Posted on: 27.10.2016.
Author: Ana G
Birthdays give you a chance to make wonderful memories for your children as they grow. Despite all the fun, however, birthday parties can cause headaches for parents, especially when having to choose the menu. You want to make something the kids will enjoy, but you also want to control expenses while serving something healthy. Of course, with active children running about the house, you also want to avoid using silverware and breakable plates, so everyone can enjoy the birthday cake.
When you host a birthday party, you should choose foods that most children can recognize. In addition, let’s not forget that many kids are picky eaters, so if you make something new, many of them might not want to try it. One thing you can’t go wrong is having plenty of sandwiches and other types of finger food.
By using food coloring, shapes, napkins and cupcake wrappers to carry the theme of your party, the kids will enjoy every bite.
You should not forget to check whether any of your guests have food allergies, and avoid food that might cause issues, so everyone can have fun. It’s best to avoid allergy inducing foods altogether, because some children that might not be allowed to have such foods might feel it’s unfair.
Try to find out what food your young guests prefer. In order to make it a bit easier, we have prepared some ideas on what you can prepare for your next kid’s birthday party. Make the next party you host a wonderful experience for everyone by using the following ten ideas for kids’ birthday party snacks.
Everyone loves pizza, so having mini pizzas is a safe bet for any kid’s birthday party. Children can easily handle the smaller size of the mini pizzas. What makes mini pizzas a great pick is the variety of toppings you can use.
Make mini pizzas a great experience by letting the children choose the toppings they want. If you have enough space, you can also let the children make their own pizzas using a make-shift toppings bar. Make sure you have all the most popular toppings such as cheese, pepperoni, ham, mozzarella, but also offer some alternative toppings such as pineapple, cherry tomatoes or even tuna.
Since toppings will be the most work, make things a bit easier by buying ready-made mini-pizza dough, a few pizza pans, silicone pastry brushes, small plastic containers for the tomato sauce and a variety of toppings. Let the children paint their pizza with the brush and add toppings according to their heart’s desire. Pop the mini pizzas into the oven for at least 15 to 20 minutes. While you wait for the pizzas, enjoy a fun and quick activity to occupy the children’s attention.
Lots of kids love tacos, and what many of whom enjoy the most is the challenge of making their own tacos. Make the next kid’s party you host special by having a taco bar for your little guests. Make a list of all the ingredients needed to make perfect tacos.
Prepare all the toppings and fillings the day before, so you don’t have lots of work on the day of the party. Let the children choose whether they want beef or chicken, and don’t forget to include some vegetarian options too. Set up the bar in a room with an easy-to-clean floor, so any potential mishaps can be cleaned up easily.
Do not fall for the myth that children don’t like to eat vegetables. Although lots of kids tend to be picky eaters, it’s the presentation that wins. Cut the various veggies into fun shapes and have plenty of great-tasting dips to add to the taste.
Your veggie platters will also help all your guests realize that healthy food is both tasty and fun. Present your platters in a creative way to reinforce the fun that comes with eating good food. For instance, broccoli can be used to make a fuzzy hair of the character, carrots can be arms or legs, or even hair, olives can be eyes, and so on.
If you feel that your little guests would enjoy fruits more than vegetables, make sure to buy plenty.
You can make various characters out of fruit as well. For instance, Minion bananas, or an owl made from whole lot of different fruit. Or try making colorful fruit kabobs. They look great and they’re a real sweet treat.
Bring the magic of children’s stories to life by giving all the kids at your next party a chance to make (and eat) their own magic wands. You will need candy coating, pretzel sticks and an assortment of colorful candy sprinkles.
Clear off your kitchen counter and have several pint glasses to hold the candy coating. Dip the pretzel sticks in candy coating, and coat with sprinkles. Alternatively, you can always let the kids coat their pretzel wands with colorful candy sprinkles on their own.
