Throwing the perfect party for your little tot can be a nightmare. Trying to please kids and their parents by striking the right balance between games, treats and snacks is notoriously tricky but don't worry – simply have a look at the list below for hints and tips on fun feasts for your little ones.
Along with the conventional bowls of crisps and mini sandwiches, add more wholesome snacks like pitta bread, hummus, cucumber, carrot sticks, sliced apples and peppers to the mix. With a few carefully selected homemade dips on offer, it won't just be the kids who can't resist getting stuck in!
Besides sausage rolls, chicken nuggets and pizza slices it's hard to think of anything that children enjoy more than chips. Whether you opt for skinny French fries or something a bit more substantial like McCain delicious straight cut, low fat chips, the key is presentation.
Using a few coloured plastic cups as holders, wrap your chips in parchment paper for a little taste of bistro-style sophistication and you’re guaranteed to score points with the yummy mummies!
Whether you choose to serve these during the proceedings or pop them into party bags to hand out at the end, colourful iced biscuits are sure to capture the little ones imagination. Simply mix 100g unsalted butter, 100g caster sugar, one free-range egg, 275g of plain flour and one tsp of vanilla extract in a bowl, roll out the mixture with a rolling pin and cut biscuits out of the dough using cookie cutters.
Bake the shapes in the oven for 10 minutes and decorate with icing sugar.
So you don't end up with a room full of toddlers bouncing off the walls, make sure to offer an array of fruit juices and fun smoothies rather than fizzy drinks. If you’re worried this won’t go down too well then strike a compromise by making some good old fashioned homemade lemonade by mixing one litre of sparkling water with four freshly juiced Sicilian lemons and 100g of sugar. You can even get the kids to help you if you want.
Although it is traditional to have a sweet centrepiece, embrace the trend for fairy cakes and save yourself time and money. Simply make a tray of fairy cakes and decorate using coloured icing and a piping bag. Better yet, make a game of getting the guests to decorate their own cakes with sweets and tasty toppings – it’s a great way to keep everyone calm and occupied for at least a few minutes and the best bit is they can eat the end result!
What food do you have at your child's parties?