What Food to Serve at a Kid's Party?
Depending on the age of the children you are inviting, the time of day, and other factors, what kind of food you're going to serve at a child's party can vary. Make sure you check with the parents of all the guests to find out if there are any food allergies among your prospective guests.
Here are some ideas for party foods according to various ages.
A party with toddlers as the main guests helps to focus on finger foods that toddlers can pick up and eat themselves. Make sure the foods served are soft and not choking hazards. Some ideas include:
- Slices of fruit (melon, strawberries, peaches, and ripe pears are good)
- Cheese slices
- Small sandwiches with soft filling like peanut butter and jelly, cheese, egg salad, and so forth
- Pizza bites, either frozen or simply pizza that's been cut into small slices or pieces
- Cookies that are relatively soft, not hard or that contain nuts
- Jell-O cut into fun shapes
Like the food at toddler parties, preschoolers' party food is probably best if it is simple and can be eaten with the fingers. However, preschoolers have more advanced coordination, are less prone to choking, and can enjoy a broader range of foods. Here are some ideas for preschoolers:
- Fruit pizza (made with vanilla cookie dough and topped with cream cheese-based icing and fruit)
- Chips and dip (corn chips and salsa, potato chips and French onion dip, pretzels and honey mustard, etc.)
- Apple slices and caramel dip
- Hot dogs on a bun cut in half. Condiments can be according to each guest's taste, but it might be less hassle to make the half-dogs up ahead, put ketchup on some, mustard on others, and so forth. Then the guests can choose.
Gradeschool spans a wide range of ages, from 5 to 11 years old. For younger kids in grade school, say between 5 and 7 years old, the same kinds of foods as you'd have for preschoolers can be served. For kids ages 8 to 11, here are some possibilities:
- Fruit kabobs (older kids know better than using skewers in inappropriate ways!)
- Watermelon fruit basket (it's not too hard to cut a watermelon into a basket shape)
- Build-your-own sandwich - set out pieces of bread and various sandwich spreads and fillings such as deli meat, cheese, sliced vegetables, etc.
- Quesadillas with salsa and guacamole dip. You can cut these into fun shapes, too.
Older kids might appreciate more "sophisticated" and exciting foods. For kids of middle school age, here are some ideas to try.
- Campfire cookout. Middle schoolers can cook their food over a campfire or on a grill (with adult supervision, of course).
- Build-your-own pizza, where kids can add toppings according to their tastes. Bagels, English muffins, or homemade or store-bought mini crusts make good choices for the pizza base.
- Ethnic foods can be fun for this age. Try serving various foods from different countries and see how everyone reacts to the new flavours.
FAQ - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How can I make my birthday fun?
One easy way to make your birthday party fun is to plan a themed party. You could have a '70s party or masquerade ball. Another way to add excitement to your birthday party is by having contests and games. You can have a limbo contest, cake-eating, or treasure hunt. Don't forget the food and drinks!
What are good ideas for a birthday?
A good birthday party should be full of fun, laughter, and love. Surrounding yourself with your closest friends and family is the best way to celebrate another year. Make sure to include plenty of cake, games, and presents! Choosing a theme for your party will be the most crucial decision for you to make, so make sure you browse our trending Adult Birthday Ideas or Kids Party Ideas.
How do I plan my birthday on a small budget?
There are a few ways to plan your birthday on a small budget. One way is to have a smaller guest list, and another way is to do DIY decorations and save on the cost of professional decorating services. You can also cut costs by serving simple refreshments like cake and punch instead of an elaborate meal. Finally, consider having your party at a time other than peak party times like weekends or evenings, to get lower rates from venues. You can still have a great birthday party without breaking the bank by following these tips!
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