Have some fun at your next children’s birthday party by serving snacks that reflect the theme, allow the guests to customize them or make the event feel special. Fortunately, you do not need a major budget or a caterer to prepare delicious and different snacks for a kid’s birthday celebration. Instead, provide several simple options that allow children to pick and choose their party snacks.
Classic birthday party snacks include burgers, hot dogs, tacos, pasta, cake and ice cream. Diversify the traditional menu with cut-up vegetables, fruit kabobs, top-your-own ice cream sundaes, garden burgers or homemade snow cones with Italian soda syrup flavoring.
Party snacks should feature some healthful, non-sugar items as well as the typical sweets. Provide the makings for Scooby Doo and Shaggy-sized tall sandwiches or have them make crepes filled with berries. A fill-your-own taco bar may feature rice, beans, lettuce and cheese, as well as something surprising, such as gummy bears or sliced strawberries and toasted coconut.
Birthday party snacks do not just fill bellies, they also add to the diversion. Amp up the fun of your kid’s birthday menu by having kids make their own bowls of mud and worms, made of chopped-up chocolate cookies and gummy worms. They can build superstructures from marshmallows and toothpicks, or towers of cookies and whipped cream. Have them use chopped vegetables and toothpicks to create cars, or concoct bagel pizzas with artistic sauce and cheese patterns.
You can make the entire party center around food by planning fun cooking projects. Dipping berries and marshmallows in chocolate or caramel fondue is a classic. For something more adventurous, purchase chocolate molds in the shapes of animals, cartoon characters and other fun designs. Melt several small bowls of chocolate in different colors and have children pour chocolate in the molds and paint them with various colors and designs.
Check with parents before serving your party snacks. Some children have food allergies or diet restrictions. Make sure you have diverse birthday party treats so that every child can find something to eat.
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