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Planning Your Child's Birthday Party? 4 Questions To Ask When Hiring The Caterer

If you're in the process of planning your child's birthday, you want everything to be perfect for their special day. That perfection includes the food you'll serve. If you don't want to get stressed out, and tired out, over the food, it's time to call the caterers. Catering your child's birthday will allow you to focus on other aspects of the party, such as the decorations, entertainment, and the guest list. When choosing a caterer, it's important to find one who specializes in birthday parties for children. Here are four questions you should ask when hiring a caterer for your child's birthday party.

Are Allergy-Friendly Options Available?

If there are going to be a lot of children at your child's party, chances are good that a few of them are going to have some food allergies. The last thing you want is to serve foods that the guests can't eat. When choosing a caterer, be sure to ask if there are allergy-friendly food options that can be chosen from. Providing a few allergy-friendly foods will ensure that all the guests have something to eat while they're enjoying the festivities. It's also important that you request special serving areas for the allergy-friendly foods. This will prevent cross-contamination between the foods.

Will Food be Prepared On-Site?

Kids are notoriously picky eaters. If you're going to be hosting a large group of young kids, you'll want your caterer to be available for special requests. This can be difficult to arrange if the food will be prepared off-site. To make sure kids have the option of making special requests, try to find a caterer who will do all the food prep on-site, or provide some food choices that will allow for those special requests.

Is There Special Pricing for Children?

Kids usually eat much less than adults do. If the majority of your guests will be young children, ask your caterer if they offer special pricing for children. This is particularly important if all the guests will be young children. However, if there will be an even mix between adults and children, ask if the caterer will provide you a discount for the young guests.

Are There Kid-Friendly Options Available?

When you're planning the food that will be served at your child's birthday party, it's important to remember the age, and taste preferences of those young attendees. Before you hire a caterer, make sure they can gear their dining choices towards the party-goers. For instance, if your child would live on pizza, consider hiring a caterer that provides a pizza oven. This will allow the kids the opportunity to design their own pizzas while they wait.