Opinions on Children's Menu @ Wedding :)

(46 Posts)
Lynday Sun 14-Jul-13 17:27:40

Hello,

I am trying to sort out my wedding menu and I was wondering if I could get some opinions please.

I have a few children coming all of whom are under the age of 6. I'm not sure if our main dish is very child-friendly and I thought it might be nice to offer a separate menu for the kids. My caterer suggested having plain pasta in a tomato and basil sauce, topped with cheese, and jelly or crumble for dessert.

Do you think most kids would go for this? Do you have any other (budget) ideas?

Thank you

LoveBeingUpAt4InTheMorning Sun 14-Jul-13 17:28:35

What is your main?

Nightfall1983 Sun 14-Jul-13 17:30:43

I would always prefer the children eat the same as the adults do - what is it/why don't you think it's child friendly?

Ruprekt Sun 14-Jul-13 17:32:34

We had boxes of food for children.

Chicken nuggets
Sausages
Cucumber
Carrot sticks
Crisps
Box juice
Colouring book and pens

Cake and ice cream later

For under 6 this is ideal and so much cheaper smilesmilesmilesmile

wallpaperaddict Sun 14-Jul-13 17:32:56

Pasta with tomato and basil sauce is going to make one heck of a mess! I'd be cross if I'd spent money on a special outfit for a LO only for it to be stained by that!

Lynday Sun 14-Jul-13 17:38:00

Our main is pork in a cider sauce with veg and new potatoes. It's an autumn wedding.

the boxes above sound ideal

LoveBeingUpAt4InTheMorning Sun 14-Jul-13 17:40:25

Sounds fine for kids to me grin can I come, I love pork

Nightfall1983 Sun 14-Jul-13 17:41:13

Ok, I know all children are different but I can't see many objecting to pork, potatoes and veg. 10 month old DS would gobble it down.

Maybe serve the sauce separately if it's practical? Just to limit mess really but also for flexibility. I understand that the pork is probably cooked in the cider but presumably the sauce/gravy is thickened afterwards and then poured back onto the pork before serving - if you could put it in a jug for the kiddies I think it'd be perfect!

Pascha Sun 14-Jul-13 17:43:20

I like the box idea. The last thing I want to do as a parent is supervise hyperactive children who've already been bored to tears at the ceremony etc with neat eating using cutlery and everything, picky food is much better idea.

defineme Sun 14-Jul-13 17:43:29

I think pork is better tbh-all mine would eat that. If veg separate then they'll eat that too. If not they'lll fill up on pudding and parents of any fussy kids will usually bring a few snacks anyway. Just serve them half portions?

Trazzletoes Sun 14-Jul-13 17:43:51

I'd happily give my 2 (both under 4) your main. I agree with the poster who said that tomato sauce will be MESSY! Or at least has the potential to be. DD would have a fine time trashing all her and my clothes with that even with her wearing one of those bibs with sleeves etc.

Pascha Sun 14-Jul-13 17:44:06

DS might consider eating the potato. If there was ketchup.

Ruprekt Sun 14-Jul-13 17:45:07

Trust me.... Do the boxes!! smile

Lynday Sun 14-Jul-13 17:45:08

If you think the main is good for kids then that is great, I'm never sure if I am over thinking things and making life harder for myself!

I know my LO would love it, but he eats anything and I wanted to see what other mums/dads thought.

I'm also going to have favours made up of games/snacks to keep noise to a minimum ;)

BackforGood Sun 14-Jul-13 17:49:22

Have to agree that - although my dc would all enjoy pasta in a tomato sauce, it is going to stain the new wedding clothes.
I know I'll probably be banned from MN for ever, but, in all my years of experience of feeding other people's children, you really can't go wrong with some nuggets or pizza.
Yes, mine all liked a 'Sunday dinner' type meal, but there will be quite a few parents that will worry about the fact it's cooked in cider.

forevergreek Sun 14-Jul-13 17:50:39

Mine would eat te main

Def not tomato sauce! Crazy idea with probably pale/ white clothes.

Pesto pasta or cheesy pasta, and some desert

With a little box with snacks like chedders/ flump marshmallows/ a drink etc etc . That they can eat before if long wait or after/ whenever.

forevergreek Sun 14-Jul-13 17:55:14

Also I find most kids like nice fruit. Mixed berries, some grapes, melon, kiwi etc all cut up that they can pick at

intarsia Sun 14-Jul-13 17:55:25

I think you should allow children the option of the adult main course or the children's food. You could include a slip in with the invite for catering. My two have always had what we eat but there would be others who like children's food. I would go for cheesy pasta .

TondelayoSchwarzkopf Sun 14-Jul-13 17:59:06

Chicken nuggets / lunchbox type snacks - DS eats a wide variety but his tastes are so various and random day to day that it's best to do a variety and one that doesn't require much adult supervision.

I think the tomato & basil sauce is a TERRIBLE idea! but then i got chocolate sauce down my wedding dress

starfishmummy Sun 14-Jul-13 18:02:20

Pork in cider sauce sounds lovely. The alcohol will be cooked off so no worries there.

LIZS Sun 14-Jul-13 18:06:06

I'd prefer smaller portions of main course . Are you offering a veggie option as that may suit younger palates ? Icecream always good as a dessert , maybe with dish of mini marshmallows, sprinkles, wafer, fruit etc so they can personalise.

MortifiedAdams Sun 14-Jul-13 18:09:58

Ask the parents: 1/2 portion of a pork dinner or chix nuggets and chips.

Id pick the 1/2 portion.

Maybe go for fresh fruit salad with a dollop or ice cream for pud

ivykaty44 Sun 14-Jul-13 18:12:39

Pork and veg with new potato sound fine for dc under 6, I don't see that serving a half or third portion would be a problem?

SoupDragon Sun 14-Jul-13 18:13:03

Mine wouldn't have eaten the pork. The boxes sound ideal.

I offered children the choice of half an adult meal (meat or veggie) or the kids nuggets and chips and just told the caterer when informing them of other dietary requirements.

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