Monday, November 22, 2010

Birthday party food

As the mom of a 7 year old and 4 year old, I've gotten to know a thing or two about birthday parties. You can count on tons of junk food being served at most. Don't get me wrong, if there was ever a time for junk food, a birthday party is that time. The thing is, kids will eat junk if it is around (as will most adults). If it isn't, then they won't! (And they probably won't miss it.)

In addition to the delicious cake, I offered pretzels, cheese, veggies, and organic ranch dressing (Grayson's choices). We also roast marshmallows at the end of the day, but the kids care more about the process of that than actually eating them it seems.

So yes, serve up cake and ice cream and any other big treat your kid is dying to have on their birthday, but also remember that kids aren't there to eat, so you don't have to provide a junk food buffet.. They just want to play, have fun, and celebrate!
The main attraction!

Marshmallow perfection!

The healthier stuff!


  1. What great and delicious looking pictures! The cake is awesome!

  2. i'm sorry, but ranch dressing (organic or not) is NOT healthy.

    also, that cakes look like it came from a grocery store or bakery. do you know what kind of chemicals and/or preservatives are in that crap? it would be much "healthier" to make a cake from scratch; that way you know what's in it... just a thought.

  3. I never claimed ranch was healthy. I had the cake made by a very small, local bakery, so other than the food dye in the icing, it was about as good as it gets for a birthday cake. I personally can't make a nice looking football cake.

    We eat well on a day to day basis so on special days, we can break the "rules" and not feel bad about it.