Party food for kids
A room full of rowdy kids can feel a bit terrifying at the best of times, but if you're laying on a birthday feast for them too, you might be getting really worried. Fear not, with a little bit of planning you can put on a homemade feast to keep the children happy for hours, from healthy smoothie jellies to fiendish monster cupcakes. After all they'll need the energy for all the dancing and musical chairs.
As popular as sausage rolls and sandwiches are, they don't have to steal all the limelight when it comes to your savoury spread. Couscous salads, falafel and chicken satay can all be popular choices with kids. Providing colourful and tasty dips with vegetable crudités is a great way of sneaking some veg into little partygoers.
Cutting sandwiches out with biscuit cutters to make them into fun shapes is bound to make them more attractive to younger kids. Slightly older children are sure to like digging into a three-tier club sandwich with a variety of fillings. If you want to keep things simple then the age-old remedy of removing the crusts never fails to help.
Keep the sweet treats safely out of sight until the savoury course has been eaten, otherwise you may find yourself with rather a lot of uneaten sandwiches on your hands and some very busy kids.
Low-sugar smoothie jellies with ice cream and frozen fruit sticks with passion fruit and lime drizzle are a nice way to balance out some of the more sugary treats. It can also be a good idea to serve slices of birthday cake with a side portion of fruit to lighten the sugar load. Little jam tarts and birthday biscuits look as pretty as they taste.
In need of ideas for the main show-stopper itself? Click onto page 2 for our celebration birthday cakes.