What is the best birthday party food for girls?

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Answered by: Kathleen, An Expert in the Food and Beverage Category
Every parent wants their child's birthday party to be the best of the year - but some get stuck when it comes to planning food to please a bunch of picky eaters. To help overcome this stumbling block, I've written a few suggestions sure to take some of the stress out of this hectic, exciting time:

When planning the menu for your little girl's birthday party, keep in mind the following tip: food is fun! Party food for girls should be simple, colorful, and appeal to their sense of whimsy. A selection of fruit skewers poking out from a hollowed melon is a sure crowd pleaser. Kids will love the novelty of the skewer, the flavor of the fresh fruits, and the freedom to serve themselves as they wish. Parents will love the clean up ease - toss the empty melon and used skewers straight into the rubbish bin and you're done!

Another surprisingly easy treat is the classic chocolate covered strawberry. Using only chocolate, milk, and fruit, you can create a healthy, sweet treat that will appeal to nearly any palate. First, slice your chosen fruits into bite-sized pieces. Next, melt the chocolate, being careful not to burn it. Allow it to cool for 2 minutes, and then add milk to the chocolate; this thins out the chocolate and makes it easier to coat the fruit. Dipping the fruit into the melted chocolate is the easiest part - in fact, your birthday girl may want to help with this one. Use a toothpick to dunk the fruit into the chocolate, and then lay the coated fruit on a sheet of wax paper until the chocolate hardens. If you're the impatient type, you can stick the fruit into the freezer to speed the process along. Get creative! Many of your child's favorite fruits will slide easily into this recipe: strawberries, bananas, cherries, kiwi and even oranges or pineapple would be equally delicious. Fun is the objective, so if your little one has a suggestion, then give it a whirl. At the very least, you'll have fun figuring out what taste combinations you both enjoy.

For a fun, creative beverage, think pink! Add a few slices of fresh strawberry, or some lightly crushed raspberry to a jar of lemonade, and stir. The result is a lightly tinted, refreshing drink that partygoers both young and old will be sure to enjoy. For an extra special touch, freeze bits of fruit inside ice cubes and drop them into the lemonade just before serving. Each guest will be excited to see the 'surprise' inside their glass, and you will enjoy knowing how little effort went into such a big payoff.

Maximize your enjoyment and your child's with the simple recipes above. The less time you spend worrying about what to serve, or whether the guests will enjoy the menu, the more time you can all spend enjoying the birthday party experience. Party food for girls, and for boys, can be both simple and fun for everyone. Adults will be impressed with your creativity and effort, and children will literally eat up the results!

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