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Children's Birthday Party Lunch

Every party I go to with kids they always serve pizza. It is def a go-to food b/c most kids tend to love it. Is there ANY other option to serve at a birthday party that is equally as well recieved by kids?

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    1. Why don't you make a variety of sandwiches (pb&j, turkey, ham, etc) and cut them into fun shapes with cookie cutters.

      You could also make grilled cheese or a big batch of mac and cheese (to make it more "fun" you can use different food dyes).

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      1. re: Jacey

        i like the grilled cheese or mac & cheese idea...what kid doesn't love both of those?!

      2. Fruit and cheese kebabs. Chicken cubes alternated with cucumber and melon, ham cubes alternated with pineapple ( at room temperature).

        1. Must admit we often do pizza. But my son loved his 5th birthday teaparty (at lunchtime). We served hot chocolate from a teapot into demitasse cups, passed a sugarbowl with minimarshmallows in it instead for topping. Made a healthyish quick bread, little sandwiches (kept it simple: some ham, some cheese, some jam) in different shapes, minimuffins etc. Dish of pickles and carrot slivers. Some cut up fruit. Then of course cupcakes. Sadly I didn't have one of those tower-shaped tea trays.

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          1. re: waver

            Wow that sounds like so much fun! I would've loved that as a kid (actually, I still do now).

          2. kids often enjoy having control, so they tend to enjoy "bars." i.e. the ice cream bar or baked potato bar or taco bar...

            chicken tenders are popular and can be made more healthy, if that's a concern.
            waffled sandwiches are fun

            sometimes it's good to start with a theme, i.e...
            western - sloppy joes, chili, beans
            princess - pink lemonade, sandwiches cut in stars and hearts, cheese cut in shapes, crackers
            pirate - fish'n'chips, mac
            mini- mini pigs in a blanket, baby carrots, mini burgers

            1. This is probably old hat to people used to cooking for kids, but there are some interesting ideas in this bento box article:


              1. Chicken Fingers
                Corn dogs
                Mac & Cheese

                1. Years ago, when my girls were younger, we did a Bday party with PB&J sandwiches, chips, fruit. BUT, the special part was the luncheon container. It took a little work, but oh so much fun. We gathered up unused shoe boxes and covered them with wrapping paper and bows, so each looked like a present in and of itself. We wrapped the sandwiches, chipes, etc. and stuck them inside each box along with fancy napkins and juice boxes. We had a pinata at the party as well. After each kids ate their lunch, the box was used as a container for the party favors of pinata candy as well as a small action figure/toy. It was extremely well received.

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                  1. re: Diane in Bexley

                    I remember this from when I was a kid! The party activity was to make a collage on a shoebox- we were given tons of magazines, catalogs, glitter, and crafty stuff. Then while we played some other games, the boxes were filled with a sandwich, juice box, chips, and fruit skewer. After lunch, everyone got to take a picture with the birthday girl and the boxes, and a week or so after the party we were all given the pictures.

                  2. Drumsticks.

                    It's a little messy but I needed an item for a picnic party at a park that would require minimal prep the day of the event. I made the BBQ sauce the day before and just grilled the drumsticks (all 30) about 2 hours before we needed to leave.

                    Chicken skewers with dipping sauce - as long as the kids are old enough to handle pointy objects - they seem love anything on a stick. Plus, dipping is fun.