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My middle daughter is turning 6 and we are having about 20 kids (and their mamas) come to our neighborhood pool for a couple of hours.  Low key, right?  No!  My children are dairy-free and I have great recipes for vegan buttercream and cupcakes that are always a hit.  :-)

However, other guests range from gluten-free, to raw, to sugar-crazed.  I would like to have a table full of snacks for all, but what do I make??

My time is limited and I have the dairy-free thing down to a science, but I want ALL the children to feel included and, well, like it is a party.  I don't want a single child to feel how MY girls do when they can't have the birthday cake. 

 

Please help, I am at a loss!


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Do you have a food budget?  Are you serving a meal or just snacks and cake?

 

Pretzels

popcorn

bottled waters or juice pouches

veggies/dip

cheese and crackers

 

Would any of those options work? 


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Fruit kebabs (or simply fruit salad).  You could do a simple dip, or even just have honey out if you like.

 

Ditto on popcorn, veggies & dip.

 

Maybe olives and/or pickles (on toothpicks to be 'fancy')

 

Hummus & pita, or black bean dip & tortillas for something more filling.

 

 

I think, so long as you have 1-2 options that may fit into each eating restriction, that's plenty to accommodate someone.  If your frosting is gluten-free (but cupcakes not), you could consider leaving some out for the fruit (for those who are gluten-free).  I'm not totally sure about something 'extra nice' that's raw - but you could just make sure you ask first and have some favorite fruits/veggies of theirs at minimum.  

 

Make sure there are non-food extra fun treats/games/fun at the party.  I almost think that makes more of a difference for kids, anyway.

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Thanks, ladies! 

 

Fruit... of some kind.  Watermelon, grapes, maybe orange slices.

Hummus and veggies

Pretzels/ potato chips (not healthy, but it will serve.  The chips would be gluten-free.)

Dairy-free cupcakes and maybe a few gluten-free ones?

 

I am not planning on serving a meal, just snacks, but kids get soooo hungry swimming.  Will this be enough?  Maybe there should be something else hearty?

 

Ooh, and olives, I really liked that idea, too!  :-)


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A dairy gluten free cupcake(you could easily buy the betty crocker gluten free mix and use almond or soy milk in place of the reg milk)

Fruit chunks(even just apple slices and grapes)

veggies

hummus

pita

salsa

corn tortilla chips(not multi grain) then your covered gluten free for dipping in salsa and hummus

trail mix

popcorn


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I am not planning on serving a meal, just snacks, but kids get soooo hungry swimming.  Will this be enough?  Maybe there should be something else hearty?

 

 

 

 

I used to offer lots of food at birthday parties. The kids would take a few bites and leave half-full plates. After a few parties, I realized that I was just throwing most of the food into the compost bin. I disliked the waste. 

 

If the party is just a couple of hours long and there are lots of activities, I found we didn't need much food at all. Aside from the cake, a couple of trays of fruit and cheese and crackers, and maybe a few other snacks (popcorn, pretzels) was plenty. Even then, I'd often be left with plates of half-eaten cake. 

 

If the party extends over a typical mealtime - say it starts at 11:00 a.m and goes to 3 or 4 p.m, or starts in the afternoon and goes past 5 or 6 p.m - then you may want to serve something heartier. Normal appetites and routines will kick in and the kids may be hungrier. Otherwise, I think what you are planning sounds fine. 

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