Young children can be messy eaters—and when you put them in a birthday party setting, that can spell food disasters galore! Better to serve foods in smaller sizes that young children can easily manage than to risk spillage and tears with larger food items.
For example, all kids love hot dogs. But handing a hot dog topped with condiments in a bun to a young child can be hazardous to your carpet. Serving pigs in a blanket, those little cocktail wienies baked in a piece of refrigerator croissant, is a better choice. Even if one gets dropped, it won’t make a huge mess!
The same goes for pizza, which most kids also love. Choose easy-to-handle pizza puffs over a large pizza cut in slices.
Kids find finger sandwiches festive as well as tasty. Cut the crusts off the bread and fill a serving plate with two-inch long tuna salad sandwiches.
Keep fruits and veggies small, too. Offer baby carrots, short pieces of celery and small slices of apple or segments of tangerines.
In lieu of a two-or-three layer birthday cake and scoops of ice cream that will undoubtedly become runny, serve cupcakes and ice pops instead.
You get the idea—keeping party food kid-sized works best!