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Kid’s party food in mid 1990s onwards - what have a missed!

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Cloudtraffic Fri 11-Sep-20 22:07:40

So we are looking to do a typical late 1990s/early 2000s “kids party buffet” to celebrate adult DC’s birthdays (think 24 years+)

This is their ask not me being weird!

Obviously we did shopping and catering then but blowed if I can remember beyond obvious what was in the menu - so what have I missed (obviously generic here!)?

Colin the Caterpillar cake (Obvs)
Sandwiches - egg, ham, chicken, cheese
Pineapple on sticks (why?)
Sausage rolls
Salad (to look good)
Hummus, dips and olives (exotic at time!)
Crisps - no idea what they had (pombears?)

Any other nostalgic suggestions?

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BogRollBOGOF Fri 11-Sep-20 22:09:09

Party rings
Jam tarts

minipie Fri 11-Sep-20 22:10:27

Hula hoops for crisps
Animal biscuits?

zigzagbetty Fri 11-Sep-20 22:11:10

Cocktail sausages, jelly and ice cream

DistinguishedCarrot Fri 11-Sep-20 22:12:22

Hedgehog cake!

Cheese and pineapple on sticks.

Cocktail sausages

BlodwynBludd Fri 11-Sep-20 22:13:30

Iced gems.

doodlejump1980 Fri 11-Sep-20 22:13:33

Cocktail sausages on sticks.
Chocolate truffles.
Skips crisps
Garlic bread

MrsR87 Fri 11-Sep-20 22:14:06

Iced gems! Don’t know if you can still get them!

Cloudtraffic Fri 11-Sep-20 22:14:54

Party rings!! How could I forget them?

Oh god now remembering crafting sausage/pineapple/cheese hedgehog with a grapefruit half covered in foil!


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BertieBotts Fri 11-Sep-20 22:15:49

It was always cubes of cheese with the pineapple on sticks. Not just pineapple by itself!

I don't think there was salad. Crisps would just be your bog standard Asda multipack of flavours emptied into bowls. Maybe Walkers if you were really posh. Probably just plain, salt and vinegar and cheese and onion.

Hula hoops though!! To put on your fingers. And Skips. OK maybe these are more exciting than Walkers.

Jelly in a mould. Blancmange. Rice crispie cakes.

Cocktail sausages defo. Either the purchased cold ones, or a load cooked in the oven and left to go cold before the party.

Cold pizza slices.

Maybe I'm too early 90s in period.... possibly by the 2000s we wanted salad, I can't remember grin

BertieBotts Fri 11-Sep-20 22:16:21

You'll have to get giant hula hoops so giant adult DC can fit them on their fingers smile

Albern Fri 11-Sep-20 22:16:24

Pink wafer biscuits / party rings

Timeforabiscuit Fri 11-Sep-20 22:16:28

Sliced Swiss roll

Cheese and small pickled onion on sticks

Quiche Lorraine

Sliced French bread baguettes (posh at the time!)

Chocolate finger biscuits, jammy Dodgers

Callybrid Fri 11-Sep-20 22:16:32

Pink wafers
Party rings
Iced Gems
Hula Hoops
Marmite sandwiches
Chicken drumsticks
Cheese and pineapple on sticks

And then Parma violets, love hearts and refreshers with a pencil in the party bag

BertieBotts Fri 11-Sep-20 22:17:15

Also, whole grapes. Or had the MN obsession with cut grapes already happened by then?

TweetUsOnFacebook Fri 11-Sep-20 22:17:19

Pom Bears

SingingWaffleDoggy Fri 11-Sep-20 22:17:57

Pink wafers, but we’ve never stopped having them at parties!

Xmasbaby11 Fri 11-Sep-20 22:18:37

Isn't this what kids eat now? My dc are little and this is standard party food, apart from cheese and pineapple on sticks. I don't think party food has moved on!

Polkasquare Fri 11-Sep-20 22:18:47

Bagel snake. You news the Annabel Karmel children's party food book!

Invisimamma Fri 11-Sep-20 22:18:53

Potato smiles
Sunny D
Turkey dinosaurs
Pink panther wafers
Findus crispy pancakes
Top hats
Rice cripsy cakes

Cocktail stick hedgehog (cheese cocktail sausages and pcikes on sticks stick into a melon wrapped in foil)

Polkasquare Fri 11-Sep-20 22:19:09

NEED ,not news

Cloudtraffic Fri 11-Sep-20 22:19:23

Responses really interesting - were you the party child/guest or the parent/cater prepping party (so with throwback to your childhood parties)?

Memories must differ depending I guess - am fully signed up to ice gems!!

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itwilldropoff Fri 11-Sep-20 22:19:32

Mini sausage rolls
Pickled onion/pineapple and cheese on stick
Chicken drumsticks
Salt and vinegar chipsticks

ArchbishopOfBanterbury Fri 11-Sep-20 22:20:50

Quiche, cold pizza, mini scotch eggs.

Those little cheesy cracker biscuit shapes - in hearts and diamonds and spades. What were they called? Cheese savories... perhaps?

Tiny pretzel shapes too.

Invisimamma Fri 11-Sep-20 22:21:46

I was a 90s kid. Umbongo cartons were the absolute epitome of posh kids party food.

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