Birthday party food doesn't have to take hours to prepare or completely blow your budget. When it comes to kids and party food, variety and presentation are the answer.
Rather than cooking a few specialty dishes, aim for serving lots of small dishes of fun and kid-friendly finger foods.
Try to serve mainly savory foods and only a few sweet treats. This will help avoid the dreaded sugar highs. Here are a few easy kid party food ideas.
Presenting Kid Party Food - Make it fun, fun, fun!
Honestly, it really doesn't matter what you serve as long as you wow them with the presentation. You want the kids to see the table, light up and rush to their seats. Okay… so how do you do that?
1. Plenty of color - Use colorful kid tableware, balloons, serving bowls, etc.
2. Plenty of variety - Serve lots of small bowls or plates containing a selection of different finger foods such as cut fruit, bread sticks, mini muffins, mini wraps, crackers, cheese, etc.
3. Serve Fun Foods - You can easily turn the most normal foods into fun kid foods. Cut sandwiches with fun cookie cutter shapes to make them more interesting or roll them into pinwheels, cup up a selection of veggies and fruit and serve with a colorful dip. Also make all foods kid size. Cut everything from pizzas to hotdogs into small bite size pieces. This will make it easier to eat and be more fun.
4. Personalize - I've found that using table setting tags with individual names doesn’t work as kids will just rush to find the first seat available. Instead tie a plain balloon to each chair and using a black marker write each child's name on a balloon in large letters. Make a game out of each child finding their seat.
5. Keep it interesting - Play a calm game at the table. For older kids have each one take turns in telling their favorite foods or a funny joke. Sing or play songs for younger kids.
So what do you serve?
Here are some top favorite kid party food ideas:
Fun mini sandwiches and wraps.
Cut up fruit and veggies with dip.
Breadsticks and chocolate sprinkle dip.
Pizza fingers, chicken finger, fish fingers… anything fingers!
Potato wedges or mini baked potatoes.
A selection of small savory crackers, dried fruit, and a few chocolate chips will make a fun trail mix.
Classic cheese and crackers with cherry tomatoes in the center of plate .
Small meatballs (chicken, pork or beef all work well).
With a little imagination you can turn most foods in your kitchen cupboards into kid party food.
Also, don’t go overboard in the amount of food you provide. Most kids are so excited by the actual party they will only lightly pick at their party food… no matter how yummy it is.
So take it easy, prepare lots of quick finger foods, present it nicely and most of all enjoy the day!