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Children’s birthday parties are a time for lots of fun, laughter and celebration. Sharing food with friends and family is an essential part of these celebrations.

Earlier this year my eldest, Blake, turned four. It was important for me to fill the table with colourful, healthy party food the kids would all enjoy. I focused on using as many fresh fruit and vegetables as possible; it was a huge success.

Some of the most popular dishes among the children, and adults alike, were-

Rice paper rolls  These are wonderful filled with thinly sliced carrot, cucumber, blanched green beans, capsicum and some fresh mint and/or coriander leaves. Additional or alternative fillings can include shredded iceburg lettuce,  finely shredded red cabbage, bean sprouts and celery. A sweet chilli sauce as an accompaniment is always enjoyed by the kids.

Club Sandwiches  Using wholegrain or wholemeal bread, spread with a little low fat mayonnaise and fill the sandwiches with slices of cucumber and tomato, lettuce, grated carrot and mashed egg. Cut into fingers, triangles, or a combination of both.

Mini Vegetable Kebabs Roast chunks of courgette, capsicum and red onion in a 170°C oven for 20-30 minutes and thread a piece of each onto a large toothpick. My boys both love beetroot so I will often add this as it brings great colour to the kebab.

Vegetable pizzas – Use this recipe as your base, and add as many more vegetables as you like. Grilled courgettes and asparagus work well on this pizza. When cooked, use cookie cutters to cut your pizzas into cute little shapes for the kids. These look and taste fantastic.

Corn Cobs - A wonderfully, simple addition to any summer party table. Grill, microwave, steam or barbecue your corn cob, drizzle with a little melted butter/low fat spread and cut into 2 or 3 pieces, depending on size of cob.