghetti or Spaghetti Pie

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Hot Dogs and chips

Hamburgers

Baked Ziti or other pasta menu dishes

Breakfast for dinner

Fondue

Nachos

Chili/Chili Dogs

Hoagies/Subs (make or bring in)

Make your own pizzas

Mystery Party Dinner Idea

 

 

When to buy:

Please check out Party Planning Checklist for timing of food purchases.  For the non perishable items, you can start a few weeks ahead of the party to begin your preparations.  Some people like to spread out the overall cost and buy a little at a time.  Other people prefer to purchase their items all in one trip. Personal choice, you decide. However, don’t wait until the day before, if you can help it, so make sure you have all the necessary items and not have to rush out just before the party. (Stress!)

 

 

Links to get you started:

 

31 Awesome Cake Designs

 

Birthday Cakes Guide

 

Cake Greetings

 

Birthday Party Ideas- Food and Snack Ideas

 

Myrecipes–Kid

 

Finger-food-recipes.com

 

Better Homes and Garden Appetizer Recipes

 

Article- 10 Easy Steps to Great Party Food

 

Article- Party Food for Kids

 

Delish.com–Kid party food

 

 

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