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#1 Floki

Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:33 PM

Just to start - I had no issues with it. My kids had no issue with it. I knew why it was done that way. But there were a couple of comments about it from others that I overheard.

I went to a childs birthday party yesterday. Group ages were from 2yrs to 12yrs. Birthday child was 6.

Food that was put out included various cheeses, cold meats, anitpasto stuff, prawns with dips, other dips with crackers  and cornchips and a fruit platter of various whole fruits, dates and sliced watermelon. Other stuff was carrot and celery stick and hulled strawberries with a choclate dip. There was a birthday cake to finish. There was also a couple of slushie machines being operated.

The majority of adults thought the food was nice but I did overhear some comments along the lines of "where was the stuff for the kids?" etc and they were obviously not happy as their kids weren't eating what has been provided.

Would you have thought this was rude or off that the majority of food was not "kids party food"? Would you have said anything at all either there or afterwards? Would you have thought it strange?





#2 Ice Queen

Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:37 PM

I would have thought 'thank god I dont have to come home from yet another party with my kid full of E numbers, sugar and complete cr$p so shes bouncing off the walls until all hours'.

But seriously no, their party, their choice.  Sounds delicious tbh.

Edited by Ehill, 03 December 2012 - 03:37 PM.


#3 Fossy

Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:37 PM

Not strange at all, my kids would have loved all that food.

#4 KylieferalMin0gue

Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:37 PM

Not at all miffed.  All good food.  No need for fairy bread at every kids party.

#5 Angelot

Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:37 PM

I guess it's a little unusual but TBH I think it sounds awesome.

If you take your child somewhere and your child is too spoiled and fussy to eat the food provided, it is not the fault of the host.  I think the parents commenting need to get a grip.

#6 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:38 PM

Why on Earth would you even think of "saying something" ? Kids don't generally give a rats about party food. Corn chips, watermelon, cake and slushies sound like more than enough to keep body and soul together until the next meal. I thought "this can't be EB"  - some parent being criticised for not having enough junk food at a kid's party!!!!! Pass the sultanas,I'm feeling faint.

#7 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:39 PM

I don't think it's weird and I wouldn't have said anything. I think it would be rude to say something.

A lot of the people in my MG adhere to vegan, vegetarian, gluten free etc diets and their children eat the same. A lot of them don't let their kids eat chips or lollies or cake or anything like that so at parties or gatherings there is always super healthy food and lots of fruit.

Edited by Sunnycat, 03 December 2012 - 03:40 PM.


#8 katiebear26

Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:40 PM

the parents can put on whatever food they like. it's their party. if the guests don't eat anything they might not go to another party at that house, but kids should be adventurous with food! and come on, slushie machines rock!!

i wouldn't have said anything but i know people who would have. if that's the worst thing that happened to them that day, their lives are pretty good.

having said that i always head for the fairy bread when on offer at a kids party ;-)

#9 Jersey Caramel

Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:40 PM

I'd be thrilled at a party like that. I hate when food 'for kids' is not actually real food at all, just overprocessed stuff. I am not super strict with my kids' diet (ie they are allowed to eat whatever is served at parties), but I'd be horrified if my kids were not happy to eat something from the list from they party in the OP.

#10 Kreme

Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:40 PM

My kids would probably find enough they wanted to eat from that selection so it wouldn't bother me overly. I did once take them to a one year olds birthday party that was full of very "adult" food like onion tartlets and spicy chicken wings. I found the food delicious but they were starving and as I hadn't brought anything for them we had to leave the party early.
Now they are older (6 & almost 5) if the party is fun and their friends are there, they don't really care too much about the food. It is only at boring adult functions that we have to feed them into submission  biggrin.gif

#11 FluffyOscar

Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:41 PM

I would think highly of the hosts. Party pies, sausage rolls, pigs lips and entrails are not party food, and I don't know why in this day and age we persist with the idea that party food = food with zero (at best) nutritional content.

#12 strawberry blondes

Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:41 PM

Sounds like great party food!

