- 3 years ago
- Wedding: City, State
coolwater17 : as an adult I love all your choices. I’m sure there are plenty of adventurous kids out there but I’d never even heard of hummus or guacamole as a kid and I’m not sure I’d be willing to eat either one. I’d have eaten the veggie sticks plain or with onion dip, though. Despise ranch.
coolwater17 : it is both. It is everything. Also delicious on pizza and breadsticks. Oh, and chicken/hot/buffalo wings. Oh and french fries. And chicken sandwiches. And also salads. Seriously, it is the only condiment you need.
Some variations are slightly thicker than others and more conducive to dipping or can be made into a dip with a seasoning mix and some mayo and sour cream. If Newman’s Own is the brand you’re most familiar with (and also my favorite) that runs on the thinner side of the spectrum.
My older daughter would do ranch and salsa and guacamole, but my younger daughter would only do ranch and ketchup. Ranch is a must.
Hummus is good, I’d go strong in the carrots with the crudités, they are far more popular with children than celery or raw broccoli and cauliflower.
Your main course sounds perfect. A lot of UK parents would not be thrilled at their small child having chicken nuggets, mini-burgers, pizza bites and fries, although I’m sure they wouldn’t say anything to the hosts.
I eat the odd McDonalds myself and way too much chocolate, but I avoided high fat and sugar processed food for my children and cake and biscuits were around in moderation. From school age they had occasional reputable fast food along with healthy home-cooked food at home, so it was never forbidden fruit, but I would probably have restricted my young daughter to the pizza bites and salad, without knowing the contents of the nuggets and burgers (MRM?) we wouldn’t let her have any.
Drizzle : yes, I’m trying to go for fun but broadly healthy or at least balanced. My guests are definitely towards the health conscious side, especially when it comes to their kids. I’m pretty sure they would see it as a bit lazy and inconsiderate to assume their kids should eat junk food while the adults get a proper meal. Considering sautéed potatoes instead of mash though because I know some kids are weirded out by sloppy textures
What about spinach artichoke dip?
If you’re doing a whole specific kids menu, I would reccommed something like Mac & cheese (could be made semi-healthy with whole wheat noodles and actual cheese vs the powder stuff, or burgers, (which can also be made healthy) small pieces of mixed fruits, possibly some kind of low sodium chips (potato never fails) and Jello or sorbet as a desert is an excellent option. I think the trick with kids is to serve a variety of foods that they can pick at, in small portions, good luck bee!
– also just wanted to add that if you’re looking for a dipping sauce for things, hidden valley ranch dressing, (the original) is the most amazing condiment ever invented !! Can’t speak for its nutritional value though … Highly recommend you try at least a small bottle of the very original stuff before going to any other random brands, as it can vary in flavor and consistancy quite significantly
coolwater17 : UK bee, does that help?
I wouldn’t have eaten any of those things as a kid. Ew to all.
Now, I’ll eat all 3 by the bucketload lol
All 3 sound fine with the crudites you have planned, but as a kid I wouldn’t have touched any of them so I would maybe talk to the parents if there aren’t too many kids? See what the kids attending might eat.
We have 5 kids coming to our 50 people wedding so we just checked with the important ones. For example, my neices don’t like mash because they “don’t like potato” (wtaf?!) so they’d like chips with their sausages…
So chips it is. With ketchup.
Halo094 : Powdered cheese?! I can’t believe caterers would resort to making an already easy dish out powdered cheese, it sounds foul! What do they do, add milk?
I love proper macaroni cheese, we had an Italian cook at my prep school and it was our favourite thing ever. She also made chicken risotto which was very exotic in the late 1970s in the U.K. Mrs Rosetti, I remember you well.
Do you get cheese and chive dip in the UK? Or it might be cheese and spring onion dip. It’s pretty common here in Aus, I don’t have kids but I always see it out at kids parties.
stephisaur : yeah, chips aren’t potatoes, clearly. I know we have at least one of those 😂
fran01 : probably sour cream and chive is more common. Could be a plan as there seems to be general consensus that we need a creamy dip.
We have one little boy of 2ish who is very lactose intolerant and I was trying to make him not feel left out, but looks like might have to
Yes to anything cheese-based and with minimal spices. Cream-cheese (you can even choose a flavored one) would be perfect. My 2-year-old loves avocados, so she would eat an entire one if you were to just mash it plain. But… add lemon juice / onion / garlic / tomatoes and she would scrunch her nose.