Yummy Yummy Yummy…. Let’s get cookin!
The million dollar questions are without a doubt “what should I serve?” & “Is it enough?”
First off decide what you’re going to serve. The best is always finger foods. A variety of easy to eat no fuss no mess so you can enjoy the party too…
I basically have a standard menu:
Fresh Veggie Platter: Carrots, cucumber, baby tomato, Celery, Green Pepper, Paprika, Broccoli, Cauliflower
2 kinds of Salads for adults
Hot Dog Rolls (Always the first to disappear)
Mini Chicken burgers
Variety of mini sandwiches & pastries (also known as Fatayer) Fillings include Spinach, cheese, vegetables, Feta, Minced Meat, Turkey…etc
Drinks is usually:
Next is how much to serve. This is essential. You don’t want to have too much leftover but still want to make sure there’s enough.
The biggest hit are generally the Mini Pizzas and hot Dogs. So I usually Have about 6 for each per child.
As for the Mini Burgers (Beef&Chicken) I make 2 dozen of each for approximately 30 children.
Pastries & Mini Sandwiches I usually do a total 4 pieces per guest.
1 large casserole of Pasta that’s prebaked so that I don’t have to worry about it during the party.
The drinks are easier to calculate 2 1/2 Cups for every guest. But make sure to provide loads of water. Having excess won’t hurt!
I also provide a Thermos with hot water and selection of teas and coffees for the parents to help themselves.
Now if you choose a different menu here’s a good guideline for quantities:
In the past two birthdays I went a little overboard in the “Sweet” department and had a little area with something of a toned down version of a Candy Bar. A selection of Marshmallows, chocolate coated cookies, Carmel popcorn, Lollipops…etc. Bit I had to make sure it was theme related or at least color coordinated.
There’s really no limitations as to what you can serve and how! If you have it in you go for it, if not keep it simple for less stress.
I love to cook and entertain and I hope this simple guide helps you in your next Birthday planning process for “Making Life Memorable” in your way!