5 Ideas for Children’s Party Food

I’ve organised a fair few birthday parties since having E (he’s now 6). Planning a kids birthday party requires lots of meticulous planning to the very last detail – a theme, decorations, party bags and most importantly the party food! There’s nothing wrong with a selection of mini sausage rolls and a bowl of sweets (it is a party after all), but these days it’s also about being creative with food and making them look fun. It doesn’t necessarily mean more effort though, it’s about putting a fresh spin on old favourites. From smiley-faced fruit to french fries made interesting, here are a few fun ideas to add to your child’s next party menu.

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Caterpillar fruit kebabs

These little guys are not only fun to eat, but remarkably easy to make. Caterpillar fruit kebabs are about as simple as it comes, consisting of a handful of grapes popped onto a skewer and topped with a strawberry or cherry tomato. You could even make yours friendlier with a set of icing eyes.

Displaying this cheerful bunch is the best part. You could take the easy route and lay your caterpillars on a plate or in a basket, or go a little further and wedge them into a bit of colourful Styrofoam so they sprout out like fireworks.

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Photo Credit: Little Food Junction

French fry bar

Putting together a french fry bar can be as easy or complicated as you like, as all you really need is a batch of oven fries and a selection of dipping sauces. Something like McCain’s Crispy Fries do the trick and won’t get soggy at the food table. They also go like peas in a pod with ketchup and mustard.

You could even make the french fry bar into a science experiment by adding a little food colouring to the various sauces, having the kids guess what they’re digging into.

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Yoghurt pops

We said that the other party foods were simple, but we really mean it with this one. Consider it a whole new spin on your classic pot of yoghurt. All you have to do is drop a lollipop stick through the sealed lid of a yoghurt container. Leave it in the freezer to harden, and pull each from their containers come party time. Voila – you’ve now got your very own frozen yoghurt on a stick – and kids will love trying their favourite yoghurt flavour in a whole new way.

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Photo Credit: From Scratch Club

Dirt cups

Kids who love the ick factor will go nuts for this party food, which sounds much stranger than it is. All it takes is a small bowlful of chocolate pudding for the ‘mud’. Separate into individual cups, add some Oreos to make the crust and finish a few gummy worms hiding underneath. You can really go to town with this one – and they’re sure to incite a few ‘eww’s’ from your partygoers.

Marshmallow bouquets

Kids go bananas for anything dipped in chocolate or sauces, so adding marshmallows to this list shouldn’t be a surprise. Marshmallows bouquets are simply marshmallows on skewers dipped in fun sauces like chocolate, white chocolate, Nutella or peanut butter.

If you have time to add a few cookie crumbles or sprinkles, all the better. Or if you don’t have time for decorating, why not turn it into a fun party activity? Kids will love having a go at marshmallow fondue, just make sure you’ve laid out a mat for any chocolatey drips.

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3 Comments

  1. It all looks so delicious. I love those caterpillars! I’m going to have to make them at my next party.

     
  2. Love these ideas! Especially the caterpillars!

     
  3. The caterpillar kebabs look so cute 🙂 I’ve been trying to get the kids to eat healthier, so I really love the yogurt pops.

     

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