Sandwiches are a go-to snack for birthday parties. Make great bite sized sandwiches by using cookie cutters. Kids love playful shapes, so the mini sandwiches will be the spotlight of your party. Make an assortment of sandwiches to give everyone a chance to find the one they like.
For an added touch of intrigue, make homemade colored bread by adding food dye to ready-to-bake dough. Get a variety of bread for the sandwiches, as well as a number of different lunch meats, cheeses and spreads. Don’t forget some veggies as well, at least some leaf salad or cucumbers.
Complement the menu of any birthday party by adding tortilla chips and dip to the mix. Add a healthy sparkle to this idea by making your own dip. Use your creativity to make a variety available, including avocado, hummus and deviled egg dips.
For the avocado dip, use 4 avocados, a cup of cilantro, half a cup of sour cream, one-quarter cup of lime juice, a jalapeño, kosher salt, black pepper and some dashed carrots, broccoli and cauliflower. Scoop out the avocados and place them in a food processor together with the other ingredients and blend until the mixture becomes smooth.
To make a hummus dip, chuck a 15-ounce can of chickpeas, one clove garlic, one-quarter cup of olive oil, two tablespoons of lemon juice, two tablespoons of tahini, a teaspoon of ground cumin, kosher salt and a quarter-teaspoon of paprika into your food processor and turn it on. Add a tablespoon or two of water to achieve the desired consistency.
Make your deviled egg dip by stuffing your food processor with six peeled hard-boiled eggs, one-half cup of mayonnaise, a teaspoon of mustard, three-quarters of a teaspoon of salt and a quarter-teaspoon of black pepper. Turn it on. Let it run until the dip is smooth and then refrigerate it until the party begins.
Inject some more fruit into your birthday party by making apple sticks. With just a little extra effort, you can blend chocolate with delightful, crispy apples and a variety of tasty sprinkles. You can even diversify by making dipping sticks with other fruits. Start making your Apple Dipper Sticks by slicing three cored Granny Smith Apples.
Collect a quarter-cup of coconut flakes, a quarter-cup of crushed pecans, a quarter-cup of nonpareil sprinkles. Stick your chocolate in the microwave at half power for two to three minutes. Attach a skewer to the bottom of each apple slice and dip it into the chocolate. If you can’t get good coverage, use a spoon to help. Place your dipped apple slices on parchment paper and sprinkle them with sprinkles, coconut flakes, or chopped pecans. Put your dipper sticks in the fridge for at least ten minutes before serving. You can also dip whole apples if you wish to.
Cupcakes make it easy to give children equal portions while giving them more variety. Create cupcakes to match the theme of your party or find other creative ways to make fun use of icing and decorations. Use rainbow cupcakes to add a splash of color to your dessert table.
Make rainbow cupcakes by grabbing an 18.25 oz box of white cake mix, a variety of food colors, cupcake cases and optional whipped cream. To make purple cupcakes, add 9 drops of blue dye and 6 drops of the blue die. For blue, green, yellow and orange cupcakes, add 12 drops of the respective color. Add 18 drops of red food dye for read cupcakes. Divide a preparation of white cake mix into six bowls. Dye each bowl with the amount of die specified above. Get a sixteen-count muffin tray and line each space with a cupcake case. Distribute the batter evenly among all the slots and then bake according to the directions of your cake mix.
Make non-alcoholic punch. Kids always try to snag a bit of punch from parties, so having a punch on their own party will be just out of this world. Get a huge bowl and a ladle and you’ll have kids coming back throughout the party. Of course, an adult should supervise if kids pour their own punch.
To make a great punch, you’ll need two pints of fruit sorbet, four cups of fresh fruit juice and eight cups of lemon-lime soda. Sit it all together in your punch bowl. When you achieve an even consistency, dip the punch out with the ladle. For added effect, get punch glasses that match your punch bowl.
Turn your kids’ birthday party into a memorable event by providing the best-ever party snacks. You should regard the above ten ideas as a launching point. As you prepare, you’ll probably find even more ideas that will help everyone have a fun and delicious time at every party you host for young guests.