Party Food

Perfect Birthday Party Food

Birthday party food does not need to be elaborate, just kid friendly, and in some case, such as for toddlers, age appropriate.  Sure-fire wins in most every age group are pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers, and tacos.  Now the theme of your party will play a role on what foods you may serve but does not need to dictate it.  For a Hawaiian luau theme, you may choose to serve traditional Hawaiian foods, however you could get by having Hawaiian pizza (Canadian bacon and pineapple) as a dish.

Sure, not everyone is going to want to dive into it necessarily, but it sets the base allowing you also to throw in a few cheese or pepperoni pizzas.  They will remember the Hawaiian pizza offered for sure which saves the theme.  I personally love Canadian bacon and pineapple pizza.  Vegetable trays can be good as long as they are served with dip and fresh fruits are always great.  If you go with hotdogs, make sure to have all the trimmings; throw in a few bags of chips and you are good to go.  Be careful of the mini sandwiches, although they are cute, after 10 minutes in the air, they start to be dried out, and kids will turn their noses up to them.

Unless you are able to keep them fresh and soft, I would rethink that choice.  Chicken wings, pizza rolls, mini corndogs, chicken fingers, meatballs, and little sausages also make great snack type foods.  Yes, children are going to want to eat, they are creatures of habit.  It does not necessarily mean they are hungry, but if it is out there, they are going to eat it.  Will they recall fully what all they ate, more then likely not.  They will not be as concerned about the food as they will be about the action.

So do not stress too much over preparing a reward-winning feast, they would be just as thrilled with a bag of chips and dip.  In addition, remember, there is still the cake and ice cream.

Depending on the children’s ages at the party and your childs’ wishes, you may choose to do cupcakes and save the birthday cake for a family birthday dinner.  Cupcakes are quicker and easier to serve and more times then not will be fully eaten.  Cupcakes are much easier for children especially under the age of six.  When it comes to the ice cream, stick to the basics, chocolate and vanilla.  It will save many headaches in trying to figure out who wants what.

Remember, a happy host makes for happy children.


  • Bugs on a Log: Cut celery into 6” lengths and spread with peanut butter. Put raisins (“bugs”) along the length of the celery in an uneven pattern.  Or you can have the children add their own “bugs.”
  • Pigs in a Blanket: Ingredients include hot dogs, cheese, refrigerator croissants. Cut the hot dogs lengthwise and cut the cheese into strips. Unroll the croissants and stuff them with hot dogs and cheese. Roll the croissants back up and bake as directed.
  • Jell-O Jigglers: purchase several packages of your child’s favorite jello flavor. Follow the directions on the package to make the popular Jello Jigglers. To make these treats more fun to eat, use cookie cutters to create fun shapes that match your party theme.
  • Silly-Face Pizza: use English muffins, pizza sauce, and shredded mozzarella cheese to make individual size pizzas. Use pepperoni, sliced olives, mushrooms, and green peppers to make a silly face or design to match the party theme.
  • Cupcake Cones: This is a great and non-messy idea for birthday cake. Fill flat- bottomed ice cream cones 3/4 full with cake batter. Bake, frost, and decorate.  Easy to eat and NO DISHES!
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