#13 epl0822

Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:41 PM

What is rude and strange is to complain about your host's food. If it's inadequate, take a quick nibble and leave the party early and feed your kids elsewhere.

#14 Kay1

Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:41 PM

I would have thought it odd but would never have said anything. On the other hand my kids would have been yelling "Mum, where's the real party food!?".

#15 Missy Shelby

Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:43 PM

QUOTE (Beautiful Warlock @ 03/12/2012, 04:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Food that was put out included various cheeses, cold meats, anitpasto stuff, prawns with dips, other dips with crackers  and cornchips and a fruit platter of various whole fruits, dates and sliced watermelon. Other stuff was carrot and celery stick and hulled strawberries with a choclate dip. There was a birthday cake to finish. There was also a couple of slushie machines being operated.

I think that is an awesome spread that was put on.  IMO lots to eat for the kids and adults alike.  I think that alot of thought went into it and it would not have been cheap to supply all of that.

My eldest is quite a fussy eater and there are a few things there that she would eat.

#16 au*lit

Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:44 PM

Sounds pretty good to me. My toddler would eat all the things you described. He eats just like a real human.

#17 ChunkyChook

Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:44 PM

DD would have been all over it! She costs me a fortune at the deli.

I wouldn't say anything to anyone about their choice in party food. That said I guess ground out pigs snouts and nasty food additives in cocktail franks and fairy bread is more offensive than what you have described but even then I still dont say anything.



#18 Leggy

Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:45 PM

Geez, I thought slushies, chips and cake WERE kids' food! Sounds like a lovely spread, I'd have been scoping out the table and checking what of the healthy things the kids seemed to like most, so I could gather ideas for the next party I have to do.

#19 nup

Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:45 PM

Wow. Are people no longer grateful for an invite? The stuff I read on EB makes my toes curl. If your kids don't eat normal food even when there's no party food on offer then there's probably an issue and it's not  on the part of the host.. The food on offer sounds fabulous AND generous. No way would I ever say anything about food being offered to me.

#20 Chocolate Addict

Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:46 PM

It is a bit different but not a bad thing. My kid is too busy playing to eat at parties anyway, so would make no difference to him. Tounge1.gif

#21 skae

Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:46 PM

I'd be really happy to go to a party like that. My kids parties are similar but do have a bit more 'party food' I guess. I'm so thankful my kids love all that healthy fresh food (mainly because I don't and never have - so I'm glad they aren't turning out like me!)

#22 JustBeige

Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:48 PM

My kids would have loved that, but they do have friends whose only exposure to food like that is here.  and these friends do not eat my food.  One even brings his own snacks.


Bit rude of people thinking that it wasnt good enough though and incredibly self indulgent that they think they have a right to say anything to the hosts. sheesh.

#23 mandarins

Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:48 PM

Why would I say anything? It sounds like the host went to a lot of effort to provide yummy food for adults and kids. If you were to say anything to anyone it should have been the parents who obviously let their kids eat cr*p usually for them to be so fussy as to not eat what was on offer and to also have the rudeness to complain or think lesser of the host.

#24 50ftqueenie

Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:49 PM

I would have enjoyed it immensely, as would my kids.  My DD loves the usual party rubbish, but would be equally thrilled to eat cheese, dips, cold meats etc

It's pretty much the kind of food I will be serving at DD's 4th birthday in a couple of weeks. Except there will be Frogs in a pond, my all time favourite kiddie party food!

#25 Jekaho

Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:51 PM

QUOTE (Ehill @ 03/12/2012, 04:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I would have thought 'thank god I dont have to come home from yet another party with my kid full of E numbers, sugar and complete cr$p so shes bouncing off the walls until all hours'.

But seriously no, their party, their choice.  Sounds delicious tbh.


Agree.

QUOTE (au*lit @ 03/12/2012, 04:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Sounds pretty good to me. My toddler would eat all the things you described. He eats just like a real human.


And agree.

My son would have loved those foods! I'm planning to include a few of them at his party - very limited on the "party food". Popcorn, fruit skewers, gingerbread men will probably be the closest we get. Actually I probably will do fairy bread, as much for the adults as the kids.




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