If you're planning a birthday party for your child, deciding on a menu will probably be at the top of your list. Be sure to pick foods that will not only appeal to young tastes but are also easy to eat.
When it comes to creating a menu for children, avoid anything that is too spicy, such as hot salsa and sauces, bold seasonings, and anything containing too much pepper. Stick with milder seasonings, and go heavy on the kids' classics and comfort foods. You can also put creative twists on traditional kids' snacks and entrees to keep the menu interesting for your young guests.
Depending on how much time you have, the size of your guest list, and what your birthday party-planning budget is, you can either make all the food yourself, or you can hire a professional catering company to do the work for you. If you choose the latter option, try to pick a caterer that is known for accommodating kids' taste buds. You can also hire a child-friendly restaurant, such as a pizza parlor, to cater for the celebration.
Here are some fun catering ideas for your child's next birthday party:
1. Build-Your-Own-Taco Bar
All kids love tacos, and being able to create their own will make the meal even more exciting. Build-your-own-taco bars are appropriate for both lunch and dinner parties and will please children of all ages.
Start by placing both crunchy and soft taco shells on a buffet-style table, as well as bowls of all of the classic fixings. Ideas include seasoned ground beef, refried beans for the vegetarians in the group, diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce and cheese, sour cream, and salsa. Kids can make their way down the table, assembling their perfect tacos as they go. This idea will also work for burritos, although adults may have to help the children wrap them at the end of the line.
2. Homemade Pizzas
For his hands-on meal idea, have the caterer bring in individually sized pizza crusts, or use sliced English muffins. Similar to the taco bar option, kids can work their way down a buffet table, creating their own pizza masterpieces. Have adults bake the pizzas at the end, and allow kids to take their leftovers home in customized boxes.
As a fun touch, have the small cardboard boxes printed with the birthday party details, such as the celebrant's name and age, along with the date.