15 Delicious and Quarantine-friendly Food Ideas for a Kids’ Party
Organizing a kids’ party is a challenge in general, but for many parents, the most difficult part of it is the food. Unfortunately, kids don’t like to eat many things and it’s hard to cook something that satisfies their picky tastes. Sometimes, with all the games and attractions at the party, they even forget to eat at all!
Right now, in time of social distancing and for some of you quarantine, everything got even more complicated. The Coronavirus has probably made you change plans and your kids are sad that they can’t have a birthday party they dreamed about for so long.
But don’t worry, we know how to handle this. We have a few tips on how to prepare the kids’ party menu and 15 recipe ideas to inspire you. Additionally, we advise how to adapt plans to the difficult situation caused by the virus. After reading this, you’ll be 100% ready to surprise your little ones at the next party, even if it’s just going to be a small family gathering to follow the social distancing rules!
Tips on how to prepare the best menu for a kids’ party
There are a few things you should remember when planning a kids’ party menu.1. Make it diverse.
Kids tend to be quite picky when it comes to food. You’re a parent so you probably know what we’re talking about. It means there’s no way to prepare a dish that every kid at the party will like. But no need to panic. It’s easy to solve this problem! Prepare a lot of snacks and make them diverse. Choose various ingredients—different meats, veggies and fruits. If kids don’t like one of them, there will be many more to choose from. Think about hot and cold dishes. Make something big and provide different kinds of finger foods. And of course, don’t forget about sweet desserts and savory snacks. This way, you’ll increase your chances of satisfying all the kids!
2. Don’t forget about the balance.
When planning a kids' party it’s easy to fall into the trap of preparing unhealthy food just to satisfy the kids. We’ll show you that it’s possible to serve kids friendly dishes that are delicious and filled with fruits and veggies at the same time. Thanks to the right presentation and a few party decorations, kids will love them.
3. Adapt the menu to the time of the party.
If you invite the guests between meals, feel free to only serve small snacks and finger foods. But if the party takes place during breakfast or lunchtime, prepare something bigger to satisfy everybody’s hunger.
4. Remember about the presentation and decorations.
These are your secret weapons. Thanks to the right presentation and beautiful party decorations, you’ll make the food more attractive for kids and it will match the party theme.
5. Be flexible.
It’s important to be prepared for anything whether it’s a small obstacle like burnt cupcakes, or a worldwide crisis, like contagious virus making you stay home for weeks. Because of social distancing, you can’t organize a big party for your kid, but you can still cook delicious food to make the birthday day special. There are a few things to remember at this particular time.
- Choose the recipes you like and plan your grocery shopping well because you shouldn’t go out when it’s not necessary.
- Since there won’t be a lot of guests, reduce the ingredients accordingly to not waste food. You can still prepare various finger foods, just make smaller portions of everything (e.g. three mini burgers, 4 hot dogs, a few cauliflower nuggets, 5 cupcakes, etc.).
- And last but not least, if you forget to buy something, don’t worry. The recipes we recommend can be easily changed. Just check what you have at home and replace the missing ingredient.
Kids’ party food ideas and recipes
Here are 15 easy and delicious food ideas that are perfect for a kids’ party. You’ll find here sweet and savory dishes and finger foods, as well as yummy drinks. The recipes are easy-to-prepare, but at the same time effective and kid-friendly. We also added decorations and serving suggestions to some of them. So, get inspired and have fun preparing this awesome stuff for your child’s next birthday party!
1. Mini Burgers
Let’s start with this classic dish because everybody loves burgers! These are perfect for a kids’ party. Thanks to their small size, children can just grab a burger whenever they want to and eat it all at once. No stains and no mess! You can prepare a few versions by experimenting with the extras and serve them on safari party plates.
2. Hot Dogs with Rainbow Vegetables
Here’s another classic food with a twist. Delicious sausage plus veggies in different colors is the perfect combination to attract the attention of hungry kids. Hot dogs are an amazing idea especially if you organize a carnival or circus party. Serve them in circus napkins to match other theme party decorations.
