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Kids' Birthday Party Catering Ideas

by Marvin Martin

One of the most challenging aspects of planning a children's birthday party may be picking a menu that will appeal to picky young eaters. The good news is that there are many delicious, fun-to-eat, and nutritious snacks, meals, and even desserts from which to choose.

To help you begin narrowing down your list of possible menu options, consider the party theme, such as zoo animals, princesses, or the beach. You can then create a whimsical menu inspired by the theme of your choice, which is sure to delight the young partygoers. If the celebration doesn't have a specific theme, you can also use a color scheme or even a favorite hobby or pet as food inspiration. 

Depending on your event budget, you can either make the treats and meals yourself, or you can call on the services of a professional catering company. As another option, make the appetizers and main courses yourself, and then order a cake or another dessert. 

When creating the perfect menu, be sure to take any of your young guests' dietary restrictions into consideration. Provide at least one or two meat-free lunches or dinners for the vegetarians in the group.

Following are more kids' birthday party catering ideas to get you started:

1. Snacks and Appetizers

Whether you're just planning to serve snacks throughout the celebration or you are starting out with appetizers, there are plenty of ways that you can make fresh fruit and vegetables appetizing to kids. As one idea, cut up a variety of seasonal fruit, such as different types of melon, and thread them on skewers, which are easy to just grab and go. You can do this with cherry tomatoes as well.

As another option, create a fruit or vegetable platter that includes either a honey and yogurt blend or a ranch dressing for dipping. You can arrange the produce in fun designs, such as hearts or stars, to make them more appealing to the children.

2. Main Courses 

When it comes to main courses, you can't go wrong with tried-and-true kid-pleasers such as baked macaroni and cheese served family-style, grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, and build-your-own mini pizzas. 

To make the pizzas, provide English muffins halves along with tomato sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese, and a variety of toppings, including pepperoni,  diced tomatoes, and green peppers, and allow kids to make their own creations. Adults can cook the pizzas in toaster ovens and serve them up in individual pizza boxes. 

If you would rather have the food catered than make it yourself, reach out to party catering services, such as Marians Island Wide Catering.