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Posted: 1/7/2013 11:12:35 PM
Besides pizza?
DD's party is next week and I want something besides pizza this year. I did sloppy joes in the past and no one ate them.

The party will be half and half adults and kids.

I thought sandwich fixings maybe, but don't know what to serve with it. I don't know.

What do you serve at your kids birthday parties at dinner time?

ETA- her party is at 6 PM.


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Posted: 1/7/2013 11:17:59 PM
Pizza is what is pretty much served around here.

Hot dogs or hamburgers?


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Posted: 1/7/2013 11:18:41 PM
I do a taco bar for a group of kids and adults.
Taco meat
Wraps
Hard shells
tomatoes
lettuce
sour cream
guacamole
salsa
shredded cheese

I put extra lettuce and some plain "dorito" type chips in case anyone wants to make a taco salad instead.



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Posted: 1/7/2013 11:21:56 PM
I was going to say taco/nacho bar. Kids eat up queso around here like crazy.

You could do sausages/be
brats and hot dogs (grill ahead and keep warm) with a pasta salad.

Subway sandwiches or your idea of a sandwich bar is good too.

You could end it with a make your own sundae bar.

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Posted: 1/7/2013 11:24:10 PM
I guess I should say it is around 10 degrees here when the sun goes down. We won't be able to grill anything.


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Posted: 1/7/2013 11:27:30 PM
Hot Dogs wrapped in Crescent Rolls cooked in the oven. Kids love them, since you can't grill. Or KFC chicken

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Posted: 1/7/2013 11:32:10 PM
When I have had kid only parties I've done pizza. Every. Time.

When I do her family parties at our house I do whatever. One year we did burgers, brats, and hot dogs. One year lasagna, salad, and garlic bread. Others include BBQ pork, chicken salad on croissants, silver dollar buns with ham, turkey, or roast beef. The year we did a luau I did a Hawaiian menu.

My kid pretty much eats anything, so I don't cater to her cousins ~ we do our whatever goes with our "theme" or whatever she wants.

Next year it may be a taco bar.

I pretty much always put out veggies and dip and fresh fruit and often a pasta salad or green salad with whatever I'm making.

DD's bday is in August, but for winter I may do:
Hot turkey and gravy or Italian beef
chili
lots of appetizers for lunch or dinner
soup (a few different kinds)
baked ziti
enchiladas

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Posted: 1/8/2013 12:33:55 AM
Standard fare for kids parties here is:
pizza
party pies
sausage rolls
frankfurts
fairy bread
chicken nuggets
chocolate crackles
honey joys
jelly (frog in a pond)

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Posted: 1/8/2013 12:44:50 AM
I've only ever done pizza once for DS1's 3rd birthday.

1st birthday was lunch at a home party with kids and adults. I had chicken nuggets, veggie tray, fruit tray, sweet and sour meatballs, sui mai (chinese dumplings my dad made), spring rolls (also made by dad), queso and chips, and cake.

2nd birthday was snack (2-4) for kids at the community centre gym. I still served a veggie tray, spinach dip, Munchie mix and cake.

3rd birthday was (lunch, 12-2) for kids at a home party with pizza, along with a veggie and fruit tray and cake.

4th birthday we went to Red Robin for lunch after Build A Bear.

5th birthday we're having hot dogs, veggie and fruit tray and cake at the bowling alley.

DS2 is having his first friend party this year. He's turning 3. We're having sandwiches and a veggie tray and cake. There's only 5 kids plus parents going to an indoor toddler/preschooler playground.




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Posted: 1/8/2013 1:10:48 AM
Sandwich platters from a sub shop,pizza, spaghetti. What is your kids' favorite food? A party we recently went to served grilled (in a pan on the stove) hotdogs and a huge pot of mac'cheese because it was the birthday kid's favorite meal

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Posted: 1/8/2013 2:06:16 AM

Standard fare for kids parties here is:
pizza
party pies
sausage rolls
frankfurts
fairy bread
chicken nuggets
chocolate crackles
honey joys
jelly (frog in a pond


and the little boys. Don't forget them!!!


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Posted: 1/8/2013 2:15:35 AM
DD doesn't eat a whole lot. She is super picky. She would eat chicken nuggets every day if she had her way. She does love pizza, sandwiches, hamburgers, and hot dogs though.


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Posted: 1/8/2013 2:36:49 AM

------------------------------------------------------------------------Standard fare for kids parties here is:
pizza
party pies
sausage rolls
frankfurts
fairy bread
chicken nuggets
chocolate crackles
honey joys
jelly (frog in a pond
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and the little boys. Don't forget them!!!

A true Aussie kids party

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Posted: 1/8/2013 4:01:16 AM

and the little boys. Don't forget them!!!


