What are good birthday party foods?

Toni - posted on 04/03/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )




Throwing a party for our five year old. There will be kids of all ages. For sure serving pizza, sodas, and chips. What else?? This is the first one my DH has been able to throw since BM/her family had always been able to prevent him from having SK around bday time. So we are wanting to go all out to make it special. Please give advice on the food or anything else that has to do with the party that you could help on. Thank you!


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Rebekah - posted on 04/03/2013




I know people often associate parties with all kinds of sugary junk foods, but it really doesn't have to be that way. Kids like all kinds of things, so feel free to have a variety of things there for them. As a parent, I appreciate when efforts are made to have some healthy choices around too.
If you're looking for suggestions, I'd say skip the soda (its all chemicals)....or have a few if you must, but young kids can be just as happy with juice boxes or lemonade. Or make your own punch with juices, seltzer water for some fizz, and throw in some rainbow sherbet to make it special. Most kids like some kind of fruit.... just make it fun. Put fresh fruit on skewers. Or have fruit dips (marshmallow, yogurt, or cream cheese based). Or make a fruit pizza. Cheese and crackers are also kid friendly.
For my 7 year old's party, I served goldfish crackers, grapes, apple slices, cheese puffs, cake and ice cream, juice boxes and water. We had a swim party at the Y, so we didn't do a whole meal. (but I did my own custom cake... for me that was where the "specialness" came in, regarding the food...I put tons of time into it, designing it to go with the theme of a swim party. I also chose other things to go along with the theme...the goldfish crackers...Swedish fish in the goodie bags, other water-related games/activities, etc.) They did a lot of running around, so they were downing the water bottles as much as the juice. They had fun.
You know what foods are kid-friendly...hot dogs, chicken nuggets, pizza... you can even go online and find all kinds of cute food creations that you can replicate. Or if you have a theme for the party, choose food based on that. Depends on how much work you want to do. Though you know, I often see kids wasting a lot of food at parties too, so don't get too hung up on having a zillion choices, just pick ones that you know kids generally like, have a reasonable variety with a few healthy options, and just enjoy your daughter having fun.

Amy - posted on 04/03/2013




I always try to offset the junk food with healthy food like grapes, strawberries, and bottled water.

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