For their child’s birthday, moms generally remember a cake, gifts and decorations, but did you know there is another easy way to ramp up the festivities? Add fun kids’ party food to the table! Tie food choices in with a party theme when possible. You’re going to be eating anyway so you’re not adding an additional expense to the celebration but I can almost guarantee you will add a good dose of delight!
Some menu items can make an appearance on any fun food table. For example, how about rainbow spaghetti or macaroni? Add food coloring to the boiling water and you’ll have colored pasta. If you’re serving sandwiches—even simple peanut butter and jelly—use a shaped cookie cutter. Use imagination and veggies or fruit to build bug and monster shapes. For extra gold stars even if it’s not time for a birthday fete, you can make a daily meal more festive by surprising your kids with novel food presentation that can entice them to try a new taste.
Here are a few other food and theme combinations that have proven to add grins to the kids’ party food table at a birthday party:
- Cowboy Party: Donuts with a missing segment look like horseshoes. Fruit leather can stand in for kid-friendly “beef” jerky.
- Bug Party: Melt chocolate and pour over plastic bubblewrap for insect hive pieces. Dates with mango slice wings look like real bugs!
- Farm Party: Chocolate pudding with a candy pig gives you “happy as a pig in mud”. Give a marshmallow snout to cupcakes frosted with pink for a pig.
- Spiderman: An arrangement of pretzels and drizzles of white chocolate will produce an edible spider’s web.
- Superman: Rock candy sticks equal kryptonite. Any veggies can be named “muscle food”!
- Construction Party: Crushed Oreos will look like a dirt pile on cake or cupcakes. There are several round candies that can be named pebbles, rocks or wrecking balls. Pretzel rods or vanilla cream sandwiches work for lumber.
- Robot Party: Individual juice boxes easily morph into robot shapes.
- Pirate Party: Round chocolate malt candies = cannon balls. Mini pizzas with ham and pineapple could be called “Islands”. Small cups with crackers, cheese and veggie sticks are parrot food.
- Beach Party: Use brown sugar for sand on a cake or cupcakes. Top with a gummy fish.
With imagination, there are many ways to use even non-exotic food choices on a kids’ party food table. Once you start playing with food, you never look at it the same way again! Bon appetit!