22 Unique Kids Party Foods Ideas To Make It Memorable

Most children love parties for two reasons – games and food. Hence, you need to cater to their tastebuds with some unique and easy kids’ party foods ideas to make it memorable.

Since children tend to love foods loaded with sugar and preservatives, the real challenge is finding recipes that appeal to their tastes and are good for them. These recipes cater to these requirements by being tasty and healthy at the same time. They will surely make your children’s party a success, and you’ll soon find many parents asking you to share the recipes with them.

So dive in for some delicious and healthy recipes for your child’s next party.

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22 Healthy Kids’ Party Food Ideas

At MomJunction, we understand the importance of healthy food for children. Here is a list of easy party food recipes, including kids party food ideas on a budget, that you can use when catering to guests aged less than 12.

Snacks For Girls’ And Boys’ Birthday Party

Kids don’t think about mashed potatoes or pot roast when they are at a party. But snacks and finger foods, yes, please! You can try these kids’ birthday party food ideas.

1. Sticky Caramel Popcorn

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Everyone likes popcorn, and it’s also a satisfying and high-fiber snack. But kids love caramel popcorn the most. Here is how you can make it for a party.

You will need:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 5 quarts popped corn
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

How to make:

  1. Put the popcorn in a large bowl.
  2. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Melt butter in a saucepan and stir in the brown sugar, salt, and corn syrup. Let the mixture come to a boil, while you stir it. Let it boil for another four minutes, without stirring.
  4. Take it off heat and stir in the vanilla essence and baking soda. Pour this caramel liquid over the popcorn, in thin sheets.
  5. Pour the caramelizediXTo cook a meal gently till it becomes nutty, sweet, and brown. popcorn in two large baking casseroles and bake for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  6. Let it cool, break it into pieces, and serve!

Preparation time: 30 Min
Cooking time: One and a half hours
Servings: 20

protip_icon Quick tip
If you do not have popcorn, make it quickly by popping some corn kernels in a stovetop popcorn maker, microwave, or air popper.

2. Cheese Straws

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One of the simplest appetizersiXA food or beverage that increases the appetite and is typically served before a meal. for a kid’s party, cheese straws are a hit at parties and taste yummy with mustard or mint dip.

You will need:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup soft butter
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper powder
  • Salt to taste

How to make:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a bowl, add the flour and salt, and stir.
  3. Add the butter and cheese, and mix it using your fingers. Mix it until you get a fine, breadcrumb-like texture with no lumps.
  4. Add five tablespoons of cold water to form a soft, fine dough. Take a baking sheet and roll out the dough on it. The dough should be no thicker than a dollar coin.
  5. Cut the square in half and cut out strips from each square. The strips should be around one and a half-inch wide.
  6. Bake in the preheatediXHeating an oven to a specific temperature before cooking food in it. oven for 15 minutes, or until the sticks become crisp.
  7. Let them cool before you serve.

Preparation time: 15 Min
Cooking time: 15 Min
Servings: 36 sticks

3. Choco-Fruity Cones

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Chocolate is a kid’s favorite. So how about mixing it with fruits and presenting it in ice-cream cones? It is an appealing and healthy choice for a party dessert.

You will need:

  • 4 waffle cones
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 75 gm dark chocolate
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup sprinkles
  • 1 bowl of fruits (grapes, mango, strawberries, blueberries, pomegranate)

How to make:

  1. Place a pan on low heat and let it get warm.
  2. Melt the chocolate in the pan, and add coconut oil simultaneously.
  3. Let the coconut oil and chocolate melt over low heat until they come to a liquid consistency. Stir continuously to ensure that it doesn’t burn.
  4. Pour the melted ingredients into a large and deep bowl.
  5. Once the chocolate-coconut oil mix has cooled, dip each of the waffle cones in it.
  6. Put sprinkles on the chocolate-coated area and fill each cone with fruits of your choice.
  7. Serve immediately.

Preparation time: 10min
Cooking time: 2min
Servings: 4

4. Pizza Biscuits

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Pizza Biscuits are cheesy appetizers and healthy too. Here is how you can make them at home.

You will need:

  • One pack of refrigerated flaky biscuits (12 oz.)
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • ¾ cup pizza sauce
  • 80 pepperoni slices (3.5 oz)

How to make:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees FahrenheitiXA temperature scale on which water freezes at 32°F and boils at 212°F. .
  2. Separate the flaky biscuits into four layers, and place each layer on a greased cookie sheet.
  3. Spread one teaspoon of pizza sauce on each layer of the biscuit.
  4. Top the sauce with two teaspoons of grated mozzarella cheese and two slices of pepperoni.
  5. Bake for seven to nine minutes in the oven.
  6. Serve warm.

