Innovative wedding food bar ideas for children
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Whether you’re renewing your vows or getting married for the first time, chances are that your guests will be accompanied by their kids at the wedding. Here are ways to create fun counters to entice the little ones’ taste buds
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Kids love colours and enjoy variety. Since you can play with smaller portions, create a range of interesting delights like thin crust and pan pizzas with interesting toppings, sweet pizzas or sushi with toppings and fillings like chocolate, marshmallow, candied fruits and gummies. “Kids also like mini sandwiches, mini pizzas, french fries, chicken nuggets and fish fingers. Chuski and colourful non-alcoholic drinks are great choices too. Cupcakes and cookies in different shapes and flavours are a big hit as well. Children enjoy theatrics and activities, hence live pasta and burger counters, candy and chocolate counters or a dedicated dessert table with cheesecakes, brownies, doughnuts, cupcakes, sundaes are sure to attract kids,” says Ramesh Dang, director of a hotel in New Delhi.
To keep the little ones occupied at weddings, have familiar food items that they like and aren’t too messy to eat. Popcorn, cheese kebabs, pancakes, fried fish, sandwiches, bread sticks with dips, cheese balls, cutlets, mushroom pops, potato wedges, tomato and sweet corn soup, etc work well. “Colourful drinks in flavours like mango, litchi and blueberry; shakes in banana, chocolate, and strawberry flavours; lemon or orange soda, white grape, orange or watermelon coolers and smoothies add a colourful zing. You can even place a piece of chocolate on the shake and serve it in a fancy glass. Flavoured milk, shakes or desserts like banana split sundaes, custard, little chocolate balls, mini-carrot cakes, pies, doughnuts, cupcakes and cookies are a hit with children,” adds Sugandh Khanna, General Manager, Golden Tulip Delhi-Chattarpur. Make sure you have dishes that are easy to pronounce and serve, with not many gastronomic gimmicks and are easy to eat too. Spicy dishes and seafood should be avoided.
Make sure the food is not just presented well, but also has a lot of colour and innovative garnishing. Easy steps like shaping a bacon strip into a smile at the bottom of the plate or arranging vegetables in fun shapes make food appealing to children. Decorate the food counters with colourful cloth, buntings and balloons of different shapes, sizes and colours, with creative posters of cartoon characters that differentiate each counter. The staff should be patient, friendly and make sure they serve food in small portions to avoid wastage.
“Lightweight or disposable cutlery, with different cartoon characters painted on them work best for kids. Have specific cutlery that is meant for kids and is simple to use,” recommends Ritika Nangia, Founder, Funcart.in, a party supplies website. You can also provide kids with specific tools like chopsticks, crab crackers, etc and teach them how to use these at food counters. Paper plates and straws made of FDA-approved edible ink can be used for drinks and food.
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