You don’t need to be a gourmet chef to prepare food for a birthday party. In fact, its the opposite! All you need to win a child over is simple and fun party food. Being creative can be easy. Kids taste with their eyes first. If the food doesn’t look appealing then good luck getting them to eat it. Try creative and decorative food. If it’s bright orange or looks like bugs they’ll probably eat it!
Some other great kids party food tips:
1) Keep the food familiar and simple. A party is not the time to try something new. Keep it familiar.
2) Creative naming is always a great way to get kids to eat. Taste is not most important, fun is what kids want, even in food. Fun names are a great way to get them interested.
3) Finger friendly food eliminates the need for utensils which helps to minimize accidents. Plus kids love to play with their food!
4) Make the food interesting. Fun shapes and colors are attractive to kids. Kids are more likely to eat when the food is appealing to their eye. Remember, appealing to THEIR eye is the key, not your eye.
Great Kids Party Food recipes to follow!
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Hotdog Worms – (Excellent to use as a kids Halloween Party Food)
Hotdog buns or hamburger buns
Condiments – Mustard, ketchup, relish
1) Cut hotdogs into thin slices and score the edges (a couple cuts per slice).
2) Boil the hotdogs. They will curl while they boil.
3) Serve the squiggly worms on buns (hamburger or hotdog buns will work) with the condiments.
If you’re throwing a Halloween party then check out these creepy, crawly, FUN Halloween Party Food Recipes!
Worm Ice Cubes (A fun and entertaining kids party food)
1) Put the gummy worms in the ice cube tray and fill with water. Be sure to have the worms spilling out of the top of the water.
2) Freeze into ice cubes.
3) When serving drinks use the worm ice cubes.
Note: You can also do this with Jell-O. Follow the same directions except use Jell-O mix instead of water and set Jell-O in refrigerator instead of freezer.
Chocolate Frozen Bananas
32 oz semi sweet chocolate
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
Sprinkles or Coconut, or peanuts (or topping of your choice)
1) Take 1 firm, ripe banana and cut 1 inch off both ends.
2) Insert the popsicle stick into the cut end, pushing the stick in halfway.
3) Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Place the bananas on the sheet pan and freeze for 1 hour.
4) Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and stir occasionally.
5) Once the banana’s are frozen take one at a time and dip it in the chocolate to coat.
6) Then roll the banana in the sprinkles or topping of your choice.
7) Return the dipped bananas to the sheet pan and freeze.
8) Once bananas and chocolate are frozen they are ready to serve.
Birthday Party Fruit Punch
1/2 part Hawaiian Punch
1/2 part Ginger Ale or 7Up
1 quart of your favorite sherbert
1) Mix the fruit punch and soda together. Then add the sherbert.
Tropical Fruit Smoothie
1 Kiwi in chunks
1/3 cup mango in chunks
1/3 mango juice
1/3 plain yogurt
Add ice cubes (around 5)
Put all the ingredients in a blender for a couple minutes and serve.
Yummy Kids Party Food Mix
12 oz package of corn and rice cereal
5 oz toasted slivered almonds
6 oz toasted walnuts
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup dark corn syrup
1-1/2 cups light brown sugar
M&Ms (how much you desire)
1) Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
2) In a bowl, mix cereal, almonds and walnuts.
3) In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and mix with the dark corn syrup and light brown sugar. Pour the mixture over the cereal and nuts mixture. Stir and shake to coat.
4) Pour the coated mixture onto a baking sheet. Cook 1 hour stirring every 15 minutes.
5) Remove from oven and break apart while warm and then let cool completely.
6) When cool add M&Ms.
Classic Rice Krispie Treats (a classic kids party food!)
1/4 cup butter
1 (10 oz., about 40) pkg. regular marshmallows or 3 cups miniature marshmallows
6 cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal
1) In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add the marshmallows and continue to stir until the marshmallows have completely melted. Remove from heat.
2) Stir in the Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal coating them well.
3) Using a buttered spatula or wax paper, press the mixture evenly into a 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan which has been buttered or sprayed with non-stick spray or lined with wax paper. Allow to cool.
4) When cool cut into squares or rectangles.
Note: If you want to add a twist to the classic Rice Krispie Treat then drizzle with melted white or brown chocolate or frost.
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup Water
Any color food coloring
8 Wooden Skewers
1) Line two baking sheet pans with aluminum foil.
2) Slide 2 grapes and 2 strawberries on a skewer, be sure to cover one end with the fruit. Repeat until you use all the fruit and skewers.
3) Combine sugar and water in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, stir with a wooden spoon.
4) Bring to a boil over medium heat, stop stirring and continue boiling until a candy thermometer reaches 250 degrees. If you don’t have a candy thermometer then drop a small portion of the sugar mixture into a bowl of ice water and if it becomes hard the sugar mixture is done. Will take about 7 minutes.
5) Remove from the heat and stir in a few drops of the food coloring. Carefully dip the skewered fruit into the sugar to cover completely. Transfer the dipped fruit to the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with the sprinkles if desired and allow to cool completely before serving.
Corn Tortillas (soft)
Cheddar, Jack or American Cheese
1) Shred or slice cheese.
2) Soften the tortillas in the microwave in the following way: layer the tortillas on a plate with a moistened paper towel between each layer, microwave for approximately 30 seconds or until tortillas are soft.
3) Place cheese on 1/2 of each tortilla and fold. Microwave until cheese is melted.
4) Open tortillas and add salsa.