Nothing delights us as parents as throwing an unforgettable birthday bash for the kiddos. A kid's birthday party is a special occasion to lavish special attention on the little ones. However, that doesn’t mean you have to break your bank balance in the process.
Birthday parties can turn pricey quickly, what with the venues, goodie bags, custom cakes, entertainers, and of course, the party menu. But, it doesn’t have to be so. Trimming the food budget is one of the easiest ways to keep down the overall costs. But, that doesn’t mean you have to stick with PB & J sandwiches.
Here in this post, we give you helpful pointers on keeping the overall budget down while planning creative and kid-friendly menus.
Menu for a kids’ birthday party
10. Hot Dog Stands
Hot dogs are one of the universal foods that appeal to people of all ages and especially for kids. You can set up a live grill station and serve them piping hot. What more, today, you can find plenty of vegetarian and vegan hot dogs as well.
For a unique twist, you can serve hot dogs without the bun. “Pigs in a blanket” is one such food that appeals to kids and is an excellent way to balance out all the sweet dishes at the birthday party. And, what more, it's mess-free, meaning it wins brownie points with parents as well.
Conversely, you can set up a hot dog bar and let the kiddos load up their dishes according to their preference.
09. Ice Cream Bar
The two main dishes that all birthday kids and their guests care about are cake and ice-cream. They don’t bother about other dishes as much.
An ice-cream sundae bar is easy to set-up, appeals to the kids, and is pocket-friendly. Have your birthday party caterer set up an ice-cream station with lots of flavors and plenty of toppings like gems, Nutella, caramel syrup, sprinkles, brownies, candy bars, crushed cookies, and much more. Make sure to include several healthy toppings like peaches, berries, and pineapples.
As kids plus ice-cream is a combination for big, sloppy messes, provide plenty of napkins and wipes.
08. Crunchy, Trail Mixes
This one’s a healthier option when compared to regular birthday dishes. If you think, trail mix is a boring option; it’s time to change your opinion. Mix up a wide variety of foods to include in the trail mix.
One of the most significant benefits of this super-healthy dish is that it can be customized to suit the theme of your event. For instance, if you’re celebrating a tiny-superstar birthday party, you can mix popcorn, chocolate covered raisins, and peanuts to suit your theme. Cheese flavored crackers, dried fruits, candy-coated chocolate pieces, bagel chips are all yummy additions.
Since trail mixes very often include nuts, make sure to ask parents about allergies of their kiddos before the party.
07. Simple Sandwiches
Sandwiches are one of the easiest and cheapest party foods to serve at a kid's birthday party. This is a big hit with a toddler party as they are familiar with it, and it’s easy to nibble on. You cannot go wrong with a classic PB& J sandwich. However, you can spruce it up by adding cut strawberries, various jams, banana slices, etc.
If you’re worried that sandwiches look boring for a party, try to get your caterer to cut it into different shapes. The fun forms are sure to appeal to the younger kiddos and are an easy way to incorporate the theme of your event.
06. Pizza Party
We can bet you that 90 out of 100 kids will answer, “Pizza,” if you ask them what you want to serve at their birthday party. And this is good for your wallet too. If popular chain pizza stores are beyond your budget, you can ask your caterer to create small pizzas at pocket-friendly prices.
The best thing about pizzas at a birthday party is that you can customize the topping to suit individual palates and tastes. Additionally, you can make topping the pizza as an entertainment activity at your event.
Is there a kid who doesn’t love cookies? Chocolate chip, peanut butter, snickerdoodle, rolled out sugar, oatmeal raisin – the options are endless. Cookies are a cheaper option to serve than regular party meals. What more, you can get it customized to suit the color theme and style of your event.
For added birthday appeal, you can order cookies in fun shapes and go overboard with the sprinkles.
04. Fruit Punches
This is a typical dish that was a constant in birthday parties of yesteryears. While consumption of these sugar-loaded drinks is not recommended during regular days, they are a well-received treat at birthday parties.
Sugary fruit punches are a great way to quench the thirst of your pint-sized guests without having to resort to aerated drinks.
These drinks are available in a wide variety of colors, and you can pick the favorite color of the birthday child or opt for a few different flavors and colors.
This one’s a kiddie favorite and is super-cheap. What more, pasta is sure to please even the pickiest eaters. If you’re looking to serve a full-sized meal at your kid’s party, opt for pasta. Classic mac and cheese, buttered Indian masala pasta, spaghetti, and tomato are endless.
02. Taco Bar
This one’s a relatively new option. Tacos are silently emerging as one of the most popular child-friendly meals. A great way to add some pizzazz to your event is by setting up a taco bar. Set up several toppings and let the kiddos load their taco with their favorite ones.
01. Ice Pops
Is there any other dish that screams summer? Ice-pops are a must for any summer birthday party. This is the ideal birthday party snack, primarily if your event is held at an outdoor venue.
What more, they are easy to make and can be made ahead of time. Don’t want to break your backs, making them? Contact your catering company in Gurgaon and have them made ahead of time. You can store them in a simple cooler and serve it right at your venue.
The Last Word
When it comes to kid’s birthday party meals, you needn’t break your wallet by opting for fancy menus. All you need is creativity and a passionate caterer, and you’re all set. For the most innovative kid-friendly birthday party menus, get in touch with our expert chefs at Captain Joe. Give us a call at +91-989-998-8185 or drop in a line at email@example.com to plan an exceptional Birthday party catering in Gurgaon for your little one.