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Can I get away without sandwiches at a kids party?

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ridingsixwhitehorses Wed 25-Nov-15 22:37:50

It's a 5th birthday party and covers lunch as runs from 10.30-12.30 - can we get away with doing a lunch that doesn;t include sandwiches? We'll have savoury food - babybel, mini sausages, cherry tomatoes - as well as party food, but life would be so much easier if we didn't have to spend the morning making sandwiches. Also would a few plain small mini rolls work as a bread item? Any ideas for other savoury foods I can just buy in the shop? cheers - have a newborn, trying to make everything easy.

Bragadocia Wed 25-Nov-15 22:44:40

Absolutely no need to make sandwiches. Maybe get some baguettes, slice them and stick piles on big plates - then the kids can top them with the bits and pieces that you've poured out of packets. Or they can dip the bread in humus.

EasilyDistracted77 Wed 25-Nov-15 22:46:25

Garlic bread?

puffylovett Wed 25-Nov-15 22:47:13

Cold pizza slices

defineme Wed 25-Nov-15 22:48:35

Crisps, sausage/cheese rolls, pork pies, tuc sandwich biscuits, ready cut carrot sticks, berries/bunch grapes, bread sticks, houmous, cheese triangles,boxes of squash cartons, cheese straws, party ring biscuits,

It is much cheaper to just prep plates the night before eg cling film individual paper plates with a cheese sandwich, bag of crisps, sausages, grapes.

timelytess Wed 25-Nov-15 22:49:20

beware the mini tomatoes for health and safety reasons. they'll need chopping.
bake some mini potatoes, i always did those, they went down really well.
hummus and breadsticks. mini cheese rolls. crackers and random dips and spreads.

AnnaMarlowe Wed 25-Nov-15 22:51:10

I find that sandwiches only get eaten if parents are standing behind their kids insisting 'sandwich before cake!'

Sliced baguette is fine. You might want to add some carrot sticks or additional fruit in to the mix (grapes etc) always seems to get eaten and helps the 'sandwich crowd' feel better.

Bananalanacake Wed 25-Nov-15 22:51:17

yes, especially if you're in Germany. My German DP researched kids parties on the internet before our dd's 1st birthday, he thinks it most bizarre that sandwiches are served at British kids parties, that would never happen in Germany apparently, (though I wish I'd asked what they eat instead) smile

Hillfog Wed 25-Nov-15 22:51:50

Cheese and pineapple on sticks, sausage rolls, cold chicken nuggets

SecretBondGirl Wed 25-Nov-15 22:52:58

Breadsticks with different dips should do the trick

Allswellhere2 Wed 25-Nov-15 22:55:28

I wouldn't bother with sandwiches if I were you. After many years of eating all the left-over, going stale sarnies after the party I realised they are just a waste of time. I've probably done around 25 to 30 birthday parties adding all my children up and I've come to realise that food isn't that important for them. Quick snacking food is what they want - they want to play not eat smile So crisps, mini pizza, biscuits, buns, breadsticks, sausage/cheese & onion rolls. All you need really. Oh and I really regretted the year I included Angel Delight - no sloppy food! grin

TenThousandSpoons Wed 25-Nov-15 23:03:30

You can make a lot of ham sandwiches quite quickly. In my experience they do get eaten. The cheese sandwiches never get eaten. But it would be fine not to have sandwiches if you're doing sausage rolls/bread sticks and hummus etc

GiddyOnZackHunt Wed 25-Nov-15 23:12:09

Oh ten the one time I made sandwiches, the cheese ones disappeared and left us with a pile of jam sandwiches to freeze.
Usually I do pizza cut into bite size bits. Snacks. Sausages. A lot of sausages. Fruit (grape quarters), strawberries, satsuma bits etc. Jaffa cakes.

Pedestriana Wed 25-Nov-15 23:12:47

last year I did a party for 4year olds. They all had one small sandwich (cheese/ham), a packet of crisps, a fruit leather/bar, some carrot sticks and cucumber, raisins and a tube of yogurt with a carton of drink.
Then we got the cake out.
There wasn't much left.

ridingsixwhitehorses Wed 25-Nov-15 23:13:26

Brilliant thanks - you have reaffirmed what I thought - breadsticks great idea. Can't do ham as a couple of kids need halal (which applies to sausages too of course but at least a sausage looks like a sausage whereas a ham sandwich is sometimes ambiguous) and can;t bake as doing it in a hall. Don;t want to make any sandwiches however easy as have newborn as well as the birthday girl and a son in between the two and will have enough to do to get us all dressed in time and get the pass the parcel to the hall etc. Sliced baguette great idea.

I have a german friend - I will ask them.

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