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Food for a 2 year old's birthday party

I'm planning the food for my friend's daughter's 2nd birthday party. I'm looking for easy and inexpensive food that 2 year olds, as well as adults, will eat.

Thanks in advance for your help!


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Aug. 2nd, 2010 06:31 am (UTC)
Home-made mac n cheese is almost always a hit!
Aug. 2nd, 2010 06:45 am (UTC)
Are you doing an indoor or an outdoor thing? I assume this is a lunchtime meal?

A big plate of fruit is always a hit, you can pair it with a yogurt dipping sauce, although with toddlers it may get messy.
Cheese and crackers usually also goes over well with the kids and you can have a few more grown-up flavors of cheese for the adults.
Mini meatballs, you can make your own or buy a big pack of the Ikea swedish meatballs (if there is an ikea near you, if not most grocery stores have a similar thing)
Potato salad is easy and inexpensive, it's hit or miss with kids but adults tend to like it
Aug. 2nd, 2010 07:15 am (UTC)
Hmmm. Based on preschool morning teas, you can feed them more or less the same thing quite successfully - mini sausage rolls or Party Pies with dipping sauce (adults have a dipping dish, children have a splot of their own sauce on their own plate, ideally). Also fairy bread or small triangled fairly plain sandwiches, small cracker biscuits - savoury, small animal/theme biscuits - sweet, cake in precut slices or iced cupcakes, chips (with dip for adults, plain for kids). And maybe a fruit salad with a syrup (doesn't have to be sweet - a little orange juice or apple juice will do).

Have a not-too-sweet cake alternative for the grown-ups (maybe carrot cake or a plain banana or fruit loaf - something without icing etc).

If it were me - I'd also have a grazing plate of cheese-and-biscuits with condiments for the grown-ups - a few olives, pickled onions, salami or prosciutto maybe... savoury stuff that the kids won't automatically grab for.
Aug. 2nd, 2010 07:53 am (UTC)
I'm always a fan of those adorable little hot dogs from anime/manga - you know, the little ones that look like octopi? They're really easy to make for kids of all ages, even when going a good number of them - cheap, too!

Anything with dipping is going to be so messy; at least with my siblings it is.

Little sandwiches would probably work very well - kids love salami, I've noticed, with a little ketchup and maybe some cheese. If you can keep them chilled, how about egg salad sandwiches?

Something I used to do for my sister was make her cute apples - attaching ritz bitz "wheels" with peanut butter to make cars... little sailbots, whatever.

I think with most kids, they're going to be happy as long as they get cake at the end of it. It's really the adults you need to worry about. :) So make something easy for the kids, and worry about the adults seperately. :)
Aug. 2nd, 2010 10:51 am (UTC)
Mini cupcakes made in mini-muffin tins with those little paper muffin cups is easier than cake and you can go easy on the frosting... avoid getting the kids all sugared up. Cookies are also always a crowd pleaser.

Fruit is always a great idea... go for non-messy finger friendly fruit like blueberries and grapes...

Mini corn dogs, Totino's pizza rolls, chicken nuggets shaped like dinosaurs or stars, and tater tots are inexpensive, easy to serve, easy to eat, and not messy.

Get a bunch of juice boxes and tiny 8 ounce sized bottles of bottled water... chill everything in an ice chest that the kids can help themselves from.

Go for easy. Everyone will be grateful. Especially the cleanup crew.

Aug. 2nd, 2010 12:08 pm (UTC)
Yes? Hi! The kids love the Slum Dog Hot dogs and Parmageddon wings.
Aug. 2nd, 2010 12:53 pm (UTC)
From experience I think that kids would be happy with finger food like small sandwiches including tuna mayo, peanut butter and jam, chocolate spread, cheese and tomato plus little things like cocktail sausages and little pasties.
Aug. 2nd, 2010 12:56 pm (UTC)
Have you done an allergy check with the attendees? I know it's intense with my nieces preschool with banned food.
Aug. 2nd, 2010 01:43 pm (UTC)
Pigs in a blanket made with lil smokies, cheese and crackers, mini mac and cheeses made in muffin cups (you can put bacon and fancy cheese in the adult versions), veggie tray with dip, fruit tray with dip, etc.
Aug. 2nd, 2010 04:04 pm (UTC)
For my son's second birthday, instead of cake and ice cream, I did a huge bowl of strawberries and blueberries - I didn't add sugar or anything, just make sure the strawberries were cut up. I had a few cupcakes, too, but the kids gobbled the berries down, and mostly ignored the cakey goodness!
Aug. 2nd, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
PB sandwiches. Use a cookie cutter to cut into fun shapes.
Aug. 2nd, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC)
Apple slices? Waffle sandwiches with peanut butter and jelly? Corn patties with dipping sauce? Frozen bananas dipped in chocolate?
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