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4 Fun Ideas for the Perfect Kids’ Party

No matter what kind of party you’re thinking about throwing for your child, food will play a key role. Here are some ideas to help you plan the perfect kids’ party with perfect kids’ party food.

Think Small

Kids love foods they can hold in their hands, so anything in miniature or “pick-upable” is sure to appeal to them. Recipes made in muffin tins are perfect kids’ party food—meat loaf, tacos and mac and cheese are just a few options that work well in miniature.

Quick Tip

No matter what kind of party you’re thinking about throwing for your child, food will play a key role.

Sandwich Sensations

Children love sandwiches make them perfect kids’ party food, especially for those kids who don’t have very adventuresome appetites. But that doesn’t mean they have to be ordinary.

  • Use cookie cutters to stamp out shapes in slices of bread, then fill with meats, cheese, tuna or egg salad, even peanut butter and jelly.
  • Cut the crusts off the bread, assemble the sandwiches, then cut into squares, triangles or rectangles. For variety, use both white and wheat breads and make a checkerboard pattern by alternating white and wheat bread sandwiches on a platter.
  • Wrap kids’ favorite sandwich fillings in tortillas and slice into pinwheels for a fun twist on typical sandwiches.

Don’t put too much filling inside the sandwiches or wraps—the shapes will be fairly small once cut from the bread and will be easier for little hands to handle if they’re not overstuffed.


Dipping is a favorite kid activity—and a great way to get them to eat a few fruits vegetables.

  • Dip vegetables, chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, garlic bread or toasted pita triangles into warm marinara sauce then grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Drizzle honey into plain yogurt, then dunk chunks of pineapple or fresh strawberries into it, followed by toasted coconut or finely chopped peanuts.
  • Melt chocolate chips and dip fruits, cookies, cake chunks and marshmallows for a fun, interactive dessert. Use pretzel sticks as edible fondue “forks” for spearing the dippers.
Rise & Shine Party

Before sending the kids home after a slumber party, try these fun ways to wake up.

  • Stock a smoothie bar with a variety of fruit juices, yogurt, fresh and frozen fruit, then let the kids choose ingredients for their custom-made smoothie. Put a grown-up in charge of the blender; pour the smoothie into reusable plastic cups to take home as party favors.
  • Let the kids assemble an overnight casserole to bake the next morning. Sweet or savory, they’ll have fun participating in their own meal preparation. Take it a step further—if the kids are old enough—and have them prepare and serve breakfast for their parents when they arrive to pick them up in the morning.
  • Set up a make-your-own breakfast burrito bar stocked with chopped tomatoes, peppers, cheese, salsa, guacamole and sour cream. Make a big skillet of scrambled eggs and have the kids assemble their own burritos with corn or flour tortillas.

Use of any sharp utensils should be supervised by an adult.