I hope you’re enjoying this little glimpse into my planning and list making craziness leading up to my son’s 7th birthday party on July 16th. It will be here before I know it so I’m trying to get things planned out and in motion where I can.
Today’s topic is the food for the party. Since we’re doing it from 10 – 1, I feel like we should feed people something for lunch. Let’s face it – the kids are coming to swim in the pool and don’t really care about anything super fancy unless it’s the cake! So what do I make to please both the adults and kids since we’ve asked one adult per family to stay at the pool for feeding the masses??
Here’s what I’m thinking:
- Hot dogs. We did this last year too and they seemed to be a hit. We grilled the hot dogs that morning, put them in buns and wrapped them individually in aluminum foil (found sheets of foil at our local dollar store!). This made them very easy to grab ‘n go for everyone. Offer traditional toppings like ketchup and mustard. If hot dogs aren’t your thing, try mini pizzas (mini pitas or bagels with pizza sauce, cheese and other toppings), pizzas (have them delivered to the party location for less hassle), sandwiches (either a large sandwich from your local sub shop or deli or fixings for guests to make their sandwiches) or wraps/rolls (put your ingredients onto a tortilla, wrap them up and serve or roll, slice and serve). Many places offer carry out trays for things like chicken strips and things too.
- Chips. These are a hit at any party – kid or adult. Corbin’s favorite (and already requested) Cheetos will be there. I’ll probably also do something plain for picky people (like me!) and Carter’s “orange ships” (Cheddar and Sour Cream). As for brands, it will all depend what’s on sale or what I’ve got a coupon for. Pretzels are also a big hit too.
- Fruit and Veggies. Keep it super simple. Cut a watermelon into slices and serve the slices into cutting them into chunks. The same goes for oranges and apples, just be sure to put some lemon juice on the apples to keep them from browning. Strawberries, grapes, blueberries and raspberries are ready to serve after a quick wash. Serve veggies either already prepped (many stores sell carrots, celery and other veggies already cut up or ready to serve). Make sure if you serve dip that it’s some how on ice to keep it from spoiling. It’s a good idea to put some from the larger container into a smaller serving dish so you can throw away what wasn’t used if it was out too long instead of throwing away the whole container.