Preparation time: 30 Min
Cooking time: 20 Min
Servings: 40

protip_icon Quick tip
You may replace pepperoni with thinly sliced, fried mushrooms or onions to make this dish’s vegetarian version.

5. Smoked Salmon With Cucumber and Cheese

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When your children love seafood, smoked salmon can be a very good idea. It’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids and great for children’s health. Here is how to make a smoked salmon appetizer for a children’s party.

You will need:

  • 4 oz smoked salmon, cut into 2-inch long strips
  • 1 1/3 cucumbers
  • 4 oz softened cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
  • 24 dill sprigs
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder

How to make:

  1. Trim the ends of the cucumber and cut it into three-fourth inch thick rounds.
  2. Scoop up half an inch of the depression from one side of each round using a melon-baller, and make them into small cups.
  3. Place these cups upside-down to drain the cucumbers and dab the hollow part of the cup with a paper towel.
  4. In a container, beat the lemon juice, zest, and cream cheese mixture. Add black pepper and beat again.
  5. Fill the drained cucumber cups with a spoonful of this cream mixture.
  6. Top it with a piece of salmon and a dill sprig.
  7. Healthy salmon bites are ready to be served.

Preparation time: 40 Min
Cooking time: 40 Min
Servings: 12

6. Chicken skewers

Chicken skewers

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Chicken skewers are a great way of incorporating healthy protein into the party menu and this delicious skewer will leave your children wanting more and more. Here is how you make it.

You Will Need:

  • 4 cups warm water
  • ¼ cup salt
  • 3 cloves garlic (cracked)
  • 32oz chicken tenders
  • 3tbsp olive oil
  • 10-12 wooden skewers
  • Salt and pepper (as per taste)

For the peanut butter sauce:

  • ¼ cup peanut, almond, or sunflower butter
  • 2-3tbsp water
  • 1tbsp soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 1tbsp honey
  • 2tsp lime juice

How To:

  1. Brine the chicken by dissolving salts, water, and garlic; soak the chicken in the mixture for 30-60 minutes. Cover and refrigerate.
  2. Drain and pat dry the chicken. Coat with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. Cut chicken tenders in half or leave them whole. Thread two to three pieces onto each wooden skewer.
  4. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the temperature reaches 170 degrees.
  5. Remove from the oven, let cool for 10 minutes before serving.
  6. While cooling, mix peanut butter dipping sauce. Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.

Preparation time: 20mins
Cooking time: 30mins
Servings: 6

Lunch Ideas For Kids’ Party

Planning a lunch party for your children? Then you’ll need more than just popcorn or cheese sticks. Here are some easy-to-make foods for a kids’ lunch party.

7. Mini Sausage Rolls

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Mini sausage rolls are healthy and mess-free too, which makes them perfect for a kids’ lunch party. If you have a lot of guests, you can make and freeze the uncooked rolls before the party.

You will need:

  • One pack of sausages or sausage meat (400 grams)
  • One pack of ready-rolled puff pastry (375 grams)
  • One egg, beaten
  • ½ small garlic clove, crushed
  • A handful of chopped parsley
  • Salt to taste
  • Water

How to make:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Add the crushed garlic and chopped parsley to 50ml water.
  3. In a food processor, add the sausage meat (if you are using sausages, peel them first) and the garlic water. Blend on high speed to make the sausage mix.
  4. You can season the mix with pepper if you’d like.
  5. On a cutting board, unroll the pastry rolls and cut them vertically in half.
  6. Spread the sausage mix on the pastry rolls, leaving 1cm space on the edge of the roll before spreading the mix.
  7. Roll them tightly and brush the edge with the beaten egg to secure the roll.
  8. Cut the roll into ten small pieces of 2.5cm long. You can keep the rolls longer for the older kids.
  9. Brush the rolls with the beaten egg and place them on a greased baking sheet.
  10. Bake for around 25-35 minutes or until they turn a crispy brown.
  11. Serve them warm.

Preparation time: 20 Min
Cooking time: 30 Min
Servings: 20

8. Party Pies

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Party pies are small pies with a healthy veggie and beef filling. These are filling and like sausage rolls, are mess-free.

