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OP here – seriously happy I posted this question, such great ideas everyone and writing them down as we speak.... to all that contributed I send you a virtual party favour bag filled with a bottle of Penfolds Grange, Leonardo Dicaprio, a massage everyday for a year and a good night’s sleep. Ta!
In my experience with kids parties, , not a lot gets eaten. Kids want to play. So focus on the entertainment.
Food ideas, I think a mix of your standard party food and more healthy options would be fine. It’s a party. It doesn’t need to be all healthy.
Google 'teddy bear racing cars' for a car themed party. Cute & easy to make. Other than that, platters of fruit or veg/crackers/dip & maybe some mini sausage rolls etc.
I also search for free printable themed invites & decorations. Amazing what you can find. I can't bear paying a lot for single use decorations. They can also be recycled as well.
I know they are not desperately healthy, but the cocktail franks at coles (deli) are gluten and dairy free.
Easy way to cover people with allergies.
I do a big fruit platter that always gets smashed thena sausage sizzle. No “treats” on the table then the piñata is full of chocolate and lollies
Everyone loves a sausage sizzle so everyone goes home full. I never have anything left over, it all gets eaten!
My kids birthdays are in summer though and they always have pool parties.
But I end up spending about $150 all up to have about 20 kids and 20 adults. (Food decorations and piñata) And they all get fed well and have an awesome time. I really look forward to my kids parties lol. Oh actually maybe sometimes I send a bit more depending on the cake they ask for but I decorate their cakes sometime it’s simple other times require more fondant. I use the sponge cakes from coles lol. Cake usually costs between $20-$30 but my cakes are are big hits lol
We bring down our water filters so the kids all just drink water.
Fruit platter, even veg platter with dips, those mini red frankfurters with sauce, sausage rolls mini pies Even just a cheap pizza cut into squares
Considering it's not lunch or dinner, I wouldn't go overboard with food. Probably more for the adults. A fruit platter, dip and crackers/veggie sticks, and some little nibbles from the oven like mini sausage rolls/pies/quiches.
Mini quiches, party pies, homemade sausage rolls packed with veggies (make ahead and freeze), cheese platter with assortment of cheeses for kids and adults, dips, crackers plus veggie sticks for dipping and a fruit platter. All the fruit and veggies can be prepared the day before and all you need to do is pull them out of the fridge and chuck them on a plate.
mixed sandwich platter.
You could do fruit skewers to look like traffic lights, with red, orange and green coloured fruits (or veggies), eg watermelon, rockmelon and honeydew. Or cherry tomatoes, yellow capsicum, cucumber.