Hosting a party for your kid is both exciting and burdensome because you need a lot of thinking, preparing, organizing and paying to do. From thinking of a theme to choosing a venue, to considering the guests to invite, to planning the menu and everything else included in it, everything requires a lot of time, effort and money.
One of the most important parts of your kid’s birthday party is the food to be served. Whether you like it or not, some guests mostly do look forward and has a lot to say about the food provided in the party. Of course, you don’t want them and your kid to just love the program and have fun but also to appreciate the menu as well!
Many find it hard to decide for the foods to prepare because the guests vary in age and preferences of course.To help you with that, below are some ideas about the food that you should, can or may include in your kid’s birthday party menu, together with helpful hacks and reasons why:
 HOTTIE STEW OR SOUP
Asturian Bean Stew (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
If the event is too formal, the fine dining eating sequence is followed, but kids’ parties are purely fun and just casual, so you don’t really have to include an appetizer before the main dish. In kid’s birthday parties, foods are just served quickly one after another most of the time without strictly waiting for the people to finish one step.
Instead of putting a soup at the first spot, why don’t you consider putting in a main dish with a soup included in it. A stew is delicious if it’s still hot when served. A lamb stew would be a unique part of the menu. Most likely, adults will love soups, but it’s good to let kids eat too. It’s good for a nice warm up for hungry stomachs as well.
With a warm stew or soup, everyone will feel refreshed. It’s not common that a soup or stew is served at a kid’s party, but this time, you can set the hot trend.
 CHICKEN WITH A TWIST
Chicken Pandan (Source: Flickr - dbgg1979)
Fried chicken is the most usual food viand served in any occasion. A party’s not complete without it. It is liked by all ages anytime and anywhere.
To make something unique, why not remove the typical fried chicken on the menu. It would be a bit strange, but that doesn’t mean you’re totally removing “chicken” everywhere. Choose a chicken-based dish that everybody would be curious to try.
How about a Rosemary-Garlic Chicken, a Pesto Chicken or a Lemony Chicken? There are many recipes you can look up or experiments you yourself can do. Just make sure that it’s edible even for the kids who love chicken endlessly! Let them love chicken some other delightful way!
 HOW ‘BOUT BEEFY AND MEATY
Crispy Chili Beef (Source: Flickr - Jo)
You can include something that’s beefy and meaty. Many adults are choosy. They like food that feels like homemade. There are many home viands you can cook with beef and meat, so you’ll have a number of them to choose from.
Beef is a bit expensive, but tasting a well-cooked one tells you it’s worth the price. Make sure that the meat is fresh and soft when cooked. It’d be annoying to eat a hard to chew beef, so be certain that you get good quality and have it cooked really well too.
 OH WOW, FRESH SEAFOOD
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It would be a different kind of a kid’s birthday party if you will serve some fresh seafood. Well, it’s not weird but actually a healthy option! Kids usually eat meat and chicken, and many are not used to eating seafood like squid, fish, shrimp and others.
Seafood, however, is one of the healthiest meals you can serve. Some people are looking for fresh seafood in gatherings because sometimes, fast food is too common and also tiring and satiating.
How about grilled salmon, spicy fennel shrimp or baked tilapia? You can include a never-heard, self-made seafood dish on the menu and make everyone wonder and get excited too.
 GET ‘EM FRUITS AND VEGGIES
Many kids do not like the healthy-tasting healthy foods. They’re more exposed to and enticed with the sweet and salty foods that aren’t very or not at all nutritious. It’s nice if you also aim that your kid’s birthday party will be a means for every parent to let their children eat healthy foods.
A tower of fresh fruits design beautifully and attractively on one corner of the food area won’t just magnetize eyes but will also make your guests WOW and get appetized because of the fruits’ lovely aroma. They can eat them before or after their main dish.
A fresh vegetable salad would be really delicious! If you want to add some fresh seafood like shrimps and crab sticks, you may do so! These healthy dishes might be one of the foods that’ll easily get done! Parents will surely like it, and kids must also try it!
 GOOD PASTA FOR EVERYONE
A kid’s birthday party with mouth-watering pasta is always for the kids! Spaghetti, carbonara and baked macaroni are among the kids’ favorites. They never go wrong with making kids sit down and keep quiet after playing and getting all enthusiastic during the fun games.
If you want to try something new, why don’t you mix some fresh vegetables or fresh seafood to your simple and usual pasta recipe. You can make it as a second option for those who want to try a new one. Or you can put the pasta, the sauce and the add-ons separately so the guests can just decide whether they want to put this and that or not.
 A VARIETY OF SWEETS
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After all the sumptuous main dishes, kids would love to have some sweets! If they prefer these than fruits, then it would still be great to have both laid on the tables. It would be better if you choose different flavors of sweets for every kind.
Try not getting chocolate cookies and still chocolate flavor for cupcakes. There are still other options like red velvet, mocha, vanilla, strawberry and others! In that way, everybody can choose freely without much limit. They won’t need to force to eat the marshmallows they don’t like if there are cookies which they love.
The quantity doesn’t have to be really huge. Just set a cute corner for sweets, and that would do!
HAPPY, HEALTHY BIRTHDAY!
If you are hiring a caterer, you must look very well into their menu to wisely choose the meals to order for your kid’s party. On the other hand, if you decide to cook yourself, you have more personalized options on what foods to set out for your kid’s birthday party. It’s best to create a healthy menu for everyone!
You could go for some precious stew, meals with a touch of chicken, beefy and meaty delectables, sought-after fresh seafood, colorful fruits and vegetables, pasta that pumps up the mood and a set of sweet pleasures.
However your decision goes, always make sure to create the best decisions so that your kid’s birthday party will not just fill the hearts of your child and your guests with joy but also everyone’s tummies with delight!
AUTHOR BIO: Nicole Ann Pore is a writer, an events host and a voice over artist. Travel, health, shopping, lifestyle and business are among the many subjects she writes about. Through quality and well-researched writing, she informs and even entertains readers about things that matter. She is also interested in film critiquing and filmmaking. Giving all the glory to God, Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.