You will need:

  • 300 grams lean beef mix
  • ¾ cup low-sodium beef stock
  • ½ peeled and finely chopped brown onion
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and grated
  • 2 teaspoons cooking oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 5 frozen shortcrust pastry sheets, partially thawediXTo transform from a frozen condition to a liquid state.

How to make:

  1. In a frying pan, add the oil and onions and cook over medium heat for three minutes, or until the onions are cooked and soft.
  2. Add the carrot and garlic, and let them cook for two minutes until the carrot is softened. Add the minced beef and stir cook it for six minutes, or until it turns brown.
  3. To this, add the flour and the tomato paste and stir again. Add the Worcestershire sauce, thyme, and the stock beef and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat and let this cook on low heat for another six minutes, stirring in between. Let it cool.
  4. Cut 24 rounds from the pastry sheets, using a 6.5cm cutter.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a muffin tin or pie tin with grease and line a round in each case, such that it is in the shape of the muffin hole.
  6. Add one spoonful of the pie mix on top of each round. Top the mince mix with another round from the pastry sheet. Press the edges of the pastry sheets to secure the pie.
  7. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until the pies turn a golden brown. Swap the sides of the tray halfway through the timer.
  8. Serve the pies with tomato sauce.

Preparation time: 15 Min
Cooking time: 45 Min
Servings: 24

Sweets And Desserts For Kids Party

No kids party is complete without sweets and desserts. You may have cake if it is a birthday party. But if it is not, here are some delicious desserts you can serve.

9. Honey Joys

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Dipped in honey, this sweet treat is heavenly and healthy too! It can make a great add-on to your children’s birthday party food.

You will need:

  • 4 cups sugar-free cornflakes
  • 90 grams margarine or butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/3 cup sugar

How to make:

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Melt the butter or margarine in a pan and stir in sugar and honey. Let it boil into a frothy mixture. Let it cool.
  3. Add the cornflakes to the sugar-honey syrup and mix it well.
  4. Put a spoonful of the cornflake mix into cupcake liners and bake for ten minutes.
  5. Let them cool and serve.

Preparation time: 10 Min
Cooking time: 10 Min
Servings: 24

10. Mini Pancakes

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Kids love eating pancakes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. So why not give them some at a party? Here is the recipe for party-sized pancakes with chocolate chips.

You will need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ tablespoon salt
  • ½ cup small chocolate chips

How to make:

  1. Sift flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder in a bowl. In another bowl, beat the eggs and milk to mix them completely.
  2. Pour the melted, cooled, butter into the flour mix and stir in the milk and egg mix. Whisk it thoroughly to make a smooth batter.
  3. Fold the chocolate chips into this batter.
  4. Heat a non-stick skillet and pour over one-third cup of the pancake batter on it. Cover it with a lid and let it cook for around three minutes. Flip it and let it cook for another two minutes. The pancake is ready if it is brown on both sides.

Preparation time: 10 Min
Cooking time: 20 Min
Servings: 4

protip_icon Point to consider
You may add unsweetened cocoa powder to the flour mix to intensify the pancake’s chocolate flavor.

11. Birthday Biscuits

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Birthday cake is the norm. But birthday biscuits are exceptionally yummy!

You will need:

  • 250 grams flour
  • 86 grams refined castor sugar
  • 175 grams unsalted butter, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons lemon curd
  • 250 grams white icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon strawberry conserve

How to make:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350oFahrenheit.
  2. Blend flour, butter, and sugar in a food processor. Blend it into a thick doughy-ball.
  3. On a large baking parchment, spread the dough into a sheet that is one-third inch thick.
  4. Use a 5cm round to cut 24 rounds from the sheet. Make holes in the center using a knife, to resemble doughnuts. Remove the residue dough from the sides and move the rounds onto a baking sheet.
  5. Bake the biscuits for ten minutes, or until they turn golden brown.
  6. Let them cool while you make the icing.
  7. In a bowl, add the lemon curd and two tablespoons of boiling water. Whip it to form a creamy mixture. Sieve in two-third of the sugar to make the cream smooth.
  8. Add the strawberry conserve and sieve in the remaining sugar. Add two tablespoons of boiling water and mix well.
  9. Top the cooled biscuits with the lemon icing and let it sit for 20 minutes.

Preparation time: 30 Min
Cooking time: 10 Min
Servings: 24

12. Frosted Carrot Squares

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This is a healthy sweet treat you can make with the help of your kids.

