Kids Party Food

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* Allow 2-3 drinks per child although that will change according torepparttar weather and how boisterousrepparttar 105379 activities are. Make sure that disposable cups aren't too flimsy, as with little kids paper cups tend to get a bit soggy roundrepparttar 105380 lip and thin plastic ones tend to get crushed by little hands. The same applies to paper plates. I always write names on each cup and plate (or stick pictures on) to save mixing them up asrepparttar 105381 kids always forget which one is theirs. Party Food Boxes are a great and fun alternative and are much easier forrepparttar 105382 younger kids to use.

* To bake or not to bake. Ask yourself how much time you have, how good are your cooking skills and what is your budget. I tend to do a mixture of both shop bought and homemade party food. I must admit that shop bought party food often works out cheaper if you buyrepparttar 105383 shops own brand and in bulk and obviously saves a huge amount of time and energy. Buy foodstuffs that have a long shelf life or are freezable so then there is less wastage. Or you could do a mix such as buying a packet biscuit/cake mix and decoratingrepparttar 105384 goodies yourself. Your child will love to help I'm sure!

* Where you are going to set uprepparttar 105385 party food table and where do you wantrepparttar 105386 kids to eat? Remember, if it's a buffetrepparttar 105387 guests will need somewhere to sit. We often lay down a big mat which allrepparttar 105388 kids sit on and have a sort of indoor picnic if it's too wet/cold to be outdoors.

* Will some ofrepparttar 105389 parents be staying forrepparttar 105390 party? I don't usually cater specially forrepparttar 105391 adults but if you haverepparttar 105392 time it's nice sometimes to prepare one party food item that is more adult appropriate although adults still like crisps and popcorn!

* Atrepparttar 105393 end ofrepparttar 105394 party you won't feel like cooking forrepparttar 105395 family so make sure that you have something ready cooked inrepparttar 105396 freezer.

If you would like some really easy party recipes that always go down well withrepparttar 105397 kids, take a look at You will also find lots of ideas for kids party themes and games to ensure that you have a great party.

Nicole is the mother of 3 children and the author of Kids Party Cabin came about as Nicole realised that busy parents were often in need of a place to go for advice, ideas and resources to help them plan a kids party. does just that - party themes, party food, games, decorations, entertainment directory and lots of great resources.

Easy summer salads, lighter foods for a brighter summer

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Easy poached chicken salad


4 chicken breasts (skinless)

1 finely sliced red onion

1 whole half onion

4 good ripe tomatoes sliced thickly

250 grams/4ozs salad leaves mixed

4ozs raisins soaked in hot water for ten minutes

1 half lemon

2 fresh or dry bay leaves

1-teaspoon peppercorns black

1 small French, stick loaf or similar sliced into 1/2 slices

Forrepparttar dressing:

1/4 cup olive oil

1clove garlic crushed

1/2 dessert spoon Dijon or other mild mustard

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar To makerepparttar 105377 dressing, whiskrepparttar 105378 vinegar and mustard together withrepparttar 105379 garlic, slowly addrepparttar 105380 olive oil while whisking and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Bring a pan of water torepparttar 105381 boil withrepparttar 105382 bay leaves, 1/2 white onion, lemon and peppercorns. Carefully addrepparttar 105383 chicken and simmer gently until cooked, if you unsure it is worth investing a few dollars in a meat thermometer. The temperature should be at least 75 celcius/167 Fahrenheit, putrepparttar 105384 sliced bread on a baking tray and drizzle withrepparttar 105385 olive oil and season with salt.

Bake in a medium oven until crisp but soft inrepparttar 105386 middle. Mixrepparttar 105387 leaves together withrepparttar 105388 onions and raisins. Turn inrepparttar 105389 salad dressing and put into 4 good-sized bowls. Place slices of tomato and bread aroundrepparttar 105390 edge. Slicerepparttar 105391 warm chicken at an angle and put attractively on top offrepparttar 105392 salad. Sit back, enjoy and get someone else to dorepparttar 105393 washing up." is a new quality easy recipe, cookery tips and information site, for great tasting food that is also easy to cook. Cooking should be a joy not a chore. Using the best ingredients and keeping it simple means your food tastes good with the minimum of fuss. . Cookery book reviews, we choose the best in current and classic recipe books and food travel writers. Also product and good food suppliers.

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