A Sizzling Celebration For Kids
Barbecue birthday party for kids
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Birthdays are big business; one survey found that parents spend around $400 on their child’s first birthday and the same each year after. Suppose you’re looking to organize a kid’s party that’s a little more affordable but still features tasty food and heaps of fun, fire up the grill. BBQ food is perfect for kids’ parties; it’s healthy, offers plenty of choices for even the fussiest eater, and encourages the kids to get outdoors in the fresh air—grilled food and birthday cake for something completely unusual and delicious.
When it comes to kids’ parties, the food is often the same; hot dogs or pizza, tiny in the way of fresh flavor. Barbecued food offers a healthy alternative; good quality proteins support growing bodies, and the health benefits are even better when they’re grilled rather than fried. With a fifth of American children currently classified as obese, the more healthy options they can be given, the better. Barbecues are also ideal for accommodating a range of dietary requirements since you can serve up sauces, bread, veg, or salads on the side and let kids choose what they’d like.
Fun and fresh air
While you’re in charge of the grill, the kids can enjoy the great outdoors. Today’s young people are spending less time outside than any other generation; any opportunity to get them out in the fresh air is well worth encouraging. Why not set them a scavenger hunt, with clues to solve, or get them to pitch a few tents in the yard to camp in later on? Creative kids will enjoy drawing or painting decorations or souvenirs, and it’s useful to have a calmer activity like this available for when you need to concentrate on the food.
What’s on the menu
Homemade burgers are always a hit and can be made smaller for little hands. Offer cheese, salad, sauce, and buns on the side and let the kids assemble their own. They’re much more likely to eat it all that way too. You can serve up a rainbow of veg and salads alongside; from corn cobs to grilled sweet potato, the kids will be tucking into their daily portion of vegetables without even thinking about it. For dessert, grilled fruit is delicious on the barbecue.
Throwing a barbecue party for your child’s birthday is a low-cost, delicious way to celebrate, and you can feel good about the nutritional benefits too. Organize a few fun outdoor activities to help the kids let off some steam and work up an appetite so that by the time the food is ready; you’ll have an appreciative crowd. You may want to cook a little extra; with a party theme that’s so much fun, there’s every chance the adults will want to stay too!