I have made "puppydogs" instead of hotdogs for my kid's parties. I use the little bake-at-home bread rolls from the supermarket and bake them until cooked, but still fairly soft. I then place a heated cheerio (mini frankfurt) into the bun and top with tomato sauce..They are the cutest things, and you could put cheese on them if you wanted. They are always a hit. I like to prepare 'mini-things' like mini-quiche or mini-muffins and mini-cupcakes. I buy multipacks of potato chips so each child has a portion controlled serve and the mums can help control what chips they choose. (For example, my son can not have cheezels or Twisties because of the colourings - they give him hives). Little ones love to decorate their own cupcakes - just ice them (or let mum help them) and put out a few toppings to choose from, like sprinkles, jellytots or smarties. If you are brave about the mess of course! I make cheese platters for the adults and extras of the kid's food. You can make birthday cakes in ice-cream cones to avoid messy hands. Mix up packet cake mix according to the packet instructions. Pour into small, square bottomed cones and bake at instructed temperature until cooked thru. (usually 10-15 mins - test with a skewer). Then ice them when they are cool and decorate. The kids might not eat all the cone, but they make a good 'holder'. I do these for preschool or school birthdays. Finally, there are lots of great birthday party sites online. Try birthdaypartyideas.com or do a search engine search....have a great time preparing..
Domestic Goddess Mum of Four!