I did say frankfurts..... thought it might scare the non Australian's if I said we eat little boys LOL!

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Posted: 1/8/2013 4:34:42 AM
I often make mini quiches with ham and cheese filling, fried rice, hot dogs, meatballs and sauce, chicken nuggets just to name a few.

I hope the party is a big success and everyone enjoys it


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Posted: 1/8/2013 6:51:27 AM
I serve a taco bar often in those situations. I've had the pickiest eaters eat dinner. And I do mean those kids are picky! At 10, they still get McDonald's for her and take it to another restaurant.

Seasoned Shredded chicken
Seasoned Ground beef
Cheese
Lettuce
Diced tomatoes
Diced onions
Black olives
Black beans
Mexican rice
Guacamole
Sour cream
Salsa
Taco shells (minis are favorites!)
Taco chips
Tortillas

I let the kids serve themselves. Sure some may just eat cheese in a tortilla. But they are being fed. I was going to serve something different at DD's party last year, but the girls requested this again. Luckily, it's easy to do everything ahead of time. I just chop and dice everything up earlier in the day and put it in the fridge in serving bowls covered in plastic wrap. I unwrap and heat as necessary. And it looks great with my Fiestaware!


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Posted: 1/8/2013 9:04:45 AM
aussiemeg, i need a translation.

for the op, how old are the kids.

pizza is probably the cheapest and easiest.

whenever we go to a party where kids are invited, there is a chick fil a nugget tray. start with that and add whatever else you want. super easy.

i think kids would like funeral sandwiches. those would be easy to serve to a crowd.

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Posted: 1/8/2013 9:25:00 AM
I have done the hotdogs wrapped in crescent rolls...big hit! Put out dips (mustards, ketchup,etc}

I did a popcorn bar for NYE. I bought lots of the seasonings and then had bowls of other toppings (Whoppers, mini marshmallows, sour patch kids, Reese's pieces, etc). Huge hit with the kids and adults too!


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Posted: 1/8/2013 9:27:55 AM
Kids party:
Bagels and cream cheese
Pita and cut veggies with hummus
Fruit
Cheese and crackers
Chocolate dipped Oreos
Cake

Adult / family party with kids:
Soup
Cold meat platter
Cole slaw
Breads and sandwich fixings
Potato knishes
Marinated vegetables
Israeli salad
Hummus/cut veggies
Marinated olives/pickles
Cake
Fruit
Gingerbread loaf (it was end of nov)


Older dd wanted pizza at her family party so I did:
Baked spaghetti
Pizza
Green salad
Tomato salad
Roasted veggies
Ice cream cake
Fruit
Pumpkin cookies

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Posted: 1/8/2013 9:56:02 AM
I do pizza or sandwich trays for a typical birthday party.

One year DS asked for a traditional cookout, so we had hot dogs, hamburgers, and some faux meats for the vegetarians.

What I try to always do is offer a lot of fruits and veggies and skip the chips, pretzels, candy, etc.. I just feel like cake & ice cream is enough junk food for one meal. The kids always eat the fruit & veggies. If you offer a variety, they'll likely find something they like, even if they are fairly picky.

Or if I want one snacky food, then I try to just have one. Just Pirate Booty or just Pretzels, etc..

For DS's Toy Story Party we had cheese curls as our nod to AL in TS2.



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Posted: 1/8/2013 10:13:24 AM
We've started doing brunch or lunch parties for our girls, although we usually have more adults than kids.

For brunch, I usually make baked blueberry french toast, an egg/sausage breakfast casserole, fruit salad, and have juice/milk/coffee.

If I'm doing lunch, we've done BBQ beef sandwiches, baked potato soup, chili, or a baked potato bar.

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Posted: 1/8/2013 10:19:33 AM

What I try to always do is offer a lot of fruits and veggies and skip the chips, pretzels, candy, etc.. I just feel like cake & ice cream is enough junk food for one meal. The kids always eat the fruit & veggies. If you offer a variety, they'll likely find something they like, even if they are fairly picky.


Ditto




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Posted: 1/8/2013 10:23:51 AM
Since you can't grill, you could always boil the hot dogs, put them in buns and wrap them in foil - the steam from the hot dogs steams the buns and makes them soft - perfect when they unwrap them to "dress" them. We've done that a couple of times before and they're perfect. You can make them before the party, then put them in the oven on "warm" and they stay perfect until you're ready to serve.




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Posted: 1/8/2013 11:26:56 AM
We have done all kinds of things, never pizza though.

Some various main themes we've used: BBQ (hamburgers, hot dogs), BBQ Chicken, Baked Potato Bar, Taco Bar, Baked Macaroni & Cheese, Pasta Alfredo with Grilled Chicken, Brunch, Sanwhiches.

