When deciding on a first birthday party food menu, it is best to break the party's menu into the 5 major sections that make up any baby's party menu and they are cake, baby foods, adult foods, snacks, and drinks. Although, it may seem at first like there isn't much advanced planning needed to put the party's menu together, this couldn't be farther from the truth.
On this page you will find the greatest professional and practical tips and themed birthday party ideas for making a first birthday party food menu that will go perfectly with any 1st birthday party theme.
First Birthday Party Food
When it comes to the first birthday party food for your baby's party there are two groups of people you have to feed, your child and the other babies at the birthday party who probably are not eating solid foods yet, and the older kids and adults.
When choosing a baby's first birthday party food, most people typically only supply food for the older children and adults, but when it comes to throwing a first birthday party it's all about the babies. Always remember that when throwing any party some type of food should definitely be served, some people will come to a party without eating or feeding their children before hand, because they assume that food will be served.
Before deciding on any first birthday party food, it's a good idea to call the parents of the children that were invited to the party to see if their children have any food or drink allergies. Here is a list of common allergens that should not be served to or used as ingredients in foods for children under 12 months old.
Other foods that should be avoided are:
For the children who are not quite able to eat hard foods, but can eat soft table foods, here is a list of first birthday ideas for foods that are usually acceptable by this stage. (They are children between the ages of 1 - 2 years old.)
You can have them snack on Gerber's Fruit/Veggie Wagon Wheels, Fruit/Veggie Puffs, and Organic Mini Fruits.
Older Kid and Adult Food
The first birthday party food for the older kids and adults doesn't have to be theme related, as most of the guests including the guests of honor will not be eating it. Themed foods are usually made to entertain the children, and unless you are expecting a large amount of older children you should just prepare average children's party foods and spend your time on more important aspects of the party.
When making out the first birthday party food menu do not forget drinks.
Popular 1st birthday drinks are white, strawberry, and chocolate milk, Capri Sun fruit-flavored Roarin' Waters, lemonade, Gatorade, and Juicy Juice - Harvest Surprise. (one serving of Harvest Surprise contains 2 of the recommended servings of fruit & vegetables in a day)
The most important drink to have at a first birthday party is bottled water, especially if their will be babies attending that use canned baby formula.
Your baby's cake should be at the top of your first birthday party food list, you cannot have a birthday party without a birthday cake. You have three options for your baby's first birthday cake you can serve a store bought/professionally made cake, a homemade cake, or cupcakes. Purchasing a pre-made cake from a local grocery store, baker, or caterer may be easier, but it usually comes at a price.
Most pre-made cakes are dry, generically designed, and poor tasting, that is, unless you are paying $100 or more for the cake. If you do decide to go this route, it is best to order the cake at least two weeks, preferably three weeks in advance.
Your next option is to bake your own homemade birthday cake. This not only can be a very rewarding experience, but you also have the ability to make the cake more personalized and theme oriented. There are two great ways to make your baby's homemade first birthday cake, you can make a cake in a regular shaped cake pan or use a 3-D theme shaped cake pan.
Both are great, because with a regular shaped cake pan you can use any of the countless decorations and decoration tools available in today’s market. It is important to remember that there are also non-edible themed cake decorations you can buy, such as themed cake toppers and theme shaped candles.
3-D cake pans are nothing short of great, they are way better looking than any sheet cake, and are definitely worth the money. "Is a 3-D cake harder to decorate, than a sheet cake?" you ask. No, it's not! and I'll tell you why. All 3-D character cake pans come with step-by-step directions on how to decorate the cake. That way, even you can make a professional looking cake from home.
Just remember to try to keep the directions in mint condition, that way after the party, you can thoroughly clean out the cake pan and repackage it. 3-D character cake pans are very popular and can easily be sold on E-Bay, you should have no problem making at least half the money you paid for the cake pan back. Check with your friends and family to see if they may already have the cake pan that you’re looking for.
Universal Character Cake
Bake a cake mix of your choice preferably in an 11" x 15" x 2" or 12" x 18" x 2" rectangular cake pan. Take a colored coloring book quality picture of a theme related character or object and have it enlarged big enough so that it will fit to the edges of the cake without going over. Cut out the background of the picture then take a needle and poke a small hole every 1/4-inch along the outline of the picture.
When the cake has cooled put small blotches of frosting on the backside of the picture, so when you place it on the cake it will stay in place. (Make sure you don't put frosting over the holes you made along the outlining.) Now position the picture on the cake without it going over the edges.
Cut off the excess cake and put toothpicks 1/3 of the way down in the holes you made along the outline. (You can crumble up the excess cake and put it in a dish alternating between layers of cake and pudding for another party dessert) Remove the toothpicks and picture and use the colors on the picture and the holes made by the toothpicks to guide you while you ice the cake, as you ice over an area that had a hole place another toothpick.
After the cake has been iced remove the toothpicks and use a decorating bag with black frosting to outline the edges of the top of the cake and the inside outline area which should have been marked by the toothpicks.