Growing kids need plenty of food to keep them going, and when you are hosting a party for your children and their friends, you need to make sure that there is a table full of food for them to help themselves to. It’s important to make sure that there is a balance of nutritional food as well as some sweet treats, and always check with other parents about allergies or dietary requirements to make sure each child has something suitable to eat. After you have all the necessary information you can start planning what to serve. If you’re stuck for ideas on what should be included in the birthday buffet, here are a few suggestions.
Fresh fruit is always a refreshing and delicious snack, and a fruit platter can also look attractive as part of a buffet, too. Include fruits that kids are sure to like, such as apples, oranges, grapes, strawberries, blueberries, and pears. Leaving the fruit whole will stop the slices from drying out, but if you would prefer to slice the fruit instead, just make sure you do this right before you serve so that they are at their freshest.
Carrot sticks can be another healthy addition to a kid’s birthday buffet and serving them with some hummus that the kids can dip them into will work well. It’s even a nice snack that some adults can enjoy too if they find themselves feeling peckish! Cucumber sticks can also work well with this or celery, although some kids might not like the latter as it can be an acquired taste. Some light cream cheese can also be an alternative to hummus.
Of course, no birthday party would be the same without a delicious birthday cake! You might choose to bring this out separately from the rest of the food as you sing ‘happy birthday,’ but once it has been sliced you can place it on the main table for the kids to enjoy. If you think there are already enough sweet treats on the table, you can choose to send your guests home with a slice of cake each to have later instead.
Chocolate Bars and Sweets
These are some other goodies that the kids will love, and these are also other items you can put into party bags at the end of the day for them to go home with. If you want to make a big statement, think about ordering something like these kids sweet hampers to place on the table instead. It will look impressive as part of the buffet and can offer a variety of popular sweets for the kids to choose from and share.
Another popular choice for kids and adults alike at a party is some delicious potato chips. Serve different flavours in a bowl or individual packets if this is preferable. You could even include some dips for tortilla chips as well. There are healthier versions of these snacks if you want to keep the snacks on the table as nutritional as possible.
If you are looking for some quick ideas for what to put on the table at your kid’s birthday party, consider the suggestions above for a good mix of treats and healthy snacks.