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Birthday food ideas please
« on: June 04, 2013, 18:05:18 pm »
Hi ladies,

Ds is turning 4 on Saturday! The party is from 3-5 (odd I know but it's at the waterslides and that time worked best) so I'm guessing the food we serve will ruin their appetites for dinner-oops. It's a Lego theme so I was thinking of Lego moulded jello but it's so hot here I don't think it will stand up well. Also Dh is working away and I'm having to keep the house spotless for viewings which is no small feat with a 4 and 1 year old so easy would be great. I was thinking cut up fruit and veggies and dip, pretzels and cake but I feel like I need more. Something more substantial, although I suspect they will be more concerned with going down the waterslides than eating I just don't want to run out. There will be about 15 kids and their parents.

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Re: Birthday food ideas please
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2013, 18:09:04 pm »
Hard boiled eggs? Turkey meatballs? Cheese and crackers? If it were my DS and there was something like that I would not mind if he ate that and did not eat his dinner at home, so it is a win-win.,

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Re: Birthday food ideas please
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2013, 18:21:29 pm »
 I think snack food would be just fine! We went to a party recently that was 1:30 to 4.....and it was just healthy snacks. Most kids would have an afternoon snack anyway, right?

 I'd do veggies/dip like you said, I'd do fruit-kebobs, (so colorful and fun!), cheese tray/crackers and maybe a bowl with pretzels/goldfish type snack.  I think that would be more than ok!

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Re: Birthday food ideas please
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2013, 18:35:55 pm »
That sounds great to me! Tbh when we go to parties at that time I only plan to top DS up with something once we get home, and because what you're thinking of sounds healthy I'd be more than happy.

I think if you throw in some easy proteins, as pp have suggested, you are good to go!
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Re: Birthday food ideas please
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2013, 23:56:06 pm »
Thanks for putting my mind at rest ladies! :) For the fruit kebabs what do you use for a stick? That would be so much easier for them to eat then having to pick them all from a plate. Maybe I'm paranoid but I envision a child impaling himself with a wooden stick!

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Re: Birthday food ideas please
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2013, 02:46:13 am »
Maybe popsicle sticks?  You can get those at craft stores and they're not pointy at all.  They'd be short, but I don't think that would matter for kids.  :)

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Re: Birthday food ideas please
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2013, 03:02:59 am »
Nice one!

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Re: Birthday food ideas please
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2013, 03:21:23 am »
It would be hard to do grapes or any small fruits with popsicle sticks...but you could do melon I guess? I used kebob sticks.   :-\  Wonder if you could wrap the end somehow...? A ball of tin foil?  :-\  Bet you could cut the sharp  end off with a very sharp knife!

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Re: Birthday food ideas please
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2013, 15:27:22 pm »
We have some good scissors that would likely do it. Where do you get kebabs sticks? Just at a grocery store?

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Re: Birthday food ideas please
« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2013, 15:56:56 pm »
Sausage rolls always go down well too  :)
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Re: Birthday food ideas please
« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2013, 15:58:06 pm »
Sausage rolls always go down well too  :)

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We get kebab sticks at the grocery store!

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Re: Birthday food ideas please
« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2013, 16:00:21 pm »
Lol Mashi  ;D
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Re: Birthday food ideas please
« Reply #12 on: June 05, 2013, 21:42:58 pm »
Ha ha I was thinking sausage rolls too.

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Re: Birthday food ideas please
« Reply #13 on: June 05, 2013, 21:59:53 pm »
I was going to say sandwiches, might seem boring but kids seem to love them!
Then I saw this
http://www.mummyslittledreams.com/2012/08/lego-themed-party.html
lots of lovely ideas, sandwiches cut into rectangles with small circles added on top to make them into lego blocks.  Individual rectangle pizza with sausage circles or peperoni on top for the lego look, crackers with cheese circles on top too, and I love the bright party bags.  A lot of the stuff is either too sugary or too time consuming for me to take as serious consideration but nice to look at.

Have a great party!


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Re: Birthday food ideas please
« Reply #14 on: June 05, 2013, 22:24:01 pm »
We just did DD's party last week and the food went down a storm as they could keep coming back and picking then running off to play again after. We did ham/cheese/tuna sandwiches, veggies and cheese cut into sticks with hummus dip, crisps, fruit kebabs (on thin plastic drinking straws), chocolate finger biscuits and birthday cake. So a mixture of healthy but also party type foods. The kids (and the parents) loved it and we didn't have much left over, a good sign.



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Re: Birthday food ideas please
« Reply #15 on: June 07, 2013, 02:52:04 am »
I love the idea of a straw for the kabobs.  What do you do with fruit like blueberries, raspberries, or grapes?

I have cut sticks off or in half but then they started splintering.  I didn't think that was so safe.

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Re: Birthday food ideas please
« Reply #16 on: June 07, 2013, 02:55:47 am »
What about  what we call, in the US, coffee stirs?  Those might work.  Never bought them to know if you can get a smaller pack at a reasonable price.  I have no need for 5,000 coffee stirs.

Ok.  I can picture your thin drinking straws.  I like them better than my splintering wood sticks.


  Sorry to get off tangent.  Coffee stirs might work as well for the little or delicate fruit because they are pretty stiff. 

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Re: Birthday food ideas please
« Reply #17 on: June 07, 2013, 06:40:07 am »
The straws worked for grapes and larger blueberries because they are really thin, like the type you get for carton drinks like Capri sun yk? They were shorter than ordinary straws though, but that didn't matter still got a good 5 or so bits of fruit on each one and that was ideal for little hands too. Can't even tell you where to buy them as I 'acquired' mine from work! Lol.



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Re: Birthday food ideas please
« Reply #18 on: June 07, 2013, 06:53:43 am »
I love a party at that time, usually means I dont have to feed them when we get home! I would add a bowl of cocktail type sausages and a plate of fairy bread, seems to be the done thing here and it is cheap and easy ;)

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Re: Birthday food ideas please
« Reply #19 on: June 07, 2013, 12:39:51 pm »
Oh yes I forgot we did cocktail sausages too. They vanished in about 2 minutes flat!! Very popular.