Kids Birthday Party Food Ideas
One of the best things about planning the food assortment for a kids birthday party is that it’s the perfect place to trim on your party budget if need be. With a child’s birthday party, there are a select few foods that the kids love to enjoy, presentation does not have to be extravagant or fancy, and buying in bulk is an awesome option that saves lots of money.
For a kids birthday party, there are two typically simple food groups to focus on for the little ones—pizza and hot dogs. This is a long-time favorite and it’s a super easy menu to put together. Hot dogs are a wonderful choice because they are available to purchase in bulk and they come in meat, vegan, and kosher options alike (just in case any of your guests have a food allergy). They also come in miniature size, or as corn dogs even! A great way to make this fun and to the children’s liking is to set up a hot dog bar, in which the kids can layer on their favorite toppings! For pizza as the main dish, you have a couple of options here, too. Ordering in several pizzas is affordable and can take the stress off you to cook—and clean-up is a breeze! This gives you more time to have fun with the kids at the birthday party. If you opt not to have delivery pizza, then making it yourself offers lots of choices as well. Regular size pizza pies, miniature pizza bagels, and bite-sized pizza pockets are all beloved choices by the kids, and super easy to buy in bulk.
If you are having finger food type of food, there are some great options that you could try making them at home. You could make mini pizzas, little sausage bread, or to make it more simple just serve cocktail sausages.
For side snacks, bowls of trail mix, chips, and pretzels make for great grab and go food. Other easy-to-eat bits are mini peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and veggie ranch cups. Make the mini peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as you would a normal sandwich and then cut it into four squares or triangles. For healthier option, you could have fruit mix but to make it more exciting and fun, you can use cutters to create a shape of choice. Best fruits to use are watermelon and melons. Melons come in different colors so it would make the fruit mix very colorful. Veggie ranch cups are a wonderful little snack, with ranch put into the bottom of a Dixie-sized cup and carrots and celery put in it. It’s a non-messy way for nutrition and scrumptiousness!
Cake is obviously your main source of delectable dessert for a kids birthday party, but other treats are a good idea to do as well. Ice cream stations are an awesome treat for the kids, and they have a really fun time doing it! This is similar to a hot dog bar, but with ice cream. The kids get the chance to put all different kinds of their favorite toppings onto their ice cream, and as an extra plus, this is an activity in itself!
We can’t forget the beverages for the party, either. Having plenty of water around is a given, but what about fun drinks? Punch is always a great choice because you can make large batches at once for all your little guests. Kool-aid mixes of non-staining colors like yellows and greens are yummy and give the kids more freedom to run around with them. Another popular option is individually packaged boxes of drinks, such as Capri Sun pouches or any juice boxes really. These are available to buy in bulk and offer a solution to no clean up!
Now that you have your food assortment listed and ready to go, adding a colorful and creative spin on it all is the final touch. This is where you get to take the theme of the birthday party and run with it! Serving trays and accessories can of course be a starting point to put the party’s theme into the food, but incorporating it into the food itself is the fun part. Make a large pizza into a cartoon Angry Bird using the pizza toppings, or put eyes made of cheese whiz on your hot dogs with toothpicks for little legs. Choose pink ice cream for the girls and Ninja Turtle shapes for the pretzels. Other accessories like decorative toothpicks and sugar figurines are also available to incorporate personality that the kids will love into the party food.