Birthday parties and kids get-togethers give you an amazing chance to make memories for your children to treasure as they grow. Managing birthday parties can get hectic due to the management and especially when it comes to choosing the best menu. Kids are choosy, they will only eat what they like and looks good. If you are also a parent who wants to make your kid’s birthday party cheerful but in a budget, this article will be of great assistance.
Here are some tips that you should consider while preparing for a birthday party:
- Avoid using silverware and breakable plates
- Plan your party from 2 pm to 5 pm. After lunch and before dinner is the best time for a party because your guests don’t expect a full meal
- Order online. It isn’t always super cheap but you can get a vast collection of supplies to choose from and you may find discounts too
- Opt for a birthday party theme and organize games like treasure hunt so the kids can get more interested in the event
Here is the list of snack ideas for kid’s birthday parties:
1. Mini Pizzas (with customized toppings)
Kids just love pizza! Mini bite-sized pizzas are a perfect snack because kids will normally waste large pizzas but these mini ones can be handled and eaten easily without any mess. As an engaging activity, you can let the kids choose the toppings they want to use. Make sure you have all popular topping items including:
- Cheddar cheese
- Tuna (optional)
- Pineapple (optional)
- Cherry tomatoes (optional)
Since a variety of toppings will be the most work, make things easier by buying ready-made mini-pizza dough, silicone pastry brushes, a few extra pizza pans, and small plastic containers for sauce and toppings. Once the kids are done painting their own pizza, pop it into the oven for at least 15 to 20 minutes. Meanwhile, you can arrange a quick fun activity to occupy children’s attention.
2. Taco Bar
You can pre-make the tacos or have a taco bar arranged so the kids can enjoy making their own tacos. Make a list of ingredients the kids love, such as:
3. Fruit kabobs
If you think your little guests would love fruits over vegetables, make sure you buy a variety of them and make their kabobs. It is quite simple. Just cut the fruits in bite size and stack them into the kabob skewers. The more colorful it is, the more attractive it will look to the little ones. You can make various characters out of fruits as well if you have some extra time.
4. Colorful pretzel wands
Make colorful pretzel wands beforehand or let the kids customize their own according to their choice. To make them, you will need pretzel sticks, an assortment of colorful candy sprinkles, and candy coating (you can melt brown or white chocolate buttons to make coating)
To hold the candy coating, use pint glasses. Dip the pretzels in candy coating and then coat them with sprinkles. You can also let the kids do it by providing them with all the ingredients on a separate table so they can make on their own.
5. Party sandwiches
Sandwiches are a go-to snack for birthday parties. To make it more interesting, play with the sandwiches’ shape and make them look more appealing. You can make bite-sized sandwiches using cookie cutters. If you want to get more creative, you can add food dye to the ready-to-bake dough and make your own colorful bread. Use a mix of different ingredients like cheese, veggies, chicken, lunch meats, and spreads for enhanced taste and variety.
6. Tortilla chips and dips
Tortillas make an amazing combination with other food items. They are a cheap way to make snacks tastier. You can get ready-made salsa dips and pair them with tortilla chips or make your own variety of dips i.e. avocado, hummus, and deviled egg dips.
7. Chocolate fountain
If you want to entertain the kids, this must be added to your planning list. Get a chocolate fountain, it is not expensive at all. You can serve a collection of treats and snacks to dip into the fountain, for example, marshmallows, strawberries, pretzels, biscuits, etc. would be a great choice. You can put a number of kabob skewers on the table with these servings – the kids can pick their favorite item with the skewer and dip it into the chocolate dip.
8. Rainbow cupcakes
Children have a sweet tooth – the sweeter and colorful the food is, the more attention it will get. Rainbow cakes are both, sugary sweet and colorful. Also, they are easy to make. All you need is a box of white cake mix, different food colors, cupcake liners, and whipped cream (optional). Divide the cake mix into bowls and add different food colors in them. Once you are done with coloring the batter, pour it evenly into the cupcake liners and put them in a baking oven.
9. Trail mix slices
This one’s a tasty and healthy snack that the kids will surely love. To make trail mix slices you will need dried cherries, apricots, pistachios, almonds, honey, almond extract, and M&M’s. Grind the almonds in a food processor – while processing, gradually add honey and almond extract. Put the mixture in a bowl and add nuts, candies, M&M’s, and cherries. Divide the mixture in half, make big rolls of it, wrap them tightly with the foil sheet and freeze them for at least an hour or until firm.
10. Nachos chicken fries
Nachos and chicken – what a combination. These crunchy fries are kid-friendly, quick, and don’t require much hard work. All you need is strip-cut chicken breast slices, a pack or two of nachos chips, bread crumbs, eggs, salt, cayenne pepper, and parmesan cheese.
Start by setting the oven to preheat at 400°. In a shallow bowl, whisk eggs, cayenne pepper, and salt. Take another shallow bowl, mix nachos, cheese, and bread crumbs together. Once these two bowls are ready, grab strip-cut chicken breasts, dip them in the eggs mixture and then in the nachos mixture. Put the chicken fries in a foil baking sheet and wrap it well. Bake until golden brown (12 to 15 minutes).
Additional items you should have:
Every parent wants to do best for their children’s birthday parties, if you are one of those parents, you should make sure that you opt for the best snack meals and decorate the venue so your little one, his/her friends and their parents can enjoy. All 10 of the snack ideas we listed above are amazing in taste and will surely be loved by all your guests. We have also recommended products in the article – you can get them all in one place without exceeding your budget.