You will need:

  • 200 grams peeled carrots
  • 200 grams self-raising flour
  • 175 grams brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Orange zest, from one orange
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 150ml sunflower oil

For the icing:

  • 75 grams icing sugar
  • 200 grams soft cheese
  • 50 grams softened butter

How to make:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350oF.
  2. Grate the carrots into a bowl. Sift the flour, salt, sugar, and baking soda on the carrot. Add the orange zest and mix them all.
  3. Beat the eggs and add them to the flour mix. Add the oil and whisk it into a smooth batter.
  4. Line up a baking dish with an 18cm baking parchment. Scoop the batter into the baking tray and level it with a spoon.
  5. Let it bake for 30 minutes.
  6. For the icing, mix the icing sugar, butter, and soft cheese into a creamy mixture.
  7. Once the carrot cake is cooled, cut it into squares and top it with the frosting.

Preparation time: 30 Min
Cooking time: 30 Min
Servings: 60-12

Fruit Treats For Kids’ Party

Don’t have a lot of time to cook something big for the kids’ party? Try these simple, yet healthy, fruit treats.

13. Watermelon Sticks

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Watermelon is rich in vitamin A and C and has no cholesterol, sodium, or saturated fat. What can be a better snack than a finely carved slice of watermelon?

You will need:

  • One big watermelon

How to:

  1. Cut the watermelon horizontally.
  2. Take one-half and place it upside-down on a clean cutting boarding.
  3. Take a big knife and cut the watermelon vertically, into one or two inch wide slices.
  4. Holding the cut melon in place, continue slicing the fruit horizontally now.
  5. You have fresh watermelon sticks, ready to be served.

Preparation time: 10 Min
Servings: 10

protip_icon Did you know?
Watermelon is rich in iron and it contains 40% more lycopene than raw tomatoes (1).

14. Grape Caterpillars

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While fruits are healthy and make good snacks, your kids won’t be excited to eat them at a party. But what if you can make the fruit a little interesting?

You will need:

  • 27 green grapes (seedless)
  • 27 red grapes (seedless)
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla frosting

How to make:

  1. Wash the grapes thoroughly. Thread six grapes tightly onto a skewer. Make as many grape skewers as you want that way using the red and green grapes.
  2. Use the frosting in a small pipe bag and add two small dots on the top grape, for eyes.

Now, what kid would want to pop a grape when he has a whole grape-caterpillar to devour!

Preparation time: 5 Min
Servings: 12

Kids’ Party Food Buffet Ideas

When you are throwing a party for the older kids, a buffet can be a good idea. All you need to do is find the right kind of food that the kids can help themselves to without creating a mess. So here is the list.

15. Guacamole

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One of the first things you should have with a buffet spread is a dip. Guacamole is a healthy dip made with fresh avocados, tomatoes, and onions. You can serve it with nachos, chips, or tortillas.

You will need:

  • 3 fresh avocados
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 2 plum tomatoes, diced
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper powder
  • Salt to taste

How to make:

  1. Peel and pit the avocados before dicing them. You may want to save this until after you have the other ingredients ready, for avocados oxidize quickly and turn black in no time.
  2. In a medium bowl, mash the avocados, salt, and lime juice.
  3. Add the onion, tomatoes, garlic, and cilantro. Add the cayenne pepper and mix once.
  4. Refrigerate it for an hour before serving, for the best flavor.
  5. Serve with nachos, tacos, or chips.

Preparation time: 10 Min
Servings: 4

16. Hummus

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Hummus is a protein-rich dip that you can have as a part of your buffet spread. Here is an easy recipe to make this Middle Eastern dish.

You will need:

  • 1 can Garbanzo beans (15 oz)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Salt to taste

How to make:

  1. Blend the garbanzo beans (without the reserved liquid) along with all the other ingredients in a food processor. Mix it until it becomes a smooth paste.
  2. Add the reserved liquid from the tin to the blender and mix it again until you get the desired consistency.

Serve it with warm pita bread.

Preparation time: 5 Min
Servings: 4

You could go for a Middle Eastern themed buffet with hummus, pita bread, chips, nachos, and guacamole on the menu for kids’ birthday parties. Add to it the grape caterpillars, mini pancakes, and birthday biscuits and the party is all set!

protip_icon Quick tip
Blend chickpeas with crumbled feta cheese, baby spinach, lemon juice, and cinnamon to make Greek-style hummus.

Kids Theme Party Foods

Theme parties are a fad today. Here are some ideas for children’s theme parties.

Chocolate Theme Foods

Kids love chocolate. Heck, adults love chocolate. So why not throw a chocolate-themed party with these foods on the table.

