I have never hosted a birthday party before and that meant really not having any idea what I was doing. We had 8 children come to Erin’s 1st birthday party and adults made total numbers up to about 20. I had absolutely no clue how much food to buy (I am trying to stay perfectly in keto – so no sugar for me), what to buy or what to do with it!
My mum and I went to the supermarket a couple of days before the party to buy everything we needed. I had a list of a couple of things I wanted but really, we walked around guessing for some of the food. I figured the children were kind of easy to cater for, mostly, but it was the parents I was stuck with.
Here’s how the food ended up:
As you can see, I made A LOT of food! Once it was all laid out I knew that there was too much but by then it was too late.
A couple of Erin’s friends have food intolerances so I had to take that into account. I made sure there was a really good mix of options for everyone, both children and adults, and that there really was something for everyone.
Most of the children who came were Erin’s age and still in weaning stages but eating finger food. I didn’t want all of the food to be high in sugar or ‘naughty’ foods so I made sure there were healthy options too.
I thought fruit and veg platters with dips were a really good idea. The fruit platter got demolished but surprisingly, the veg platter barely got touched. I thought loads of people would have eaten this. We took most of this home with us!
Sandwiches and crisps are always a massive hit so I made sure there was loads! Again, intolerances had to be considered so I had to make sure there was a good selection of dairy free options. I went with cheese, Dairylea, egg with and without mayo, jam and tuna with both white and brown bread. The crisps were really a random selection because I bought what I would call ‘posh’ crisps for the adults as well as normal party favourites.
We also had the usual sweet options as well! I made up so many individual jelly pots and I think only 2 got eaten. Since when does jelly not get eaten at a party?!
If you’re wondering about how much all of this cost, well the food was about £40 but this didn’t include drinks or a birthday cake. This quite easily fed the 20 odd people that attended and we took quite a bit home with us. However, I would still do the same next year just to be safe. Children who are 2 obviously eat more than children who are 1!
I would love to say that I made a lot of this myself but I didn’t, I was lazy. Do you cook and bake for parties or buy in like I did?
14 thoughts on “First Birthday Party Food”
I love birthday party buffets like this, and to be honest £40 for all of that food looks pretty reasonable. Making me hungry now x
What a fantastic spread fo £40 fit for any one year old – happy birthday to your little bean!
That’s amazing doing all that for £40. Well done. It looks like a lovely, tasty and colourful buffet. I bet the kids loved it!
I agree it does look tasty. I bet you didn’t mind having leftovers. That’s one of the good things about the party being over. 🙂
Aww it looks great, we love birthday party food. I bet everyone loved the food.
Oh I love party food like this. I have yet to do a big party for Boo – but this would be perfect, and there is so much there for a great price too!
Oh that looks amazing and brilliant how you did it all for £40! I hope Erin had a lovely day 🙂
Gosh that is a lot of food! It looks fantastic though. Pickle just had family at home for his first birthday. Kaz x
Our dog is a bit of a maniac and we can’t really have people at our house. He would want to hump them all!
I know, I did way too much
Fantastic spread, looks amazing well done you!
This always dresses me out too! I always over buy food because I think it would be horrible to run out of food and someone not be able to eat.
My favorite to do is mini sub sandwiches or pizza but I think pizza is done a little to much at other people’s parties. So unlike to switch it up. 🙂
Ooh mini sub sandwiches sound good