The Hare is an incredibly picky eater. Which wouldn’t be a problem if she ate every single one of her meals at my dinner table. There are only about four things she will eat consistently: white rice with soy sauce, peanut butter and honey sandwiches, spaghetti o’s with meatballs and Kraft macaroni and cheese. It’s so embarrassing, that I even pack a microwavable single serving meal in her bag when she plays with friends so that I know she will eat lunch or dinner.
I’m sure I will get a plethora of advice in response to my child’s foody quirks, but believe me, I’ve tried every trick in the book from cooking out of books like Deceptively Delicious, force feeding, bribing and lying. We’ve tried the suggestion of simply saying, “I’m sorry, but this is what is for dinner. Either eat this or don’t eat.” The idea was that she will eat when she is hungry. She went an entire day without eating. Sometimes, as a parent, you simply just have to pick your battles, and food is one of them. I attempt to put something new on her plate at least a few nights a week and we strongly encourage her to try at least one bite.
So what food do you serve for a birthday party when the hostess won’t eat anything? (Not even pizza!)You make a Party Macaroni Bar with a side of fresh fruits, juice boxes and colorful accessories.
Kraft Macaroni and Cheese
Make the macaroni and cheese according to the box directions. Heat up the peas. Put all three items into small brightly colored bowls with their own serving utensils. Set out the choices in buffet style for your guests to serve themselves. You can obviously provide lots of add-in ingredients like diced carrots, tuna, ground beef with taco seasoning, etc. The possibilities are endless. (And cheap!)
The Hare was in heaven because she got to eat her favorite meal and her friends were able to have a more balanced meal. (The Hare even ate some pepperoni on the side – score!) Plus, they all felt like Big Kids getting to serve themselves.
Birthday parties don’t have to be fancy, just fun.