Drinks are a special part of any kids’ birthday party but they do not need to be complicated.
It just takes some good ideas and recipes to serve something other than fizzy drink in plastic cups.
You can choose (or serve) your drinks to match the theme of your party, or simply pick a few easy options so that your guests have a choice.
Here are some ideas and recipes to get you started.
Large bottles of soft drink in a variety of flavours will quench most young thirsts.
Individual packs of small cans/bottles are also available from supermarkets although they come in one flavour, so its better to buy flavours individually.
Party drinks can be as simple as calling a red drink “lava juice” at a dinosaur themed party or as complicated as mixing various juices together to make a drink.
Inspiration may come with the cup used to serve the drink in. How about water served in fire hydrant cups at a fireman party.
There are many “fruit punch” recipes. A simple fruit punch that everyone will enjoy, mix together a bottle of Orange Juice, a bottle of Lemonade, a bottle of Ginger Ale and a teapot full of cold tea.
If the party is going to be active then having drinks of water available is a good idea; especially if it is hot.
Mock-tails” kids love the idea of drinking a fancy cocktail – without the alcohol. The easiest mock-tail is a simple fruit cocktail using any kind of fruit juice with real fruit (canned or fresh). Place a piece of fruit in the bottom of the glass, and pour the juice over the top. Add umbrella, straw, fruit on the rim and voila, a mocktail.
Ice Cream Sodas, Milkshakes and Yoghurt Smoothies are always popular but check for allegies beforehand.
To make a Ice Cream Soda put a scoop of ice cream in the bottom of a tall glass or tumbler, pour fizzy drink (slowly) over the top. Serve with a straw and spoon.
Milkshakes and Yoghurt Smoothies are a blend of ice cream/yoghurt, milk, and flavouring, pour into cups and serve with a straw. Why not offer fresh or frozen berries or other fruits, peaches, apricots, pineapples or bananas.
Iced or Hot Chocolate Drink: easy peasy! How about dribbling chocolate ice cream topping into a tall glass, so that the topping sticks to the sides. For the hot chocolate, make Milo with hot milk and top it with whipped cream and marshmallows.
How about fun straws: coloured, striped, silly, transparent, squiggly, jumbo.