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Jun 20, 2009 08:17 AM

Would this party menu make you ill?

My baby's first birthday party theme is "Childhood Favorites." In light of that, the food will be kid-friendly fare. (I thought about making "adult" versions of kid faves, like sausage en croute instead of pigs in a blanket, but decided the traditional style was better for the theme.) Knowing the theme, would you be a little disgusted by this party menu if you were a guest?

Sloppy Joes
Mini Pizzas
Tater Tot Casserole
Mac N Cheese
Pigs in a Blanket
Bugles & Cheetos
Capri Sun drinks and juice boxes
Jello Jigglers

I was thinking about adding a green salad for those who really want something that's not beige. What do you think?

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  1. I think you should add the salad. and maybe some fresh fruit.

    im 8 months prego, though, and my opinions on food these days can't be trusted.... I'm living off of fresh fruit.

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    1. re: eLizard

      The two items that popped into my head immediately as well!

      P.S. what are jigglers?

      1. re: enbell

        you make super concentrated jello and then use cookie cutters to cut shapes out of it.

    2. Are you serving cocktails? (to the adults of course.)

      1. A one year old doesn't eat things like that, do they? So is this just a jokey thing for the grownups? Are you having a huge crowd? If not, that seems like a whole lot of food. Beige? What's beige? The Bugles? I'm really not wanting to sound snarky but I guess I don't quite get the point of this? Sorry.

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        1. re: c oliver

          Believe me I'm the Queen of Ironic Menus, but I have to agree with c oliver. This collection of food doesn't go quite far enough to qualify as hilariously tongue-in-cheek. Sadly, I've been to too many actual parties that serve this kind of thing with no joke intended whatsoever. If the food is intended to appeal the the kid-in-the-grownups, you probably should push the idea a bit and make it more obviously silly. If it's meant to appeal to the kids themselves, I guess it would do the trick. Not really sure what to suggest here by way of increasing the irony and fun, but something needs a slight re-think.

        2. I agree with CO in that ... will there be a lot of kids preschool age that will eat those foods or mostly younger.

          Questions? Are you serving adult beverages? How many people are invited is my next question? I also think as you said a green salad is a good idea and a fruit salad too.

          Pigs in a Blanket, Mac n Cheese, Sloppy Joes, Pizza, even the Tater Tot Casserole I could handle, but probably not go for the cheetos, capri drinks or jello jigglers.

          1. Change the jello jigglers to .......jello shots.

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            1. re: fourunder

              Hey ... the adults will be happy and the kids will be all asleep, just kidding.

              Yes, I think the menu needs be re thought out a bit.

              1. re: kchurchill5

                I was just at a golf outing that served very simple fare.

                Barbecued Ribs and Chicken
                Corn on the Cob
                Mesculin Greens
                Corn Bread
                Potato Salad
                Cole Slaw
                Cookies, Cheesecake, Chocolate Cake and Black Forest Cake
                Beer and Soda

                It was the cheapest spread I have ever been to for a golf outing and everyone loved it.

                1. re: fourunder

                  Nothing wrong with that. I love traditional BBQ food like that, simple but always good. I did a lot of sailing and windsurfing Regattas in MI and in FL, and I think that was the standard food at every Regatta dinner we went to.