17. Chocolate Crackles

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Chocolate crackles are the ultimate children’s party food. And, they are so easy to make.

You will need:

  • 200 grams dark chocolate
  • 100 grams puffed rice or cereal
  • 100 grams unsalted butter
  • 5 tablespoons golden syrup (cane syrup made from evaporated sugar cane juice)

How to make:

  1. Boil a pan of water and place a bowl on top of it. Add the butter and chocolate in the bowl and stir it until it melts.
  2. Remove the pan from heat and add in the puffed rice or cereal, and the golden syrup. Mix it well.
  3. Pour spoonfuls of the mix into muffin or cupcake liners and refrigerate for an hour.
  4. Remove and let them come back to room temperature, before storing in an airtight container.

Preparation time: 5 Min
Cooking time: 10 Min
Servings: 12

18. Chocolate candied almonds

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Fruits and nuts are healthy snacks. Here is how you can add some flavor to make almonds a tasty snack for the toddler birthday party.

You will need:

  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 12 oz milk chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, powdered
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

How to make:

  1. Spray a baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a pot, bring granulated sugar, water, and corn syrup to a boil. Let it boil for two minutes.
  3. Reduce it to low flame and stir in the almonds. Cook for about five minutes, until the syrup caramelizes.
  4. Remove the pan from heat and stir in the butter. Pour the nuts into the baking pan.
  5. Spray two forks with cooking spray and use them to separate the nuts. Let them cool and put them in the freezer for half an hour.
  6. Boil half a pan of water and take it off heat. Put the chocolate in a bowl and place it on top of the pan. Stir the chocolate until it melts.
  7. Place the frozen nuts in a bowl and pour some melted chocolate over them. Mix the nuts for proper coating and put them back in the baking pan and separate them as you did before.
  8. Put the pan in the freezer for another 20 minutes. Repeat step 7 to coat the almond one more time with the remaining melted chocolate.
  9.  Divide the nuts between two bowls, sift cocoa powder into one and powdered sugar into the other and store them in separate airtight containers.

Preparation time: 1 hour
Cooking and freezing time: 1 hour
Servings: 6 cups

Princess Theme Food

Pink is the color of food for a princess themed party. Here is what you can do for your little girl’s birthday.

19. Cookies With Pink Icing

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When you are throwing a party for your little girl, whether she’s six or sixteen, she’ll love these pink frosted cookies.

You will need:

  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Readymade strawberry frosting

How to make:

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit or 175 degrees Celsius.
  2. Sift the flour, salt, and baking powder. Set it aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the butter and sugar to make cream. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix it well.
  4. Stir in the vanilla extract and milk to this mixture.
  5. Stir the flour mixture into the cream and blend it into a fine mix, without lumps.
  6. Grease a cookie sheet and drop spoonfuls of this dough for the cookies.
  7. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes and allow them to cool.
  8. Top the cookies with the pink icing and serve.

Preparation time: 15 Min
Cooking time: 10 Min
Servings: 24

20. Pink Smoothie

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This smoothie is a healthy beverage you can serve to your princess and her friendly-subjects at the party!

You will need:

  • 2 pears, cored and halved
  • 2 apples, cored and quartered
  • ¾ cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar

How to make:

  1. Blend in all the ingredients until you get a frothy beverage.
  2. Serve cold.

Preparation time: 5 Min
Servings: 4

Pirate Party Foods

You can also think of a few sea-inspired pirate party food for kids on a special day celebrations.

21. Jelly Cups

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Create snake or shark-infested jello cups with this easy party food recipe.

You will need:

  • 2 packs of blue jello
  • Shark and snake-shaped gummies

How to make:

  1. Prepare the jelly as per the instructions.
  2. Fill half a clear cup with the blue jello and add two gummy sharks to it.
  3. Fill a smaller clear cup to a little less than the brim with the blue jello. Insert a gummy snake such that half of it is outside the cup and the rest is dipped in the jelly.
  4.  Place the cups in the refrigerator until the ‘jelly’ is ready.

Preparation time: 15 Min
Servings: 6 to 10 cups

22. Watermelon Pirate Ship

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How can a pirate-themed party be complete without the Jolly Roger? Here’s a recipe for our version of the pirate ship, a healthy one!

