Anonymous

Food ideas

My LO’s birthday is coming up and I’m trying to plan food. We are having birthday at a playground - no grilling allowed. Need easy, not a ton of prep involved, cold food ideas for 40 that will last a few hours. Also, I don’t mind buying already prepared items - we were going to get large pizzas from our favorite pizza place. What did you all have? Ideas online tend to be way to much work and I just don’t have the energy or time to do it all.

  • Vicki
    Jul 19

    Costco is great for this!

  • Aften
    Jul 19

    Veggie or fruit trays are easy and keep pretty well (just watch the dip). We usually include a soft pretzel tray, too, and that always goes first. Uncrustables PB&J is another easy option to offer.

  • Jennifer
    Jul 19

    I'm having my daughters 5yr old bday at a local park splash pads. We are planning to order Chow mein as we have one 14 month old and one 18 months old. The rest are 4-5 yrs olds with parents. Total of 18 people. Also I'm doing chicken wings. They are easy to make at home.

  • Jennifer
    Jul 19

    Forgot to mention, mash potatoes, they are easy to make a batch and good for little ones to eat. And please buy watermelon as its going to be crazy hot playing at the playground.

  • Jennifer
    Jul 19

    My friend is having her 3yr old son bday on 7/2 a week before my daughter on 7/27. She's doing Pizza and spam Musubi sushi.

  • Kendall
    Jul 19

    We got sandwich and fruit trays from Costco! Bags of chips and sodas/waters

  • Jade
    Jul 19

    Potato salad, pasta salad, sandwiches, desserts are easy (riceKrispy, cookies, chips) I had some family offer to bbq at their house then they brought the food to the park and placed it on top of the little heated trays... fruit, deviled eggs... you can sit food on trays on top of ice

  • Alesha
    Jul 19

    Wegmans sub platter

  • Christine
    Jul 19

    Salads, trays of pasta, tacos, sandwiches. I got big trays of Chinese food for a party at a park. I know most of these are not cold ideas but guests coming to a party will eat whatever is served.

  • Bethany
    Jul 19

    Do u have a theme? We did the very hungry caterpillar and did food based off that

  • Jennie
    Jul 21

    We had our 1yo bday at a park in Texas in June. We did Uncrustables and frozen applesauce pouches, yogurt tubes. I used long plastic underbed storage tubs for ice and stacked everything on them. I also had grapes and watermelon slices on ice. And juices, waters and chocolate milks. Then of course, some not cold stuff like goldfish, pirates booty, etc.

  • Sara
    Jul 24

    Honestly, if you want to make it super easy on yourself, I'd just get everything delivered. See if the pizza place will also do sides and salads. If not, there are plenty of places that will cater and drop off for you. It doesn't need to stay warm the whole time. If you're doing a 2 hour party, have the food arrive like 30 minutes into the party, people will eat it when it comes, and then do cake later.

  • Molly
    Jul 25

    Mendocino Farms has a great kids catering offering!

  • Fifi
    Jul 25

    Tortilla pinwheels is always a party favorite at our house! The kids love it. We keep the kid version simple with just turkey and cheese, but the adults get guacamole. Costco also sells some too. Cake pops are a real big hit too.