Jump to content

Would you be miffed? Or said anything?
Birthday party food


  • Please log in to reply
78 replies to this topic

#1 Fenrir

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 Harlekijn engel

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 Lady 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 strawberry blondes

Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:41 PM

Sounds like great party food!

#12 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.

#13 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!?".

#14 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.

#15 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.

#16 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.



#17 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.

#18 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.

#19 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

#20 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!)

#21 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.

#22 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.

#23 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!

#24 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.

#25 ComradeBob

Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:51 PM

I would have been a little surprised that there was no fairy bread or sweets, but not to the point of commenting. Although I would have been apprehensive about the dips because a surprising number of commercial dips have nuts in them and DD is anaphylactic to nuts.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

The day my daughter almost drowned

We had six adults standing there, so I felt like I could relax a bit. After all, what could go wrong with so much supervision?

Sydney siege survivor names baby after victim Katrina Dawson

A Sydney barrister who survived the Lindt cafe siege has named her newborn daughter after her best friend who died in the tragedy.

Banishing bloat

How to avoid a bloated tummy

Here are some foods to eat in order to escape feeling ghastly and gassy.

The great new picture book for anxious kids

My son is a worrier by nature. I learnt long ago that it was completely pointless to say to him "Don't worry about it!".

Budget stripped more than $15b from families

The combined impact of the two budgets for low and middle income people was "devastating", new analysis by the Australian Council of Social Service shows.

Pregnant women urged to get flu shots

As the winter chill starts to arrive, NSW Health is urging pregnant women to get their flu shots.

65-year-old gives birth to quadruplets

A 65-year-old German woman, who already has 13 children, has given birth to quadruplets.

What you need to know about pregnancy and health insurance

It's not just waiting periods that couples need to consider - there are other factors to consider when thinking about health insurance.

Yummy mummy

Nicole Trunfio breastfeeds baby on Elle magazine cover

Australian model Nicole Trunfio has taken the concept of multitasking to a fashionable new level for Elle Australia.

Warnings after baby girl died while sleeping in bouncer

Parents have been warned about the dangers of letting babies sleep in bouncers and swings following the death of a three-month-old girl.

Coping with fatigue as a parent

Sleep deprivation is a real hazard of caring for a baby. But there are ways to manage the challenges of fatigue better.

A very 21st century issue: parents, parks and smart phones

It's not all the parents, and it's not all the time, but there is often at least one doing it. And sometimes, that 'one' is me.

Appliances

Faulty washing machines linked to house fires

More than 80,000 faulty Samsung washing machines pose a fire threat in homes throughout Australia despite a nationwide recall of the machines.

'I had a lotus birth and I loved it'

Lotus birthing is not all that common, but for a number of women it feels like the most natural thing to do.

7 things you might not know about postnatal depression

Despite its widespread nature, there is still a great amount of mystery surrounding PND - and it's important to try unravelling as much of that as we can.

Is your family's car part of the world's biggest safety recall?

More than 50 million vehicles recalled for potentially lethal airbag fault - is your car affected?

Why drinking water can be deadly for babies

H2O is one of the necessities of life, but for babies a seemingly harmless amount of water can be fatal.

Mother-in-law faceplants during proposal

He had it all planned: a romantic proposal on a windswept beach. The whole family would be there so they'd all be able to celebrate the joyous moment together.

A preschooler suddenly goes mute - and it's not just shyness

When our son stopped talking, our sense of loss was painful and acute.

The mums who ask for a 'wife bonus'

They run their homes like domestic CEOs and work tirelessly to improve their family's social standing. And now, according to a new book, they want an annual perk from their husbands.

Woman shares photo of dimple on breast to warn others of cancer risk

A widely-shared Facebook photograph of a British woman's breast has raised awareness of a more subtle breast cancer symptom.

Starting a family despite a low sperm count

"I'd never really failed a test - how could I fail this particularly manly test?"

