4 year old birthday party
Having a spring time birthday party in the park for around 20 kids and their parents... Anyone have good options for food that is travel friendly that doesn't need to be warmed or kept cold? Also trying to think of good treat bags, was thinking of doing cake pops for the kids to take home??
Finger sandwiches -- pb & j, cheese, turkey, ham, cream cheese and jelly
Cheese cubes, crackers, pretzels, goldfish crackers
Chicken drumsticks, wings, or tenders -- just fine at room temperature
Sliced fruit -- apples, orange smilies, grapes
Mini bagels stuffed with regular cream cheese or strawberry flavored cream cheese
Small bottled water
Cream cheese finger sandwiches made with banana bread
Large pretzel sticks, half dipped in chocolate, and covered with colored sprinkles
any of the little angels have food allergies/restrictions? or even more difficult 'helicopter parents' whose ideas about diet must extend to those with whom their children associate?
A big bowl of chicken salad made with Vidalia onion vinaigrette, chopped celery leaves, shredded carrots, maybe some frozen & thawed peas AND some halved green grapes; serve with toasted crostini or assorted crackers. It does not to be kept cold; just chill it overnight for the flavors to meld and it will be fine sitting out. I use both breast & leg quarters to make this and it is always a hit.
Use wagon wheel pasta and diced fresh veggies like, yellow squash, zucchini, cukes, halved cherry tomatoes, celery or it's leaves, and any other colorful veggie for pasta salad. You can use a tomato or other vinaigrette and shredded cheese. I like smoked gouda but you might want a more neutral mild cheddar or mozzarella. I add fresh herbs to mine like parsley and shredded basil but it can be left out, I also add red onion but again, it can be left out. If you can find multicolored wagon wheels, use those or other pasta like bow ties or corkscrew. Color is key for this pasta salad
Deviled eggs are always good for a party; these don't have to be refrigerated but do chill them overnight. They'll be gone so fast, they won't have a chance to go spoil. Transport them to the site in a cooler and set them out right before serving.
Thanks for the ideas... I love the pretzel sticks dipped in chocolate and sprinkles idea.
I think the finger sandwiches will work great - can do adults and kids at the same time, maybe a large pasta salad and cut up fruit.