Kids Party Food

Written by Nicole

Planning a kids party invovlves you thinking of so many things - games, decorations, themes, gifts and of course food. But food is not as important as you think and with a bit of careful planning it can be made as "easy as pie"!.

You may be a gourmet cook and love to cook but my advice would be to keeprepparttar party food simple. Many a time I have spent worrying and slaving over recipe books up till midnight but whenrepparttar 105379 day comes, only half of it is eaten.

You should have some party food but food is a lower priority forrepparttar 105380 kids than playing games, friends getting together and simply having fun. Teenagers are an exception, as teenage boys especially seem to have a voracious appetite so make PLENTY of it.

Remember a lot of kids are fussy eaters, even if your child is not, so err onrepparttar 105381 side of caution. Concentrate on child friendly and fun party foods. Let your standards slip for once, but do bear in mind that too much sugary foods and drinks can cause very hyperactive children.

Tips for perfect party food planning:

* Plan ahead. The time of day forrepparttar 105382 party will influencerepparttar 105383 type of party food that you may want to provide. If you are going for mid morning or mid afternoon, snacks will be fine. Think about how much you andrepparttar 105384 kids would normally eat around that time of day. Plan how many kids are coming and allow 3Ė4 different savoury plus 2-3 sweet party food choices as well asrepparttar 105385 cake. Don't forget that some kids have ALLERGIES especially to nuts, but in general their parents should inform you of this before hand.

Prepare as much party food as you can in advance. Make use of your freezer if you have one, as you really won't want to be doing much cooking onrepparttar 105386 day. Leave yourself time to be having fun withrepparttar 105387 kids.

* What party food should you have? Discuss with your child what party food she/he would like and allow treats to makerepparttar 105388 day feel special. If you are having a theme party this may well dictaterepparttar 105389 sort of food that you might choose. Finger foods, especially forrepparttar 105390 under 7's, are much more child friendly and practical than a child balancing a plate of food on their laps. Younger kids are also likely to eat more if they can come and go torepparttar 105391 food table.

Easy summer salads, lighter foods for a brighter summer

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Easy summer salads, lighter foods for a brighter summer

Easy summer salads do not need dozens of hard to get ingredients or heavy bottled sauces. Go light and use a few good quality vegetables, well combined with a little well-chosen meat, fish, or dairy, (quality over quantity) and a simple but delicious homemade dressing. For quick tasty summer salad, make it quick, make it light but make it taste sublime!

Easy summer salads arerepparttar way to go, now thatrepparttar 105377 winter blues are fading intorepparttar 105378 distance and salad days are here. The best salads are light, bright and easy to prepare.

After all who wants to spend hours slaving away inrepparttar 105379 kitchen when friends are round for lunch,repparttar 105380 garden is in bloom andrepparttar 105381 wine is chilled and ready to pour. But before you start to cook you save a lot of energy by buyingrepparttar 105382 right ingredients for a simple salad. That way you donít needrepparttar 105383 heavy bottled sauces and dressings to make a great flavor

Do you really want to take a beautiful crisp summer salad and soak it in a mixture of fat, sugar, salt and chemicals? If you start off with great food and donít do too much to it you donít need all these strong tastes as you still have great food.

All you need is to combine it well so thatrepparttar 105384 flavors work together, have a nice crunchy texture and add a little light dressing to set it all off, and letrepparttar 105385 taste buds dorepparttar 105386 rest Freshness is, as in all cooking,repparttar 105387 way to a good salad. Donít take whatrepparttar 105388 supermarkets give you. Although itís easier to pick uprepparttar 105389 ready packed tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, bell peppers etc.

To make sure you getrepparttar 105390 best, take a minute or two and pick overrepparttar 105391 vegetables, choose what is firm ripe and ready to use. The same of course applies with meat and fish. There is a reason why supermarkets prepackage, and itís not always convenience. So choose well, cook quickly and simply and your friends wonít have finishedrepparttar 105392 wine byrepparttar 105393 time you get there! Enjoy a little bit of summer now with this easy poached chicken salad.

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