You will need:

  • One large watermelon
  • Melon-baller
  • One carving knife

How to make:

  1. Cut a thin strip of the watermelon and place it face-down on the table. This will keep the fruit stable.
  2. Draw a line one inch down from the top. Use a large carving knife to cut the fruit along the line. Make sure it is even.
  3. Draw a vertical line down, one and a half inches from the top edge of the watermelon. Draw another line parallel to that, around three inches away. Join the lines to form a rectangle and carve it out with a knife.
  4. Use the melon baller to remove the fruit out.
  5. Push a thick skewer into the fruit’s bowstring and pull it out from the other end, for the bowsprit. You can use the rings to cut out sails and use skewers to hold them in place.
  6. Fill the hollow of the watermelon ship with the melon balls, grapes, and cherries.
  7. Put it on the snack table and let the kids help themselves to a healthy pirate loot!

Preparation time: 60 Min
Servings: 10

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are there any child-friendly dip ideas that can be served with fruits and veggies?

Including dips can attract and encourage children to try out fruits and vegetables. Some tasty dips that can be served with fruits and vegetables include natural peanut butter or sunflower butter, hummus, greek yogurt dip, and avocado dip.

2. Can you recommend drinks other than soda suitable for children’s parties?

Refreshments and beverages that use whole fruits and vegetables, such as smoothies, slushies, fruit lemonades, milkshakes, and mocktails, are great alternatives to soda that are suitable for children’s parties.

3. Are there any options for gluten-free or vegan treats that would be appropriate for children’s parties?

Providing vegan choices for children with preferences or children with allergies is a great way to accommodate and include those children in the party. Some vegan treats that would be appropriate for children as party snacks include almond truffles, honey or chocolate bubble cake, peanut butter cookies, chickpea puffs, pretzel nuggets, and lemon ripple bars.

4. How can I make an ordinary sandwich more exciting for children at a party?

Making non-classic sandwiches with tasty and flavorsome fillings may offer a good surprise with every bite. Presenting different fillings and letting the children make their sandwiches as per their interest can also be a fun party activity. Another exciting option is to present sandwiches made in different shapes, such as that of animals, birds, or flowers.

5. Are there any unique and creative ideas for serving vegetables at children’s parties?

Presenting fruits and vegetables creatively, such as cutting them into different shapes, using different colors, making designs and patterns, and plating them on themed crockery, can make it look more attractive and vibrant.

6. How can you add a theme to the party food to make it even more fun?

You can transform your children’s party into fun and fascinating by incorporating and using different foods to set a theme. Appropriate food decorations can be used depending on the age of the children, their food preferences, and the weather. For example, for a pirate-themed party, using fruit sword skewers, chocolate-covered cannon cake shots, and boat or pirate-shaped cookies and cupcakes would make it more fun.

7. How can you incorporate seasonal ingredients into children’s party food to make it more exciting?

Be it winter, summer, spring, Christmas, Halloween, or a simple birthday party, using seasonal ingredients and recipes can be a healthy and meaningful option. Tropical fruit salad, pumpkin and apple muffins, carrot slaw, and vegetable flan could be great additions to the party.

Tasty food is the heart of any party. The kids’ party foods ideas mentioned here could be a big hit as they are healthy besides being delectable. We have listed various snack options such as caramel popcorn, fruity choco cones, or pizza biscuits. Mini sausage rolls and party pies are great for lunch. Honey joys, mini pancakes, and frosted carrot squares make finger-licking desserts. So include the ones you loved the most at your next party and have a blast.

Infographic: Healthy Party Food Ideas For Children

The key to offering healthy food options at a children’s party is to prioritize fresh, whole foods and avoid processed snacks and sugary drinks. This infographic provides a list of potential snack ideas for the party menu. Take a look at it and share it with others who may be planning a healthy party for kids.

party food ideas for children (infographic)

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Let’s add a magical touch to your party with these simple party food ideas. From cupcakes to bite-sized pizzas, we’ve got everything you need to make the event truly unforgettable.

Key Takeaways

  • Healthy, unique, and tasty food can make kids’ parties fun and memorable.
  • Some birthday party treats that are hard to resist include popcorn loaded with caramel, waffle cones filled with a combination of fruits and chocolate, and smoked salmon with cucumber and cheese.
  • Cheesy strings and pizza biscuits make ideal appetizers, while mini sausage rolls and party pies are easy-to-make and mess-free lunchtime treats.
  • Some unique and tasty treats that reflect the respective theme of the party include watermelon ship, cookies with pink icing, and chocolate crackles.
  • Honey joys, mini pancakes, and frosted carrot squares can be ideal for children with a sweet tooth.


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