Throwing a party for your youngster? When your child has a party, the last thing you want is to slave away in the kitchen for hours, trying to whip up complicated party food – you want your party munchies to be straightforward.
Whether you’re searching for finger-food inspiration or having the kids seated at the table, you’ll find more than enough sweet and savoury ideas here to make your next kids’ party go with a bang.
An easy, tasty, healthy alternative to chips, have a crack at making wedges. Kids love them at parties. Strapped for time? We love McCain Smoky BBQ Shake Shake Wedges. These deliciously chunky wedges with the skin on, are great for sharing. All you need do is sprinkle the sachet of seasoning over the tasty treats, shake, then bake in the oven for about 15-20 minutes.
- Party Sandwiches
Try some of the sandwich filler ideas below for a children’s party. You can alter the type of bread, use some pittas or wraps, fill finger rolls cut into bite-size portions, or make them all for some variety.
Little ones often favour ‘crusts-off’ sandwiches, if you’re using bread. Create an assortment of white and wholemeal bread sandwiches, and arrange them on a platter so they stand out.
If you like, you could even cut the sandwiches into shapes to match your party theme. For example, cut dinosaur shaped sandwiches if you’re having a Jurassic World themed party. You can use cookie cutters to make sandwich shapes of all kinds.
Here are just some of the amazing sandwich ideas you could choose:
- Buttered soft rolls with fillings of your choice. Simply butter soft rolls, then fill with ham, slices of cheese or cucumber. Serve in little bowls. It’s simpler than whipping up sandwiches, and this allows the little ones to choose whatever they want.
- Ham and grated mild cheddar. What’s not to love?
- Stripy finger sarnies. Use one slice of brown and one slice of white. Then fill, and slice into fingers.
- Fairy bread. Spread white and brown bread with butter/marg then put sprinkles on top.
- Tortilla wraps. Place a variety of fillings on the table so kids can make up their wraps themselves. Winning fillings include tuna and mayo, crisps, cheese, cucumber or ham.
- Easy Pizza Wheels
Puff pastry pizza wheels are a breeze to make. They’re made with ready-rolled puff pastry, tasty tomato sauce and cheddar cheese – and take a matter of minutes to prepare. Check out the recipe below:
Easy Pizza Wheels
- 1 sheet of ready-rolled puff pastry
- 100g tomato sauce or passata
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 50g grated cheddar cheese
- Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas mark 6.
- Line a baking tray with a sheet of baking paper.
- Use a rolling pin to roll out your sheet of puff pastry.
- Smear the sauce on the top.
- Scatter over the cheese.
- Mix in the oregano.
- Roll up the long side of pastry. You want a long, thin Swiss roll shape.
- Slice into 12 little pieces and place on the baking tray. Make sure to leave a few centimetres between them, so they don’t bake into each other!
- Cook for about 20 minutes until golden brown.
- Leave to cool, then transfer into a sealed container.
What could be easier than popping a pizza in the oven? The great thing is they practically cook themselves! You could even get the kids making their own. Just supply the bases, spread with passata, then serve a range of fillings so the kids can get stuck in.
Great for kids and adults alike, hummus is a brilliant addition to any kids’ party. It’s also super-easy to make. You could add in some extras to give it even more of a veggie boost. If kale isn’t your thing, try it with baby spinach. Or even avocado or carrot. Yum!
Easy-Peasy Carrot Hummus
- 1 large carrot peeled and diced
- 400g tin chickpeas drained and rinsed
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 2 tbsp tahini
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1-2 tbsp water
- Steam the carrot for about 10 minutes, so it’s soft.
- Leave to cool then blitz with the chickpeas in a blender, alongside lemon juice, garlic, tahini and olive oil until velvety.
- Mix in one tablespoon of water and blend again. Add the other tablespoon slowly, until you have the right texture.
- Store in the fridge in a sealed container and use within two days.
6. Carrot and cucumber sticks
Serve them in large bowls at the start of the party – they’ll devour the lot. Better than serving them alongside the cakes – they won’t get a look in.
Sometimes, plain old fruit just won’t do at kids’ parties. So instead, thread fruit on to skewers. We’re talking strawberries, grapes and bits of satsuma. Easy for little ones to eat, fruit wands make a pretty and healthy party food idea. You could even make a yummy dip of plain yogurt with some honey drizzled in. Kids will love dipping their fruit wands into it.
- 1 kiwi fruit, peeled and chopped
- ½ mango, peeled and chopped
- Red grapes
- Rinse the strawberries, grapes and blueberries in cold water, and pat dry. Slice the tops off the strawberries and throw away.
- For bigger strawberries, cut them in half or into large chunks. Slice the grapes in half if needed. Pop all of the fruit into bowls.
- Organise bowls by fruit colour in the order you wish to put them on the skewers.
- Thread fruit on to skewers. Use bamboo skewers, or long cocktail stirrers would work too.
- Serve straightaway, and enjoy!
- Sweet Treats
And then, of course, is the moment everyone’s been waiting for: the sweet stuff. It’s all about mixing the (finger-smearing) chocolate delights with other non-chocolatey treats – and even a smidgen of fruit. Here are some of our favourites:
- Party Rings. Perhaps the best sweet treat a kid could ask for.
- Melon balls. These tend to be a huge hit at kids’ parties. And lovely and cooling if they’ve all been running around.
- Chocolate fingers. No party would be complete without these. And there’s no limit to how many chocolate fingers can be munched at any party.
- Jellies. Different-coloured jellies served in clear plastic drinking cups. Multi-coloured, and zero washing up.
- Sparklers. Dunk a plain breadstick into some melted chocolate and hundreds and thousands. They look gorgeous. Youngsters adore them, and they’re not excessively sweet as the chocolate element is pretty minimal.
- Egg-free sweet stuff. Egg is a startlingly common allergy, so make sure to include some sweet treats that don’t contain egg. Know a child with a nut allergy that’s coming? Call the parents prior to the party and check what he/she can have.
- Chocolate crispy cakes. Chocolate crispy cakes are a breeze to make, and great fun to create with the little ones. Check out the below easy recipe.
Super-Simple Chocolate Crispy Cakes
- 100g milk chocolate
- 40g rice puffs
- Sprinkle decorations
- Place a heatproof bowl over a pan of boiling water. Break up the chocolate and place in the bowl until melted.
- In a large bowl, stir the melted chocolate into the rice puffs, mixing until well covered.
- Ladle the mixture into 8 – 10 fairy cake cases.
- Decorate with sprinkles and sweets.
Jelly at parties is always fun. Layer it with rainbow colours, whip it up or decorate in line with your party theme. And who said jelly has to be served in a cup or bowl? Serve them in orange skins instead. We’re pretty sure they’ll disappear in a flash.
- Chicken skewers
And top marks go to chicken skewers – they’re a hit with kids, time and time again. Serve them alongside dips, which can be poured over them. Try a honey-mustard dip, garlic mayo, satay sauce or sweet chilli for older kids.
We hope the above party food ideas have inspired you. Remember to make the food ahead of time, so you know it’s sorted before anyone arrives.