20 Great Ideas for Party Food for Kids

Jill Holtz

February 21, 2012

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If you are getting ready to host a party, look no further for inspiration! We have 20 great ideas for party food for kids, all suggested by Mykidstime parents.

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#1. Rainbow Fruit Kebabs

Make some rainbow fruit kebabs or put lots of sliced fruit out on a big plate to share.

Safety tip: grapes can be a choking hazard for children, so make sure to cut grapes in half lengthways.

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#2. Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

strawberry ladybirdsTake two bars of chocolate (both milk, or one milk and one white) and melt them in 30-second bursts in the microwave, stirring in between.

Let the kids dip their strawberries into the melted chocolate (or if you prefer less mess, dip each strawberry and allow chocolate to dry.

“These go down a treat and I like the fact that they are getting something healthy and treat-y at the same time.”

#3. Rice Krispy Treatsrice krispie bars

Here’s two great recipes for Rice Krispy Buns and Rice Krispie Chewies which are quick and easy to make.

“Always a winner at any age.”

#4. Party Hedgehogs

Make a hedgehog for the kids. Take half an orange and using cocktail sticks with cubes of cheese and fruit, push the sticks into the orange to make your hedgehog.

“The kids love it and it’s healthy!”

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#5. Let Them Dip

DipKids love to dip so the simplest thing is hummus with carrot sticks.

Or give them a couple of different dips to try with breadsticks, pepper slices, even apple slices can be dipped.

#6. Popcorn

We have found that a big bowl of popcorn is constantly a hit at kids parties. We always make our own as we prefer it to microwave popcorn, and it’s really simple.

  1. Coat a pot with a thin layer of oil then add the popping corn and put the lid on.
  2. Put the pot over a medium heat on the cooker and when you start to hear the popping just give the pot a shake every few seconds to make sure the corn isn’t burning.
  3. Once you hear no more pops, it’s safe to take the lid off.  Empty the popped corn into a bowl and add a blob of butter to the warm pot and melt it and pour over the popped corn.

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#7. Sausages

honey-sesame-sausagesMost kids love sausages, even the fussier kids, so a good option for party food are either cocktail-sized sausages or mini sausage rolls (you can buy the larger ones and slice them into 3 before serving).

Or why not make your own – here are some super easy recipes for Homemade Sausages and Sausage Rolls.

#8. Ice Cream Floats

strawberry milkshakeThese are so simple to make. Just put a scoop of ice cream in a glass and pour in a fizzy drink on top. Great combinations include vanilla + coke or vanilla + American Cream Soda.

Smoothies and milkshakes are also another popular choice with kids, so why not try making strawberry and banana milkshakes.

#9. Philly Biccies

Another great kids party food option is Digestive biscuits with Philadelphia and strawberry on top.

Kids loved them when we had them at our recent home party.

#10. Chicken Skewers

Chicken skewers with dips to pour over the chicken or to dip into. You could try a honey-mustard dip, garlic mayo, satay sauce or sweet chilli for older kids.

“I gave them a sweet & sour dip which they loved.” 

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#11. Mini Burgers

mini-burgers_1_2These are very easy to make in advance and have ready to grill, here’s Clodagh McKenna’s mini burger recipe.

“Mini burgers go down a treat and if you keep them small, they are less likely to leave them uneaten”

#12. Chocolate Fountain

“This was a total hit! All you have to do is make some fruit kebabs i.e. strawberries and grapes and then let them dip into the fountain. My daughter’s friends from school were asking before her birthday ‘was the chocolate fountain going to be there’ as they remembered it from last year!

#13. Pancakes

Whip up a set of mini pancakes and set out some sliced bananas or strawberries, Nutella, whipped cream or sugar & lemon juice. Here’s how to make some fun pancake shapes for kids.

“Let them decorate them themselves. It’s a winner.

#14. Keep It Traditional

“We do the usual – sausage rolls, crisps, cheese, cocktail sausages, choc animal biscuits, salad-y bits, buttered baguette, or for my girls that were born in the summer we do a bbq.”

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#15. Jelly Boats

Take some oranges, cut them in half and scoop out the orange being careful not to tear the orange skin. Then make up some jelly and pour into the ‘boats’.

I used red jelly and green so they could choose (or fight) over what coloured boat they wanted!

Wiggly Jellies are another great idea

All you need is boiling water or boiling apple juice, and four packs of jelly (any flavour). Mix jelly with boiling water or juice (quantities as per instructions on packet) until dissolved. Pour into a large baking tray, refrigerate until firm. Dip the bottom of the pan into warm water for a few seconds then cut into decorative shapes with cookie cutters. Lift from the pan and serve.

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#16. Homemade Pizzas

Why not make some homemade pizzas? Kids love choosing their own toppings for and it helps cater for different tastes and even accommodate the fussy eater. Alternatively here’s a recipe for Neapolitan pizza.

“For my six-year-old niece’s party, my sister made small pizza bases, put out toppings in bowls (cheese, tomato sauce, ham, sweet corn, etc) and let them make them. They then played pass the parcel and old school games while they cooked.”

“Try puff pastry pizzas – literally get the ready-rolled puff pastry, fold back a little bit on each corner; put tomato puree or tomato sauce over it; add mozzarella cheese and use your imagination!”

#17. Decorate Your Own Fairy Cakes

lemon buns“For my daughter’s first birthday I didn’t have time to decorate the fairy cakes so I made icing in three different colours, put jelly tots, smarties, hundreds and thousands, etc out on a table in bowls and everyone decorated their own…adults and kids LOVED this!

See our Lemon Buns and Easy Cupcakes recipes for some ideas.

#18. Keep It Simple

“For the last party I had, my Mam said ‘don’t be going mad with the food, just do sandwiches, buns, and cocktail sausages like I used to do’. I did and, although I was nervous with 35 boys aged 5-8, they ate everything and no one asked if there were any sweets.

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#19. Green Jelly Frog Pond

Make up a green jelly ‘pond’ (spread on a platter) and then decorate with chocolate button frogs and liquorice water reeds for a real “wow” from the kids.

#20. Top Hats

Spoon some melted chocolate into a bun case. Put in a marshmallow, then dab another bit of chocolate on top of the marshmallow and pop on a smartie.

“So quick and easy to make, and the kids love them.

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What party food for kids goes down well at your kids’ birthdays? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!

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Published On: February 21st, 2012 / Categories: Food and Recipes, Parties / Last Updated: March 21st, 2018 / Tags: /

About the Author: Jill Holtz

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Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls

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