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Party food, ideas please

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coldtea Fri 10-Jun-05 13:46:09

It's my ds' 5th birthday party on sunday & i have 15 children coming.

For a number of reasons i've decided to put the food straight onto the plates for the children, and have the table ready for when they sit down.

I'm having a mental block as to what to put on them. I don't want it too fussy as i'll be doing the same on each one, then the child can leave what they don't want.

I'm thinking nuggets, sausages & sausage rolls, maybe some cucumber wedges. I wasn't going to put anything sweet on the plate as we'll have Jelly & ice-cream after.

What would your childs ideal party plate have on it?

GhostofNatt Fri 10-Jun-05 14:06:09

small sandwiches (cheese, ham, marmite, egg mayo etc), small pizza slices, cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks, humous?

Lonelymum Fri 10-Jun-05 14:08:17

Grapes go down surprisingly well I find.

RTKangaMummy Fri 10-Jun-05 14:08:53

watermelon slices or chunks

popcorn plain or buttered

Lonelymum Fri 10-Jun-05 14:09:35

Also something chocolate. I have read your post and know you are talking about savoury things here, but not all children eat jelly and I am thinking of after they have eaten their plate load of savoury things.

GhostofNatt Fri 10-Jun-05 14:12:27

also celery sticks with cream cheese in (can put raisins on top for ants on a log)...

Iklboo Fri 10-Jun-05 14:13:12

Anything you can clean easily off your carpet/walls/curtains/pets
Last young 'uns party I went to had potato wedges/smily faces, garlic bread, cheese chunks etc as well

Newbarnsleygirl Fri 10-Jun-05 14:13:41

What about Eton Mess as well as Ice cream and Jelly. Always goes down a treat with kids.

Chunks of cheese either on a stick with pineapple or just on its own.

coldtea Fri 10-Jun-05 14:13:51

Good point Lonelymum, last year i had 28 children & made jelly with fruit in the bottom. BIG mistake i spent 1/2hr picking the fruit out as all i kept hearing was 'iiii don't liiike fruit' AARGHH.

coldtea Fri 10-Jun-05 14:15:21

Ants on a log sound great, i'm just a bit worried about the fussiness of the children after the jelly episode!

What is eton mess?

Lonelymum Fri 10-Jun-05 19:13:52

I can only ehco Coldtea, what is eton mess? Does it have another name? I can't believe there is something out there for kids that I have never heard of!

Lonelymum Fri 10-Jun-05 19:14:00


Gobbledigook Fri 10-Jun-05 19:16:37

For ds's 4th birthday party in April I did hotdogs - it was really easy and quick and they loved it! Did a few big bowls of crisps too (twists and hoops) and followed with ice-cream cornets. I also just had a big bowl of celebrations for the choc element!

All the parents were very impressed!

MarsLady Fri 10-Jun-05 19:17:35

Absolutely goobledigook! Perfect choice!

hunkermunker Fri 10-Jun-05 19:19:08

Eton mess is lovely - cream, strawberries and meringue, all squashed up. Yum! Had it last night, in fact!

Gobbledigook Fri 10-Jun-05 19:22:26

Was it your idea Mars? Someone gave me the idea but I can't remember who it was!

flobbleflobble Fri 10-Jun-05 19:31:11

Only crisps - all she ever eats

coldtea Fri 10-Jun-05 19:33:15

That's ok was going to put crisps in the middle

flobbleflobble Fri 10-Jun-05 19:45:17

Hope you all have a great time on Sunday

RTKangaMummy Sun 12-Jun-05 17:13:55

How did it go?

coldtea Sun 12-Jun-05 18:36:50

Fantastic, thanks for asking.

It was a lot better organised than last year(if i do say so myself!) & the children all seemed to have a great time.

The games started well with all joining in but they soon got fed up & wanted to play on all the things in our garden. I just went with the flow & let them play.

The entertainer was a bit disappointing but the children liked him.

Ds loved having it at home & i have to agree it felt like a nice intimate party. Am on a high now!

RTKangaMummy Mon 13-Jun-05 19:20:59

Glad it went well

MarsLady Mon 13-Jun-05 19:27:54

yes gobble it was my idea. I do it every year. Works like a charm

MarsLady Mon 13-Jun-05 19:29:08

sorry coldtea, how rude of me.

Glad the party went well!

Gobbledigook Mon 13-Jun-05 19:59:27

Mars - Jools is offline but she posted a thread for you this morning - did you see it?

Lovely pressie btw - she showed it to me this afternoon. She was quite choked!

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