It's official: we must better protect our kids from toxic lead exposure

New guidelines have been released, aimed at reducing children's harmful exposure to lead. But they still don't go far enough.

Trouble-shooting toddler social skills

Chances are your toddler's behaviour is all completely normal - but here's how to tackle some common social problems.

Helping your first-born welcome a sibling

We did sigh with joy at the arrival of a royal princess - but, mostly, we sighed with pity at the sight of Prince George being taken to meet her.

Farewell, daytime nap

I've been in denial and I'm not too proud to beg, but it appears I must accept the fact that you have gone. I need to let you go.

The identical triplets who are one in 50 million

The father of identical triplets born in a Texas hospital says his three daughters, including conjoined twins, are "a miracle" sent by God.

Seven questions you should be asking about your health cover

If the last time you assessed your health cover was five years ago, there?s a chance it may no longer suit your needs. To ensure it?s still right for your family, click here for seven questions to ask.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

How to use gas effectively in labour

Many women in labour don't use gas effectively and suffer more side effects than benefits. Here's how to get the most out of this pain relief option.

'He has gastro but that's okay, right?': sick kid etiquette

We cannot place all children who are sick in a bubble till they recover, but we can give other parents a choice about exposing their kids to them.

Ada Nicodemou: 'I can never be completely happy again'

Home and Away actress Ada Nicodemou has opened up about the loss of her stillborn baby.

10 things to consider when you're thinking about trying for a baby

Before you start tracking your menstrual cycle and reading up on the best positions to get pregnant, there are a few other things you may want to consider.

How special surgery and IVF can create a post-vasectomy baby

Cricket legend Glenn McGrath and his second wife Sara are expecting their first child together, thanks to IVF and a delicate surgical sperm retrieval process that helped the couple to conceive.

Belle Gibson's mother 'disgusted and embarrassed'

The mother of disgraced wellness blogger Belle Gibson has accused her daughter of lying about her childhood in an attempt to garner public sympathy.

Doctor's mobile phone 'left inside c-section mum'

A new mum claims a doctor left his mobile phone inside her after delivering her baby via caesarean section.

I'm a mum and I'm following my dreams

I want my kids to know that no matter what happens in life, you can still be who it is that you've always wanted to be.

Those first daycare days

I had this innate 'mum' moment the other day.

'If one person had listened, my life would have been so different'

Katherine's father will die in prison for the horrifying sexual abuse of his daughter. Yet she is the one with the true life sentence.

This new plan undermines breastfeeding and baby health at everyone's expense

Mothers, babies, the health system and the wider society are going to pay the price of this new budget.

Couple to celebrate terminally ill baby's birthday in unique way

Baby Jai Bishop has lived at Starship Hospital for the past seven months, with his parents flying back and forth from Hokitika, 1100km away, to be by his side.

Life On Mars

It's men who need 'retraining', not women

We are all responsible for our own behaviour. Telling victims to harden up is wrong.

Baby Gammy's dad tries to claim charity money

The biological father of baby Gammy has reportedly tried to access charity money raised for the little boy's medical costs.

Where are the childcare places?

It?s all very well to encourage women to work if they choose to, but how can the measures lead to increased workforce participation when women are once again left holding the baby?

The pain of not having babies and not knowing why

After seven years of wishing, hoping, crying, punching pillows and shouting "why me?!", the end result is more than I ever thought possible.

Getting your family finances in order

Whether you're after a new car for a growing family, a bigger house, or are just fixing up your finances, here are the basics on borrowing.

Mum shares graphic selfie to warn against tanning

A mum has shared a graphic photo of her skin cancer treatment as a warning to others.

Does parenthood make us happier?

We can certainly gain higher levels of happiness when we become parents, but the trick is to not get overwhelmed by the pressures of raising our kids.

No, having a dog is not like having a human child

It's obvious these people dote on their pets, but they're barking up the wrong tree.

 

Top baby names

Baby Names

The numbers are in and we can now bring you the 2014 top baby name list for Australia.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.