Many parents dread birthday parties because they often result in their child turning into a sugar filled, hyperactive monster! So is there a way to have a stress free but healthy children’s party? Here are some tips to help.
limit the number of InvitationsDon’t invite too many children! This not only makes it expensive but also will create chaos! Let your child pick a certain number of friends to invite & send the invitations out well in advance.
How to serve healthy food & drinkJust because it is a party, there is no need to make sugary foods full of artificial colours & additives. You can offer healthy food in fun ways such as –
- Fruit cut up in different shapes – use cutters to make fruit fun (e.g. watermelon hearts & apple stars) or make fruit kebabs.
- Dips are great as children love to use veggie sticks to dip & this is a great alternative to crisps & crackers.
- To control portion sizes, place food in individual containers such as popcorn in a brightly coloured cupcake case. Also consider giving each child a party box of food. You can order boxes in different themes (e.g. jungle animals) & fill them up in advance. This limits the food you need to provide & also controls who gets what!
- Cut sandwiches into different shapes with biscuit cutters or sandwich cutters (Trendy Lil Treats has a great range) Avoid highly processed bread & fillings & opt for healthier fillings such as avocado, pesto & chicken, cheese.
- Look for low sugar alternatives. There are lots of recipes online which provide low sugar alternatives suitable for parties. We have recipes for Bliss balls, pancakes, frozen fruit smoothies & homemade popsicles (use our Sinchies Pops) These are all great alternatives to sugar laden cakes & biscuits. Smoothies can be portioned out into our reusable pouches and kids can take them home after, which is also a great idea instead of a lolly bag.
- To decorate cakes, opt for decorations that are made with natural food colourings & are additive free.
- Get table decorations so that it is in the party theme. This will make it all look much more appealing! Consider the use of paper plates & cups rather than plastic options as they can be recycled.
- Offer water to drink. Usually children are so hot & tired after their party games that they are perfectly happy with a cup of water. Write the children's name on the cups so they know which one is theirs. You could use water bottles and label each bottle with the child's name. Also remember fruit juice often contains added sugar & additives so can cause a reaction in some children.
- Quality over quantity! Opt for high quality ingredients & limit the number of options available. Good quality meats, fruit & vegetables & flours etc will not only taste better but they are healthier for us too.
- Consider the parents – cater for a few extra people so everyone can have something to enjoy at the party tea!