Birthdays give you a chance to make wonderful memories for your children as they grow. Despite all the fun, however, birthday parties can cause headaches for parents, especially when having to choose the menu. You want to make something the kids will enjoy, but you also want to control expenses while serving something healthy. Of course, with active children running about the house, you also want to avoid using silverware and breakable plates, so everyone can enjoy the birthday cake.
1. Mini Pizzas: Choose Your Own Toppings
Everyone loves pizza, so having mini pizzas is a safe bet for any kid’s birthday party. Children can easily handle the smaller size of the mini pizzas. What makes mini pizzas a great pick is the variety of toppings you can use.
Make mini pizzas a great experience by letting the children choose the toppings they want. If you have enough space, you can also let the children make their own pizzas using a make-shift toppings bar. Make sure you have all the most popular toppings such as cheese, pepperoni, ham, mozzarella, but also offer some alternative toppings such as pineapple, cherry tomatoes or even tuna.
2. Taco Bar
Lots of kids love tacos, and what many of whom enjoy the most is the challenge of making their own tacos. Make the next kid’s party you host special by having a taco bar for your little guests. Make a list of all the ingredients needed to make perfect tacos.
Prepare all the toppings and fillings the day before, so you don’t have lots of work on the day of the party. Let the children choose whether they want beef or chicken, and don’t forget to include some vegetarian options too. Set up the bar in a room with an easy-to-clean floor, so any potential mishaps can be cleaned up easily.
3. Veggie Platters
Do not fall for the myth that children don’t like to eat vegetables. Although lots of kids tend to be picky eaters, it’s the presentation that wins. Cut the various veggies into fun shapes and have plenty of great-tasting dips to add to the taste.
Your veggie platters will also help all your guests realize that healthy food is both tasty and fun. Present your platters in a creative way to reinforce the fun that comes with eating good food. For instance, broccoli can be used to make a fuzzy hair of the character, carrots can be arms or legs, or even hair, olives can be eyes, and so on.
4. Fruit Made Fun
If you feel that your little guests would enjoy fruits more than vegetables, make sure to buy plenty. You can make various characters out of fruit as well. For instance, Minion bananas, or an owl made from whole lot of different fruit. Or try making colorful fruit kabobs. They look great and they’re a real sweet treat.
5. Colorful Pretzel Wands
Bring the magic of children’s stories to life by giving all the kids at your next party a chance to make (and eat) their own magic wands. You will need candy coating, pretzel sticks and an assortment of colorful candy sprinkles.
Clear off your kitchen counter and have several pint glasses to hold the candy coating. Dip the pretzel sticks in candy coating, and coat with sprinkles. Alternatively, you can always let the kids coat their pretzel wands with colorful candy sprinkles on their own.
These are some delicious snacks ideas.