7 Simple And Fun Birthday Party
Snack Ideas for Kids (and Adults)
Kids love snacks, especially at a birthday party. From sweet to savory, party snacks don't have to be complicated to look—and taste—amazing. Colorful treats, healthy "cakes," dips and more can elevate your everyday food to memorable party fare. For your next birthday party, give some of these simple party snacks a try.
1. Candied Popcorn
Popcorn is a great treat. It's full of fiber and low in calories (until you add the toppings!), so it's hard to go wrong with popcorn. While there's nothing wrong with buttered popcorn, or perhaps some cheese, for your party take it up to the next level with candied popcorn. Simply melt some candy melts or white chocolate, stir in some boxed cake mix, and pour it on top of plain popcorn (microwave or air-popped). Add some sprinkles, and you've got a party in a bowl! This delicious treat is addictive, and your guests will be asking for more.
Since candy melts come in many colors, it's easy to have your popcorn match your party theme. You can also experiment with different flavors: drizzle milk chocolate and caramel on top of popcorn, or toss your popcorn in crushed candy or cookie pieces before the chocolate or candy sets. Serve it in a large bowl, or portion it out into single-serve cups for guests to enjoy.
2. Fun Veggie Platters
Veggie platters are always a hit at parties, offering a healthy alternative to sweets. Have fun with the presentation by using your produce to create a display to match your party theme. By making your veggie platter attractive, kids are often willing to give a new food a chance.
Don't worry about having fancy knife skills to make an attractive display. You can use the natural shape of the vegetables to create fun effects. Broccoli and cauliflower can make a fuzzy monster, bushy eyebrows, or curly hair, while colorful rounds of sweet pepper make beautiful flowers. Celery and carrot sticks provide nice straight lines, while snap peas can be used to make arcs and leaves. From faces to animals to a colorful garden, the possibilities are endless. Cups of dip can be used for eyes (float an olive as a pupil), or heads (use veggies to create a face). Kids love to get in on the action, so encourage them to play with their food and make their own creations!
3. Fruit Pizza and Fruit Cake
Colorful fruits also make fun fruit platters, or you can serve the fruit as a pizza. Press refrigerated sugar cookie dough onto a pizza pan to create the crust, and bake it until it is golden brown. Once completely cool, spread cream cheese frosting over the crust. Top with the fruits of your choice, slice, and serve. You could also make individual pizzas ahead of the party and let the guests decorate their own.
In place of a traditional cake, consider serving a fruit cake—that is, a cake made from fruit! Cut shapes out of fruits like apples, pineapples, watermelon, cantaloupe, and more using small cookie cutters. Using a watermelon (peeled, but not sliced) as the base, use toothpicks and skewers to secure other fruits to the "cake" for decoration. This is a great alternative to heavy cake for summer birthdays, or for those with dietary restrictions.
4. Bite-sized Tacos
For a hot treat, bite-sized tacos are a crowd-pleaser. Children and adults alike will enjoy these fun treats. Taco meat can be made in advance and heated in the microwave or kept warm on a hot plate or in a crockpot. Using scoop-shaped tortilla chips, guests can take a spoonful of hot taco meat, a pinch of cheese, chopped tomato, sour cream, and sliced jalapeño.
If you prefer, you can make several trays of these in advance by filling chips with meat and cheese and baking them in the oven for several minutes to melt the cheese. These can be topped with a variety of taco toppings or served as-is.
5. Dipped Pretzels
Chocolate and pretzels perfectly blend sweet and savory for a delicious and easy party snack. Simply melt chocolate chips with a little vegetable oil or shortening and dip your pretzels in. While the chocolate is still wet, roll your pretzel in sprinkles for some fun color! Place on parchment and allow the chocolate to harden before serving.
For this fun treat, you can also use candy melts. With a large variety of colors, you can make dipped pretzels to match any theme. Roll in sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, colored sugar, or butterscotch chips. Once the coating has dried, you can drizzle the pretzels with a different color candy melt for a fun effect.
6. Party Sandwiches
For a heartier snack, small party sandwiches can be made in a variety of shapes and flavors to match any party. For a kid-favorite, PB&J, make the sandwiches as usual and then use cookie cutters to cut them into fun shapes. You can use pretzels, chocolate chips, or small candies to make faces or designs on the sandwiches.
Fun designs can also be cut out of refrigerated crescent roll dough. Roll the dough out flat and cut out two of each design. On top of one, place your meat, filling, and shredded cheese. Top with the other piece of dough, seal the edges and bake. These cheesy sandwiches are great served hot or cold.
A super fun twist (with a little more effort) is to use dyed bread to make your sandwiches. Add a couple drops of food coloring to thawed frozen bread dough, knead well, and then bake according to the package instructions. You can make rainbows, swirls, or solid-colored bread, for truly spectacular sandwiches that kids will love.
7. Tortilla Chips and Dip
The classics are classic for a reason—they are time-tested crowd favorites. Tortilla chips, with their mild flavor, lend themselves nicely to a variety of dips that are quick and easy to put together. Choose just one dip or make a variety and have a fiesta.
Queso dip, a mixture of Velveeta and Ro-Tel diced tomatoes and chilies, is quick to mix up in the microwave and easy to serve. Simply heat until the cheese is melted, stir, and it's ready to go.
For a heartier dip, consider a 7-layer dip made from refried beans, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, lettuce, cheese, olives, and tomatoes. Layer ingredients in a glass serving dish for a colorful addition to your party table.
Another fun layered dip is taco dip. Made from cream cheese, tomatoes, onions, peppers, taco sauce and cheese, this dip is baked in the oven until it's hot and bubbly, perfect for colder weather parties.
Having a variety of snacks at your party ensures that everyone goes home happy. With a number of quick, easy, and colorful treats to try, your next party is sure to be a hit.