Afternoon birthday party---what food to provide?

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Posted: 4/8/2014 10:25:32 AM
We are having a birthday party for my oldest (just turned 11!) on Saturday. It will be held at a location with a rock climbing wall. There is a separate room that we are able to have cake, food, gifts, etc. The party is from 3-5. My DH has to work during that time so I will be the one doing all of the work, so I would like to keep things simple but also have more than just cake. What else would you serve that would be easy to transport and clean up? Thanks!



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Posted: 4/8/2014 11:21:24 AM
Around here people usually have pizza delivered. The gym is good with it. You don't want anything too messy because you want to spend most of your time supervising the kids and not cleaning up. Speaking of cleaning up, please be sure the kids have clean hands and that they haven't stepped on any food before they leave the party area. Clean holds and gear are super important when it comes to climbing safety. The kids should have a blast. Make sure you bring a camera to capture their moves.

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Posted: 4/8/2014 12:38:46 PM
Chips & Dip
Nachos
Fruit & Veggie Tray




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Posted: 4/8/2014 12:51:52 PM
I'd go with pizza delivery too.


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Posted: 4/8/2014 12:55:19 PM
Pizza. Chips/pretzels and call it good.

Check with the party place. I know our Lazer Quest venue has the number of a local pizza place that will deliver to their business for a party.

But, even if you have to bring it, pizza is good cold or hot.

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Posted: 4/8/2014 12:59:33 PM
I would not do a full meal at that time of day, I would just provide light snacks - pretzels, chips, etc.


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Posted: 4/8/2014 1:01:02 PM
Hiking/rock clilmbing food? Trail mix, fruit snacks, water?

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Posted: 4/8/2014 1:07:33 PM
For a 3-5 party, I would just do cake and drinks. Making sure to have bottled water and juice boxes. I wouldn't serve food as it's after lunch and too close to dinner.


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Posted: 4/8/2014 1:13:09 PM
Thanks! Pizza would be easy but also expensive (there are 15 kids invited) and it isn't really a meal time. I think I will go with a fruit/veggie tray, Chex mix, and other finger foods.



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Posted: 4/8/2014 1:14:20 PM
I wouldn't serve pizza that close to dinnertime. I'd do pretzels, grapes, cut up veggies with ranch dressing. I also like the trail mix idea.


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Posted: 4/8/2014 1:27:59 PM
We've had parties at rock climbing places. I wouldn't do more than cake. They spend the time at the beginning getting gear and going over safety rules. Then the kids want to maximize their time on the walls. We barely had time to get the cake in before the party was over.

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Posted: 4/8/2014 2:02:17 PM
SisterBDSQ--that's a great idea! I don't know why I hadn't thought of that (or searching Pinterest for rock climbing party ideas)! Thanks!

Darcy_Collins--good to know. We haven't been to this place before so I don't really know what to expect. They said one hour of climbing and then we will have one hour for cake, gifts, etc.



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Posted: 4/8/2014 2:12:37 PM

Darcy_Collins--good to know. We haven't been to this place before so I don't really know what to expect. They said one hour of climbing and then we will have one hour for cake, gifts, etc.


They might have a different set up then. At ours you're paying for the "guides" and access to the wall for 2 hours - so as long as the kids wanted to climb, I was happy for them to climb (especially at those prices!). You might only have access to the wall(s) and guides for climbing for an hour, so you have a full hour to fill with other activities/food. Our gymnastics place is like that, two hour party, but only the first hour is actually in the gym, the second hour is in the party room, and they move a whole different party into the gym, so it's off limits.

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Posted: 4/8/2014 2:15:15 PM
Yeah, the whole party is outside of their normal hours of operation. They close at 3:00. They said to be there a little early for kids to get their gear on so I put 2:45 on the invite. Then they will climb from 3:00-4:00 and then have cake, etc.



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Posted: 4/8/2014 2:23:15 PM
Now I am wondering if I should have a back up plan if we finish with cake and gifts early? I suppose I could just tell parents to come a little before 5:00.



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Posted: 4/8/2014 6:08:00 PM
We had DGDs party from 3-5 last year and just served cake, ice cream and bottles of water.
It was a big hit and we didn't end up with a huge food budget and wasted food
And because we did cake early in the party the kids weren't too full to eat their dinners that night
The moms were all very happy


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Posted: 4/8/2014 9:25:46 PM
I'm going to suggest adding in a couple of gluten free options. Easy things like potato chips, cut up fruit, cheese cubes.

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Posted: 4/9/2014 9:24:59 PM
I would do pizza or a sub sandwich tray, plus a small fruit tray & veggie tray, drinks, cupcakes. You won't need tons of food since it's mid afternoon, maybe 2 pizzas and the fruit/veggie trays, case of drinks and cupcakes ...
Since you only have 15 kids that should be pretty inexpensive.


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Posted: 4/9/2014 9:28:34 PM
FYI my oldest son had a rock climbing party when he turned 6 - it was a blast. I think we had about 14/15 kids as well...it was just me with 3 little ones running the party (besides climbing guides for the climbing part) and I did order pizza and I brought the other stuff I listed in my other post - fruit/ veggies etc. It was pretty easy and fun.
Hope it's a blast


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