When you're hosting a children's party and have to consider certain dietary requirements when planning the menu, it can be a little difficult to come up with ideas for dishes that are kid-friendly, fun and suitable for everyone at the party. Dessert is the big culinary attraction for kids at a party, so here are a few winning options that are dairy-free but still delicious.
Kids will love a make-your-own fruit kebab station with a range of dipping sauces to try. Layout kid-friendly skewers and a range of cut fruit for them to make their own creations. Fruit such as bananas, strawberries, blueberries, mangos, kiwis and apples are ideal for kebabs. Dairy-free dipping options include coconut yogurt, fruit conserve and some dark chocolate sauces.
Chocolate Coconut Pudding
Chocolate pudding is a real treat for kids and adults alike. Please everyone at the party by making a quick and easy chocolate pudding using dairy-free chocolate chips, sweetened coconut milk, cocoa powder and a little cornflour to thicken it. Gently heat the ingredients in a pan until smooth and then pour into ramekins to set in the fridge. Serve these puddings with some fresh berries for an indulgent dessert that will satisfy any sweet tooth.
Parfaits are another fun option that kids can get involved in making. Simply provide a large bowl of coconut yogurt, a few dishes of fruit and some simple granola or nuts for added crunch. Kids can layer the ingredients into a tall, kid-friendly cup to create their own multi-coloured parfait. Berries, such as raspberries and blueberries, work well in this dish, as their bright colour contrasts with the creamy yogurt.
It's easy to adapt your favourite fluffy pancake recipe to make it dairy-free. Simply replace the dairy milk in the recipe with the same quantity of a dairy-free alternative, such as oat milk. The texture of the pancake will remain the same if no other changes are made to the recipe. There are lots of topping options for dessert-themed pancake stacks, such as fruit, whipped coconut cream, chocolate chips, maple syrup, jam, sprinkles and fruity sauces. Kids will enjoy making their own pancake stacks, and you could even run a competition to see who can make the best stack with a small prize for the winner.
These are just a few examples of kid-friendly dessert options that are ideal for kids parties. When creating a menu around a specific dietary requirement, good communication between the catering staff and the host is vital to make sure there are no crossed wires and everything provided is suitable. This will ensure the party is successful and enjoyed by all.