Post # 1
many of my friends believe in the idea that the child should eat what the parent eats and I totally support that. For our wedding, which will have several children, we are debating between Chicken Fingers & Fries (typical) or a smaller portion of the adult chicken dish with mashed potatoes and carrots. Which do you think is best? (the chicken fingers would be prepared fresh and not frozen/boxed).
Post # 3
definitely the grilled chicken!
Post # 4
our caterer was impressed that we didn’t want the fingers & fries.
Post # 5
@MsGinkgo: . I have two three year olds and I’d probably pick the grilled chicken and mashed potatoes option for them, since they’re still young enough to eat what I give them. I’m a little iffy about giving my toddlers processed food so young when I know that I can just make them eat the healthier option.
That said, kids of six or seven who are a little more willful when it comes to food would be much more likely to go for the chicken fngers and fries option. Don’t listen to anybody who says their kid is to sophistocated to enjoy that kind of thing – all kids love chicken fingers.
I think there are a lot of points for each side and I think you should pick whatever one YOU think is best. Somebody is undoubtedly going to commplain either way, I think you should ask yourself if you’d rather it were the kids or the adults.
Post # 6
most of the children are toddlers. The 6 and 7 year olds are my half-brother and my FH’s nephew. My brother will be fine with chicken and potatoes and FH’s nephew is one of those kids who picks veggies over popcorn (go figure).
Post # 7
I have a lot of nieces and nephews. I would poll them, but I don’t have to. None of them would complain about chicken fingers!
Post # 8
Wedding are SO long and SO boring for kids (sorry, they are!). I would definitely let my kids have a “treat” dinner like chicken fingers and fries!
Post # 9
I don’t have kids but we chose chicken tenders w/ fries, applesauce, & juice box for our kid’s meal. So far everyone has chosen that for their younger kids. I suspect kids that are 12 and older will choose the adult choice. Even my Nana chose the kids meal because she said, and I quote, “chicken tenders are my favorite!”. One night without eating filet mignon will not undo your precious child’s healthy lifestyle.
Post # 10
My children would be happy eating what the adults eat in a smaller portion. But I don’t think there’s anything wrong with either option.
Post # 11
- Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with either option. We ended up serving the same food to the kids as the adults (buffet dinner). All kids between the ages of 3-9 were half the price of the adult rate, which was still pricey but I was happy with that.
Post # 12
I’m leaning towards chicken fingers now. My kids are twins, and if I can get one to eat something then the other will copy. They both have a pretty docile nature too (I’m blessed, I know lol). But this isn’t the case for everyone and some kids will just refuse to eat more grown-up food.
I’d go with the chicken fingers because it’s a crowd pleaser. Like a PP said, weddings are long and boring for kids and sometimes having to eat boring adult food can be the last straw for children. I would give them at least one thing they like so they won’t be tired, grouchy and hungry by the end of the night.
ETA: I’m talking in general terms here. If you think that grilled chicken will be best for the kids going to your wedding then go for.
Post # 13
I appreciate all the feedback! The childrens menu is something we have tons of time to decide on, and I will check with the parents as well. we’re also planning to do treat bags for the kids to help keep them amused and we’re having a kid corner with a movie etc so hopefully they won’t be too bored. My brother actually loves weddings (which is very weird) but because of the family circumstance he’s been to a lot in his short life!
Post # 14
It depends on your crowd. If the parents are sure the kids would prefer the adult version, then get the mini version of the adult plate. However, at our wedding, we had two little girls (under 5) and they are super picky. For them, chicken fingers would be a significantly better choice than the grilled chicken (and that’s actually what we ordered for them).
Post # 15
My kids will eat whatever they are given. I would prefer the grilled chicken but would happily accept either choice.
To be honest, I would likely leave my kids at home with a sitter.
Post # 16
@MsGinkgo: I voted for other. I don’t have kids, but for a child, I think non fried foods might be better (dredging up memories of my past preferences and merging them with my current food conciousness. :P)