First birthday parties needn’t be big or fancy. In fact, large crowds of strangers might be a bit overwhelming for your baby. It might be a good idea to keep it to close friends and family if possible.
If your guest list includes other babies of similar ages, you’ll want to make sure there are plenty of healthy snacks for them. Laying on foods that both adults and babies can snack on will save you a lot of effort too.
Here are a few nutritious and delicious party food ideas for your baby’s big day:
- Hummus is an all-rounder
Hummus is popular with both adults and babies whether its shop bought or home-made. Opt for a low-salt variety and serve with sliced brown pita bread and a selection of crunchy crudité like peppers, carrots and cucumber.
- Mini-sandwiches can bring variety
Make a batch of mini-sandwiches using a soft cheese spread or smooth chicken or vegetable paté for a satisfying protein and carbohydrate boost.
- Fun-sized pizza for fun-sized kids
It’s hard to go wrong with a simple cheese and tomato pizza sliced into bite-sized portions for tiny fingers.
- Cheese on sticks – An all-time favorite
Cheddar cheese cubes are great for nibbling on and a good source of calcium for babies. You can put them on cocktail sticks with a slice of pineapple or grapes for the grown-ups.
- Salt-free snacks = Guilt-free snacks
Serve a selection of, crackers, breadsticks and rice cakes for guilt-free munching.
- Baby biscuits are easily available and come in all shapes and sizes
If you’re short on time, buy a few boxes of organic baby-friendly biscuits. These are available in a variety of fun shapes from gingerbread men to animals. The best thing about them is that they don’t contain any refined sugar or additives. You’ll find them in most supermarkets and health food stores. Or, if time is on your side, have a go at baking some yourself.
- Juicy jelly be as healthy as it is jiggly
Jelly is a popular children’s party staple. You could try making your own healthier version using leaf gelatin, fresh fruit juice and sliced fruit. Pour into individual cups or shot glasses to set.
- A dairy pot can hit the spot
Small pots of natural yoghurt and fromage frais are a protein and calcium rich treat that most babies will guzzle with gusto.
- Pureé pouches for the toothless
Have a selection of pureed fruit pouches on hand for any younger babies. These can be frozen in hot weather and served as baby-friendly ice-lollies too. They make an ideal snack for teething babies as well.
- Brilliant berries – Quick and easy dose of antioxidants
As well as tasting great, berries of all varieties are packed with vital vitamins and antioxidants. A large bowl of blueberries, strawberries and raspberries will make an attractive centerpiece accompanied with freshly whipped unsweetened cream.
- The birthday cake – fruit-based cakes are tasty and nutritious
Of course, no first birthday party would be complete without a cake. And believe it or not, it really is possible to make a scrumptious birthday cake that’s packed with lots of healthy ingredients. Carrot, apple or banana cakes are more nutritious than a classic chocolate cake. There are plenty of healthy first birthday cake recipes online. Try and choose one that reflects your baby’s tastes and decorate accordingly.