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How To Cater A Kid's Birthday Party With Mexican Food

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When you're planning a birthday party for your child, you'll have a lot of factors to consider, with food most likely being at the top of the list. Since young guests can be picky when it comes to what they eat, it's important to decide on a cuisine, such as Mexican, that will appeal to the most party-goers. 

Although you can't please everyone when planning a party menu, picking a type of food that offers plenty of different options will be your best bet. It's easy to tailor a Mexican-inspired lunch or dinner to accommodate allergies as well as vegan and vegetarian diets as well. 

Mexican cuisine is full of fresh, healthy ingredients, including tomatoes, lettuce and avocados, so you won't have to sacrifice nutrition for taste. Kids will also be able to customize their own meals using their favorites toppings and feelings, turning mealtime into a creative, hands-on experience. 

Depending on your birthday party budget, you can either make the food yourself, inspired by your favorite Mexican restaurant, or have the eatery actually cater the event. Hiring professionals to do the cooking for you will allow you to focus more on decor and other fun activities. 

Here are some meal ideas sure to please all of the children on your guest list: 

1. Taco or Burrito Bar

Kids will love being able to make their own tacos or burritos using a variety of tasty ingredients. To set up the bar, start with hard or soft taco shells, or large tortillas for burritos, along with various fillings. Place ingredients such as refried beans, seasoned ground beef, shredded cheese, lettuce, chopped tomatoes, sliced black olives and guacamole, in individual bowls with spoons for serving.

Have adults bake the burritos for the kids, and then help them top their creations with sour cream and salsa if desired. You can serve the main courses with refried beans and rice as a traditional Mexican side dish. 

2. Nachos 

Similar to a taco or burrito bar, nachos will allow the youngsters to get creative in the kitchen, and they won't require you to cook during the party. Place tortilla chips on individual plates and then let the kids top them as they wish. Provide all of the traditional ingredients, including nacho cheese sauce, beans, seasoned ground beef and guacamole and allow the children to customize their dishes.

The fun finger food will also be easy for the kids to eat and they mix and mingle with their friends. Finish the dinner with Mexican-style popsicles in flavors such as coconut, pineapple, mango and rice pudding. Click here for info on Mexican restaurants.