This afternoon, Jen Middlehurst of our very favourite wedding catering company, Kalm Kitchen, has some ideas to share for those of you pondering over how to cater for the kiddywinks at your wedding. This feature is part of our ‘Catering Ideas by Kalm Kitchen’ series.
If you’re inviting children to your wedding, it’s vital to consider their needs. Happy children undoubtedly make for a less stressful day. If children are well-entertained, their parents are relaxed and you have the ingredients of a successful party!
Start at the beginning and provide snack and activity packs in lovely white paper bags for children to enjoy during the drinks reception. This might include organic fruit juice, a banana, sweet and salty popcorn, a colouring book, crayons, bubbles, a pack of stickers and a bouncy ball. They’re fun and keep children amused. Be sure to personalise each one and make sure they are age appropriate.
When it comes to dining, if you’ve got space at your wedding breakfast, consider creating a separate table for children only. They will love spending time without the ‘grown-ups’ and you can serve their food first to avoid hunger-induced grumpiness. Make sure they feel special and a part of the big day by including table decorations and place cards on their table.
An adult menu can be too rich and overpowering for children. It’s a good idea to serve your younger guests a different menu that will be appreciated, and can also cost less. Discuss the children’s needs with your catering team and think about creative ideas that are fun, interactive and imaginative. Dishes don’t have to be complicated but getting creative with the presentation will really impress your younger guests and colourful dishes go down well.
For pudding, fruit and vegetable skewers are perfect for little ones as are marshmallow pops and mini ice-creams. Playing with textures and colours will appeal to their senses. Interactive food can be a great success – creating an ice cream bar with a choice of toppings, for example.
Another popular idea is to serve lunch boxes filled with kiddy treats. Why not include a pack of games in their lunchbox or at their place setting – a special ‘childrens only’ favour. Colouring-in books, games and jigsaws will keep children entertained so you can enjoy your wedding breakfast and the speeches. Lunchboxes also give you the opportunity to personalise for each child.
Children love to get involved so think about giving them a role to play at your wedding reception. Older children might like to offer petit fours to your guests during coffee, while younger children could pass around favours for the ladies. The trick is to assign the right task to the right child!
If you’d like to find out more about the many creative ways we enjoy serving foods at weddings, you can read our other food features on Love My Dress, or pop along to kalmkitchen.co.uk.
Jen Middlehurst is a Director at Kalm Kitchen, a team of young, energetic, professional caterers, who share a passion for great food and great service. You can get in touch with Jen and her team by visiting the kalmkitchen.co.uk website.
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