What to Think About When Catering for Children
Whether you are holding a birthday party for your child or would like the younger attendees of an event to enjoy the food as much as everyone else, there is a surprising number of things to think about when doing it. You need to make food that appeals to your younger (and possibly fussier) feasters, you have to make it in the right portions and ensure it is both delicious and healthy at the same time. So where do you start when planning a menu for children? Fortunately for your next party, we’ve got a few ideas for you to sink your teeth into.
Pint Sized Portions
Firstly, whenever catering for children, it is important to remember to give each child a relatively small portion, and one of the best ways to do this is to have miniature sized snacks as meals. Mini-burgers, hotdogs, pizzas and sandwiches will be a hit, and will also be less likely to be unfinished and abandoned on a sofa somewhere. Remember that the point is not to overfeed them, but to let them enjoy a few treats. I say treats… though that doesn’t mean it needs to be unhealthy.
Keep it Relatively Healthy
Keeping it nutritious and relatively healthy will not only be doing the children a favour, but will also make things easier for you in dampening the inevitable sugar-rush and crash commonly associated with birthday parties and kid’s events. Consider, for instance, strawberries dipped in chocolate instead of a sugary (albeit delicious) chocolate cake. There are also the meals to consider, while you want to serve up tasty treats for your young’uns to snack on, there is no need to give them deep-fried-Mars-bars and steak. I know you wouldn’t do that, but you get the point.
Have a little fun with some ideas when working out menus and recipes. Remember that when making kids food platters, you need to make the food exciting as well as delicious. If you don’t fancy yourself as a food-artist and aren’t able to come up with ideas, check out some posts on Pinterest or other social media sites for thousands of ideas.
Remember that you Have a Budget
While the point of catering for children at their birthday or another event is to spoil them (so to speak), you need to consider that you do have a limited budget. So carefully take into account the amount of people you need to cater for, where you will source your supplies from, and how much it will all cost when planning the menu.
Consider a Catering Service
Alternatively, you may find it much easier, tastier and more exciting to pass the wooden spoon on to a catering company that you can trust to cater for your children just right. Contact a representative from Vibe Catering for further information, or take a look at our website for more on our services, specials and menus.