The following is a guest post from Kate Howes of TakethePartyOutside.com from the YRSBiz Blogging Circle. The York Region Small Business Club helps small businesses in York Region connect online and in York Region. Their goal is to provide free or low-cost opportunities for local businesses to connect and engage with each other and ultimately to help small businesses succeed.
Fun with Food!
By Kate Howes – TakethePartyOutside.com
Birthday parties are only once a year so I always do my best to make them memorable for my kids. Over the years parties have become a bit of an art for me. One thing I’ve learned is if you are having it at home the children must be kept occupied at all times. Things must be scheduled and prepared ahead of time or chaos can beak out and the event can quickly become very overwhelming.
One of the things that I like to do is get the kids involved with the menu. Many children are picky so I like to have a variety of things for them to eat so no one goes home hungry. One time we did our own pizzas – I bought the little pre-done pizza shells, grated up cheese and had an assortment of other toppings all set out on the table and the kids put together their own personalized pizzas. They loved it, it was healthy and there was little or no waste because they liked what they were eating because they made it themselves.
Another cool thing we have done is take cut up fruit and make kabobs – I swear you can put anything on a stick and a kid will eat it. This is a great way to get kids to eat something healthy without even knowing it. One thing you need to remember, there is always that one kid that wants to stab someone with the skewer, so make sure they are not sharp.
The key to good kids party food is to make it fun.
• Cut sandwiches or fruit into shapes.
• Have the kids use veggies and dip and make a face – give a prize for the winner.
• Make punch with real berries in it, you can use 100% juice and avoid a lot of the sugar that pop has.
• Hollow out oranges or lemons and make individual fruit salad bowls. Not only are they pretty they are environmentally responsible.
• Whip up fresh fruit smoothies or slushies. Simply blend peeled and chopped fruit like watermelon or mango with ice to make the most refreshing and colourful party drink.
To make a creamy smoothie, blend fresh berries, banana or mango with reduced fat milk and flavoured yogurt.
Remember, be creative and have fun! Your children will eat healthier and continue to do so if you take the time to add that sprinkle of entertainment!