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 keep party food simple. Many a time I have spent worrying and slaving over recipe books up till midnight but when day comes, only half of it is eaten.
You should have some party food but food is a lower priority for 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 on 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 for party will influence 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 and kids would normally eat around that time of day. Plan how many kids are coming and allow 3–4 different savoury plus 2-3 sweet party food choices as well as 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 on day. Leave yourself time to be having fun with kids.
* What party food should you have? Discuss with your child what party food she/he would like and allow treats to make day feel special. If you are having a theme party this may well dictate sort of food that you might choose. Finger foods, especially for 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 to food table.