When you're serving a kid-friendly lunch with guests, think potluck to lighten your workload. As you plan the party, consider the menu for a potluck lunch carefully. Keep in mind the youngsters that you will be feeding, and select a potluck theme that features foods kids will eat and enjoy.
Kids and pasta usually make a good pair, making an Italian potluck ideal for serving children. Think crockpot ziti, lasagna, homemade macaroni and cheese and spaghetti. Winning sides might include vegetable salads, raw vegetable platters with dip, garlic bread and bread sticks. Add some fresh fruit trays with yogurt on the side for dipping, and most kids and adults will be filling their plates happily.
Mexican food can be suitable potluck fare, as long as you make sure to keep it mild for the little ones. Tortilla casseroles, enchiladas, burritos, tacos, and taco salad transport well to a potluck. Round out the potluck with chips, salsa, creamy dip and guacamole and a few different vegetable platters, and the potluck should appeal to almost everyone.
Salads don't have to be just for adults -- kids can enjoy them as well. Try a variety of different fruit salads -- featuring different berries or melons -- with creamy yogurt or sour cream dressings. Serve a selection of different pasta salads, including a basic macaroni and tuna salad that kids will probably enjoy. Add a pizza pasta salad with all the standard pizza toppings, including pepperoni and black olives, to appeal to pizza lovers. Don't forget lettuce salads, including a seven-layer salad -- a standard potluck item. Set out bowls of different creamy salad dressings with individual serving spoons.
Because most kids love finger food, you can't go wrong with a sandwich potluck. Include favorites like peanut butter and jelly and tuna salad and most kids will be happy. Try roast beef, turkey, chicken salad, ham, and even warm Sloppy Joes for a variety of different sandwiches for the potluck table. Add some tortilla chips and dips and a fruit salad to balance the sandwich options.