When you start planning a 1st birthday party for your special little one year old, it is important to remember to think about food plans. In fact, birthday treats may be the most important thing on of your list of birthday party supplies. Having the right food at the party is really going to make a huge difference in how things will turn out. Even if everything else at the party turns out to be a flop, you can make a successful and enjoyable party with the right choice in birthday treats.
Here are some simple yet useful tips to help you plan the food for your child’s first birthday.
Don’t Make Food Complicated – Keep It Simple
As you think about birthday food, remember that simple is generally best. In other words, even if you can cook a marvelous beef steak, this is probably not the best time for you to show it off. To be honest, most kids don’t even like foods that are very complicated. Instead, they just want something fun that they can easily put in their mouths. Keep the food simple, tasty, and bite size.
Talk With Your Child
Even if your child is very young, it is important to make him or her feel involved in the birthday plans (unless you are throwing a surprise party). When it comes to food, find out what your child wants to eat and serve. If your child is not yet talking, make sure to incorporate his or her favorite foods somewhere in your plans.
If you plan to serve an actual meal at the party, here are some good ideas for small yet satisfying birthday meals:
*Mini Hamburger Bar – Most children like hamburgers, so it is often fun to have a mini hamburger bar. If kids are old enough, place optional toppings like tomatoes and pickles across the table. Also, remember to include French fries!
*Pigs In A Blanket – If your child likes to eat hot dogs, try serving pigs in a blanket. All you need are little sausages and crescent roll dough. These can be extremely low hassle and tasty for everyone. They can be made in advance, so all you need is some ketchup on the side and you’re ready to go.
*Pizza – Pizza is a traditional birthday party standard because most kids and adults love it. To help minimize picky eater problems and allergies, stick to minimal toppings like cheese and pepperonis. You may even want to order a few different pizzas, just to give everyone some options.
No matter what else you decide to serve at the party, you cannot go without at least one birthday dessert. For very young kids, you may want to try serving cupcakes instead of the traditional birthday cake. Mini cupcakes can also be a good choice because they can eliminate a lot of the after party cleanup. No matter what you choose to serve, make sure the treats are decorated. Candles are a necessity, but you may also want to include some fun topping options like sprinkles and M&M’s so kids can create their own special delights.
If you give yourself some time to prepare in advance, you can come up with fun and tasty foods to serve at your child’s birthday party.