Any suggestions for food at 1st Birthday party!!!
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Renae - posted on 02/14/2010
I am catering for the adults at my baby's 1st birthday, not the baby's. The baby's can eat whatever baby food their mother's bring for them. They are all at such different stages with what they are eating, if mothers want to give them some of the adult food then that's up to her but I dont specifically have the baby's in mind with my catering. Maybe I'm the odd one out though? I wonder what everyone else is doing?
Trina - posted on 02/11/2010
You could get those gerber graduate puffs, yogurts, cookies for the little ones. Also, you could have finger foods for the adults like vegetable tray, fruit tray, small deli meat sandwiches. Just a couple thoughts. I'm in the same boat :) My son turns 1 on the 4th of March so we are in the middle of planning the party too!! Good luck
Leanne - posted on 02/23/2010
I'm going to be making "healthier" foods for our guests and my little boy.
- Cupcakes (but a healthier version, Google is my friend!)
- Beef cocktail sausages wrapped in that Pillsbury dough boy crescent roll stuff with cheese inside.
- Pasta Salad
- Regular Salad
- Fruit Salad
- and hamburgers
No chips, they are not needed.. And really, not that healthy. I also am contemplating not buying pop for the party as well. I will probably just make a sparkling fruit juice for everyone. And if people have an issue with that, then they can just leave.. I don't want to risk someone feeding my son something unhealthy and something I don't want him to have, therefor it wont be at his party. I can't be everywhere at once!
Sandi - posted on 02/15/2010
those little mixed fruit pots
Jelly cubes (mould them yourself in ice cube trays)
small cubes of cheese
small quartered sandwiches
Veg sticks like cucumber sticks, carrot sticks, pepper sticks
chocolate fingers (keep the baby wipes handy! lol)
tins of spag hoops with the sausages in if the parents want to sit and feed their kids something warm
Try and stick to finger foods with a lot of different colours rather than quantity. You will probably have a lot of leftovers as they will be too busy to go past a couple of bites per item :) Also no little spoons and forks left laying around to pose a hazards. Nothing too dry and gloopy that they may gag on.
Mums & dads may well bring a bottle or their own foods for their baby, but have water, milk and diluted fruit juices at the ready. We just celebrated chinese new year and my daughter really enjoyed the fried noodles that my mum made. I just put them on a plate and she helped herself to them.
Also check that there aren't any babies with allergies and try to exclude those foods. My nephew is allergic to eggs and even if we keep them out of his reach he still takes my daughters dummy/gives her kisses/puts her fingers in his mouth which is a risk and can hause him to have a reaction. We just don't serve eggy food to the toddlers and keep it for the adults.
Hope that's a few ideas you can use
Kate - posted on 02/23/2010
I agree about not having pop! I will supply drink boxes for the kids, or even have white Grape Juice for them, so it can be put in a glass half and half with water! I am also going to serve punch, so gingerale is the only carbonated pop for the kids! Even my sister wants the punch with out the gingerale, I will have a container in the fridge for her kids! My friends' 3yr old has coke all the time(and that bugs the hell out of me, because the last time he was at our house he barfed his meal up because he ran around drinking coke all day!), and then she wonders why he is up til 10pm...DUH!! So if he wants pop, he can stay home!
If I have it my way, Ryan won't see a soda can til he is much older, say highschool?!
I wish you all a joyous 1st bday with all your LO's, no matter what you decide to do and serve!!
ShieMa - posted on 02/22/2010
More finger food for us, Gia likes to hold her food and chew some while playing. Oh, with supervision of course!..dont want her to get choke during her birthday though..Maybe fruit slices with choc sauce serve in a big plate..or small bite sandwiches...
Anna-Marie - posted on 02/21/2010
We are catering for everyone! We are having soft fruit kebabs, mickey mouse shaped club sandwiches (so some will have ham & tomato / ham & cheese / ham & pineapple / vegemite & lettuce etc) chocolate dipped fruits, mini cupcakes, mini muffins, sausage rolls, chicken kebabs (which can be pushed off for the littlies) chipolatas ... I am going to make a banana desert (so finely chopped banana with baby yoghurt for the babies and normal yoghurt for the adults also adding in some marshmellows), mickey mouse jellies and of course cake!
When I did my dd's party we had kid sized hamburgers, I sliced hot dogs into 4 pieces lenegth ways and then had a knief for parents to make small mini dogs for their kids. I had fruit(graps sliced in half) cut up and veggies child friendly sized again. Then there was chips, cake and ice cream,
Lots to drink. I try to make the menu the same...saves on the grief.
My dd's 2nd b-day was lassanga & salad- which my ds can eat now....just go with what your child like as a guideline
Kara - posted on 02/20/2010
I actually planned an early bday party for my lil man. So since it starts at 11:00, I am doing bagels, munchkins, and fruit. I have apple juice boxes, water and coffee for the adults. I have two older sisters that helped me with the idea since they have "done this before" :)
Can you believe our babies are going to be 1? I sure can't...
Kate - posted on 02/19/2010
I agree about catering to the Adults...afterall, I don't run a restaurant. My little March 5th man's party is a sports theme so we decided to do a bbq with dogs, burgs sausages and so forth! Two of the kids are his cousins, so I will be cooking chicken fingers for them; my friend's kids can either indulge in the fingers, or what will be bbq'd. If they don't like that they can chomp on the veggie tray, or look forward to the dose of sugar in the cake! I included on the invitation that "Game Fair" will be provided..so if they don't like dogs or burgs...they can either politely decline the invite or provide their own food; as I would do the same if I was invited to their "table". I will just put some of the burger meat in a puree, as well as some chicken fingers; and chop up a hot dog. he loves cheese strings when I cut them up in discs. I will also puree some fruit as well for dessert; it will be interesting to see how reacts to cake(and give him a lick or two of the icing, but not much).
My main thought right now is on the loot bags! Buying for 3yr olds, a 7 and 9 yr old is easy, but what do I give a 19mos old girl?! I am going back to work after a year long Mat leave, so I gotta buy the stuff soon and get it all wrapped!
Sarah - posted on 02/16/2010
A word of caution: if you're going to have lots of people over, or older kids running around, you might want to avoid choking hazard foods like popcorn, or raw veggies because sometimes people drop things on the floor without realizing it and if your almost one year olds are like my daughter - she has superhuman radar for trouble.
We're making lasagna and salad for the adults, but I figure my daughter can try a little of the lasagna before she has her cake!
Janice - posted on 02/15/2010
Unless you have something against lots of sugar. I recomend at least sticking with cake and Ice Cream as the mess they make with it is Picture perfect. I use the cake and Icecream messy pic as my thank you card pic after the party. As for big people food you can make what ever but keep it simple because you want to experince as much of the party as you can. Try just doing a pizza and that way your little one can eat it to as long as you break it up for them. Have fun its a party!!!
Pamela - posted on 02/15/2010
I like to make all my own stuff we made mini schnitzels, meat balls and marinated Chicken drumsticks the kids love food they can just grab and run off with. fairy bread is great too!! I don't like to provide to much sugar as the cake is plenty.. for a first birthday little cupcakes are enough they can all hold them. I say that but Im making my little man a dragon cake it is very ambitious of me but I think I might as well try .
my son will be 1 on the 14th Im so excited he has so many toys
Amanda - posted on 02/14/2010
I was struggling with this ideas as well. I like the idea to cater to the parents. The gerber items, maybe even some graham crackers, applesauce, cheerios would be good for the little ones and then pot luck style stuff for the adults?
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