I am currently getting ready to start planning my DS's 3rd birthday party. I am going to start with food he will eat that is adult as well and then plan my menu off of that. I figure it is their celebration, not mine -- what they like is my inspiration.



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Posted: 1/8/2013 11:38:49 AM
What does your dd want? She knows what she and her friends like to eat - I'd ask her and let her help plan/prepare


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Posted: 1/8/2013 12:40:51 PM
Do you have a local Arby's? I bring my crockpot there and they fill it. It always goes over so well. I serve it with chips, fruit and veggies. Maybe a pasta salad and baked beans too.

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What does your dd want? She knows what she and her friends like to eat - I'd ask her and let her help plan/prepare


That is where I usually start too


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Posted: 1/8/2013 12:57:54 PM
One year we had spaghetti, heals bread and salad for my sisters birthday party. Every body loved it. I think she was 9 or 10.

Some of the things weve done: lasagna, hot dogs, hamburgers


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Posted: 1/8/2013 2:45:54 PM
We just had a fondue party and asked everyone to bring something to dip.


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Posted: 1/8/2013 3:47:34 PM

What I try to always do is offer a lot of fruits and veggies and skip the chips, pretzels, candy, etc.. I just feel like cake & ice cream is enough junk food for one meal.


I knew I'd come away from this thread feeling guilty LOL!! I would never serve vegetables at a kids birthday party. It's a party!!! You're supposed to eat junk!!

I remember taking DD to a party once when she was about 4. The host had made up these little pack for the kids with sandwiches and vegetable sticks and hommus etc. Then she ordered pizza for the adults. Guess what all the kids wanted ?

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party pies - little meat pies
sausage rolls - sausage mince in pastry
frankfurts/little boys - mini hotdogs
fairy bread - bread with sprinkles
chocolate crackles - 'cakes' made from Rice Bubbles and cocoa
honey joys - 'cakes' made from Cornflakes, melted butter and honey
jelly (frog in a pond) - Jello with a chocolate frog sticking out

Not much healthy stuff there!!!

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Posted: 1/8/2013 3:58:43 PM
Hot Dogs cooked in crockpot are easy and quick. Kids can eat with or without a bun.

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Does she like any soup? You could have a couple soups in crockpots with bread/rolls.


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Posted: 1/8/2013 7:08:36 PM

I would never serve vegetables at a kids birthday party. It's a party!!! You're supposed to eat junk!!


They like it! They really like it!

Honestly, I think they just like being able to pick and choose a few with no one yapping at them about having to eat them.

At the Toy Story Party we called it Trixie's Herbivore Platter.

At our Halloween Party I arranged it like a skeleton. I had to keep remaking that skeleton all party long.




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Posted: 1/8/2013 7:10:06 PM
I've sworn off parties this year, but I love the brunch idea.

I think I may do that for our annual Easter Egg Hunt. (Which I am going to call a "special event" in my head, since we're not doing "parties". )



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Posted: 1/8/2013 8:01:31 PM
I was thinking a taco bar too, or maybe just serve appetizers/finger foods. Turkey and ham on small whole grain and white rolls, vegetable tray, fruit tray, chips, dip, pasta salads, cheese and cracker tray, ...


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Posted: 1/8/2013 8:14:56 PM
Hot Dog bar...

you could rent one of those hotdog machines that has the rollers at a rental place. Or, just boil them in water.

Have all kinds of toppings

Maybe some potato / macaroni salad

Chips and pretzels
vegies and dip


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Posted: 1/8/2013 8:18:54 PM
We usually order the party subs from BJ's in a couple of different types of deli meats, chips and drinks. We always have plenty of left overs and is more than enough to feed everyone. Usually I just make appetizers and salads to go with the sandwiches.


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Posted: 1/8/2013 9:19:41 PM
I did a brunch for DD's 5th birthday...you could tweak it into a Breakfast for Dinner kind of thing. You could have someone man the waffle maker and have toppings for waffles, or pancakes.

We did:
A yogurt bar with mini Greek yogurts with different mix-ins, like different kinds of Cheerios, graham cracker crumbs, sprinkles, raisins, etc. A huge hit.

Breakfast fruit kabobs with mini waffles and strawberries. I made mini-versions on lollipop sticks and put fruit dip in the middle instead of cool whip. Breakfast Fruit Kabobs

Cinnamon Toast rolls. Basically you flatten out bread, spread melted butter and cinnamon sugar on it, roll them up, brush a little more butter/cinnamon sugar on top, secure with a toothpick, and bake in the oven until crispy.

Fruit with Dip (cream cheese, marshmallow fluff, and a little vanilla)

Drinks (different juices, milk, water)

Then I always make a mini-cake for the birthday girl and cupcakes for the other guests.


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