For DD's 1st birthday last year I made some cream cheese sarnies, some ham sarnies, and we had strawberries and birthday cake. But it was only us, plus 2 of her nearly-1-year-old friends and their mums.
For her 2nd birthday party this Friday (with 9 little guests plus mums) I am planning to put out ham sandwiches, marmite sandwiches, babybel cheeses, plus tomatos, crisps, biscuits and strawberries, have plenty of mini-milk ice creams in the freezer and birthday cake to take home.
Like the idea for the adults foods - was not planning on putting out much for the mums and dads - am also still debating whether to offer wine or not? Feels a bit weird about offering alcohol at a kids party? Would Pimms be a good alternative?
we've never offered alcohol at children's parties! no need to. It is a party for the chilren after all. Yes it can be good to have some nibbles and soft drinks for the parents, but absolutely no need for booze.
no I woouldnt bother with alcohol, just tea and coffee at that time would be fine re the sugar thing, well you could put out loads of cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks and hummous but with a party going up to kids age 9 you'll probably take most of it home so I'd stick to things you know will get eaten - crisps, sausage rolls, chocolate fingers etc
My daughter will be 2 next month and she's having a party with 15 or so of her friends. The few parties that she has been to have served alcohol to the adults, one even had a bar. I don't know many of her friends parents and I feel a bit uncomfortable about serving alcohol. I don't want to seem ungenerous though, what's the form?