There is nothing like having your nearest and dearest over for dinner. However, planning a dinner party can be a stressful experience, especially when catering for the littles ones. Here are a few tips I have picked up over the years on how to plan a (stress free) dinner party that will not only be a great experience but will have the little ones eating out of your hands literally! The tips in this blog were tried and tested on children aged between 5 and 10.
1) Dietary requirements including allergies
It is always best to find out about any dietary requirements your younger guests may have (goes for the big ones too!). The last thing you want is for them to have an allergic reaction to the food. Common allergies include nuts, gluten, and dairy, however as mentioned before always check with the parents/guardians as they may have an allergy that is only be unique to them i.e. this can be an allergy that one no one has ever come across before.
Other dietary requirements may include halal, vegetarian or vegan food. I have been told by my Muslim friends that Sainsbury's do a great halal meat range if your local butcher does not sell halal meat.
Regarding vegan or vegetarian options, I always find Indian food is a winner as most of the ingredients will not contain any dairy products. Daal (lentils) is a great example of a vegetarian/vegan meal and is easy to make.
2) What is on the menu? Food to serve.