When we have friends over with children, I like to have a kid friendly menu and activities. First the menu. My boys are the pickiest eaters. When we have holidays at a relative's house, I come along with their own meals. It's not uncommon for me to whip out a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or two from my purse. So when we have other kids over, I really try and accommodate their needs. I always check with the parents for allergies or restrictions. With that information, I plan the menu.
That being said, we are having over two families tonight. No allergies, but we will have vegetarians. Tonight's menu is as follows:
turkey chili with cornbread
vegetable noodle soup
home made Italian bread
cheese platter with fruit
peanut butter sandwiches (kids)
cheese sandwiches (kids)
candy bar cake and ice cream
It is a balance that meets everyones preferences and simple enough to prepare ahead of time. The children are welcome to have anything on the menu, but I did make the sandwiches knowing that's what my boys will eat. To make the sandwiches festive, I cut them into different shapes. Here's how they went together.
First start with really thin bread (this makes it easier to cut). I used a 100% whole wheat bread.
Spread them with peanut butter, jelly, honey, etc. I also made some into cheese sandwiches. Then using cookie cutters, cut the crust off.
Arrange on a platter. I cut each different kind of sandwich with a different shaped cutter.
After dinner, I planned some craft activities. When a larger group of kids are at a gathering, it's a really good idea to have some organized activities. Tonight, I have fun foam door hangers and bookmarks, and sand art.
I purchased the foam door hangers and I already have different shape pieces to adhere. Then from simple fun foam sheets, using decorative scissors, I just cut out bookmarks.
The sand art kit came with everything the kids need to make their own bottles. The only thing I did was put the sand in squeeze bottles. You can find them in the candy aisle of the craft store. They have a tip that fits right into the bottles and will keep the mess to a minimum.
Finally coloring sheets and my marbled crayons are always a fun activity :)
So the next time you entertain with kids, have a few activities and a friendly menu planned.