3. Eggplant Pizza
Instead of regular pizza try this healthy and original eggplant version. At first sight, it looks just like a classic pizza—it’s full of mozzarella cheese and has delicious toppings. But instead of the pizza dough, it’s made with slices of eggplant. This option is quicker, healthier and you will be surprised by how good it tastes! Small biodegradable space plates, as well as matching napkins, might turn out to be handy for this version of pizza.
4. Crispy Cauliflower Nuggets
This is another great way to smuggle some veggies into the kids’ party menu. Children love nuggets mainly because they are crispy, so these cauliflower bites will satisfy them for sure. They are so crunchy and tasty that the kids will not even think about what they are made of. Pair them with a yummy dip and don’t forget to leave wooden cutlery next to them. It’s much easier to eat the nuggets with a fork.
5. Pull-Apart Grilled Cheese
This recipe is extremely quick and easy. Ten minutes of preparation plus ten minutes in the oven and it’s ready to be served. When we served this, it took 10 minutes for the kids to eat it, so make sure to prepare more than one sandwich! The key to success here is the cheese, or actually, three kinds of it. I mean, who doesn’t love melted cheese, right?
6. Stuffed PB&J French Toast Kabobs
With this recipe, we smoothly move to the sweets treats section. Mini French toast with strawberries, jam, peanut butter and cinnamon make a delightful combination. Everything here just works so well together that you can’t stop eating them.
7. Chocolate Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches
We fell in love with this idea the minute we found it. Waffles and ice cream together! Isn’t it just the best combination ever? It’s great that the recipe is pretty flexible when it comes to toppings, so you can dress them up with whatever you like. Our favorite topping is a colorful sprinkle. It looks amazing with the matching rainbow garland tassel around the table! Waffle ice cream sandwiches are perfect, especially for summer parties. Just don’t forget to take them out of the freezer right before serving.
8. Marshmallow Fruit Dip
This creamy and quick-to-prepare marshmallow dip can convince any kid to eat some healthy fruit. It only takes 10 minutes to make it and you can mix it with your favorite seasonal fruit. It will look gorgeous if you serve everything on rainbow and cloud plates!
9. Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars
Kids probably wouldn’t choose cheesecake as their favorite dessert. But it’s only because they haven’t tried this version yet. Surprise your little guests by changing this classic dessert into creamy lemon blueberry bars.
10. Chocolate Marshmallow Peanut Butter Squares
Do you have some marshmallows left over after preparing the fruit dip? Here’s an idea for how to use them. Make these bars—full of flavor, amazingly chocolaty, crunchy and fudgy at the same time. They will look great when served on these pink napkins.
11. Honey Peanut Popcorn
We promised easy and delicious recipes, right? This one is as easy as it gets, and yet the effect is amazing. You only need three ingredients and a few minutes to change regular popcorn into this crunchy, sweet-and-salty delight that kids can snack on between games and activities. Put some biodegradable cups next to the popcorn bowl to make it even easier for them to take as much as they want and continue to have fun!
12. Cupcakes with Sprinkles
We can’t forget about cupcakes! They are one of the essentials when it comes to a kids’ party treat. They are not only delicious but can also be part of the decorations if you dress them up with theme-related cupcake toppers.
13. Chocolate-Dipped Fruit Cones
Waffle cones full of fresh fruit, with a touch of chocolate, are another snack we recommend if you want to make fruit look more exciting for the kids. No picky eater can resist these vibrant colors!
14. Color-Changing Lemonade Slushies
These slushies are going to amaze everybody, kids and adults! They look kind of magical, changing colors from blue to pink and purple. It’s a refreshing drink and a science experiment at the same time, which means they are the best kids’ party drink on the planet. If you want to make the slushies even more spectacular, serve them with these silver star biodegradable straws.
15. Easy Party Punch
Ok, we said that color-changing lemonade slushies are the best kids’ party drink and we stand by this opinion. But this easy party punch is right behind them on the list! It’s yummy and refreshing and it has the most eye-catching color. Mint and strawberries enrich it with even more flavor and if served with these gold paper straws, it looks just amazing.
Well, we don’t know about you, but we just can’t wait to prepare some of these delicious recipes right away! Hopefully, our list inspired you too and you’re ready to experiment a bit the next time there is a kids’ party to organize. Remember, it doesn’t have to be difficult. It’s mostly about the right plan and good presentation, even when you’re social distancing. Have fun!