Planning a kid’s party? It’s easy to fall victim to the usual junk food or tasteless fare that’s become typical of most kid’s party food options. Don’t settle for the same old pizza or chicken fingers just because you have a few picky eaters on the guest list. With some creativity and just a bit of prep-work, you can please everyone from the young guest of honor to all the adult chaperones.
Present things in a new way. Kids may have simple tastes, but are still attracted to a great presentation. Instead of serving plain old fruit and sandwiches, serve them on skewers. Don’t just put out a bag of chips when you can make homemade popcorn that’s easy and delicious. Check out the simple ideas below and your kid’s party food will make you the Queen of Queens.
Pinwheel Wraps and Fruit Skewers
- Fill tortillas with any combination of things your kids like such as cheese, ham or turkey. Roll up tightly and slice into rounds. Use small cookie cutters to make shapes out of a variety of fruit.
- Skewer each slice of wrap to make a pinwheel, and then arrange fruit on skewers to serve.
Honey Butter Popcorn
- Melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Whisk 2 tablespoons of honey into the warm butter, and then drizzle over freshly popped plain popcorn. You can easily double or triple the amounts depending on the number of guests. Season with salt to taste and toss to combine. Serve portions in colorful cupcake liners.
Ice Cream Sandwiches
- Use either homemade or store bought cookies to make sandwiches with your favorite ice cream flavor. Just put a scoop between 2 cookies, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze until firm. Roll the edges in sprinkles, chocolate chips, chopped candy bits or eat as is.
Tie-Dyed Cake in a Jar
- It’s not a party without cake! Instead of a traditional layer cake, try baking individual servings of colorful cake in small wide-mouthed Mason jars. They’re inexpensive and show off the “tie-dyed” cake inside. Just divide white cake batter among 3 different mixing bowls, and then add a few drops of food coloring to each to match your party décor. (Note: India Tree brand makes a natural vegetable based food coloring that’s available at most food shops) Carefully spoon layers of different colored batter into greased Mason jars. Be sure not to fill more than 2/3 of the way up. Pour about ¼” of hot water into the bottom of a shallow baking dish. Place jars into the water-filled baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for about 35-40 minutes or until fully cooked. Cool completely, then top with frosting and sprinkles.
By Vivian Cardinale