gelato cupsWe are officially into the new year, which means it's time to start planning for your child's 2018 birthday party. As a parent, you might feel the urge to give your child everything they could ever want. And if this need includes an awesome birthday party, you're in luck.

Throwing your child the birthday party of their dreams can come with a lot of pressure. You probably want to top last year's party, but you might not be sure how to do that. So, let's start out simple. It's time to think about the food. What are you going to serve this year?

Since it's going to be your child's birthday party, you're going to have a lot of other children in attendance. And what do children love more than Disney Channel and Nickelodeon? Sugar. They love sugar. If you're looking to bring some sweet treats to your child's party, why not have an ice cream buffet? An ice cream buffet is an excellent idea as you can have many different flavors, many different toppings, and many different types of frozen treats. Since you are going to be serving a mass amount of children, you have to think of any potential dietary restrictions. Having some dairy-free options, some gelato cups, and excluding nuts all together will ensure that no one will have an allergic reaction. Gelato cups are great because they're already in a bowl so you don't have to worry about a big mess. Plus, the child can take their gelato cups home with them, since they're easy to travel with. According to research by NPD Group, in any given two-week period, 40% of Americans will eat ice cream. So, clearly, it's a popular choice for many.

Many parents out there suggest stocking the party full of food on sticks. There are so many different options out there for this kind of treat, so the possibilities are endless. You can put chicken fingers on a stick, mini hot dogs, hamburger sliders, and even little many pieces of cake. Putting everything on sticks requires no clean up after the party has concluded. You don't have to worry about plates, forks, knives, and spoons trashing your backyard. Everything will be contained to the disposable stick.

If you're trying to encourage healthy eating in your child's lifestyle, why not get a little crazy and have a sushi bar? Just because your child doesn't have a nine-to-five job and doesn't go out for cocktails with the girls weekly, that doesn't mean they can't enjoy sushi, too. A sushi bar is a completely different and unique food option for a child's birthday party. You'll definitely surprise all the guests, and their parents when they go home and tell them what they ate at the party.

Even if your child doesn't have a birthday until later in the year, it's best to start planning their party now. Starting small with the food will save you a lot of stress in the long run.