When planning your kid’s party foods, you will want to keep things simple and theme-related. In addition, since many kids can be persnickety eaters, you will want to be sure to present them with foods that are familiar and enjoyable.
FAMILIAR KIDS PARTY FOOD IDEAS WITH A TWIST
Take ordinary food and give them theme-related names and you will have instant success with your little ones. They’ll be clamoring to eat your fun foods. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Hot Dogs - Served at a Scooby Doo theme party could be called Scooby Dogs. Serve them at a beach party and they take on a new title like Octo-Dogs. If you’re throwing a dinosaur theme party those same hotdogs instantly become Dino-Dogs. At a SpongeBob party you could call them Squidward Dogs.
Hamburgers - Serve your basic hamburger at a construction themed party and you could call them Bulldozer Burgers. Serve them up at a SpongeBob party and they might be called Krabby Patties.
French Fries - At a Spongebob Party they must be Krab Fries.
Pizza - Turns into Plankton’s Pizza at a SpongeBob Party.
Macaroni and Cheese - Serve these kids favorite party food at a Curious George party and call it Monkey Mac & Cheese. At a Hello Kitty party, you could tint it pink and call it Purr-fect Pink Mac & Cheese. For a Rubber Ducky party, duck-a-roni & cheese is in order.
Chicken Nuggets - For a pirate party, call them Golden Nuggets or Fools Gold.
Ultimately, what you want to do is to think of words that are associated with your theme and see if you can incorporate them into your food titles. All you have to do is make some fun signs and place them by each entree or snack on your buffet table. This will instantly give your kids party food table Yummmm Appeal! Everything tastes better when it has a fun party name.
PREPARE YOUR KIDS PARTY FOOD AHEAD OF TIME
No need to stress yourself unnecessarily. Prepare as much of the food as possible the day before the party. Either cut-up or buy ready-made and cut-up fresh veggies and fruit. Just be sure to put your raw veggies into cold water to keep them fresh and coat your apples with lemon juice to prevent them from turning brown.
PREPARE BIRTHDAY CAKE AHEAD OF TIME
If you have decided to make your own birthday cake, consider baking it a few days or a week ahead of time and freeze it. Then, the day before the party thaw and decorate it. In the alternative, buy a cake that is already frosted and then all you will have to do is personalize it with themed decorations and a birthday greeting.
KIDS PARTY FOOD IDEAS FOR PARTY DRINKS
To free up refrigerator space, place bottles of water, juice, and milk boxes into coolers with ice. If you are planning to serve punch, then start a week ahead of time and freeze punch into your ice cube trays and place the punch cubes in Ziploc bags in the freezer. Then the day of the party, they will be ready to add to your punch bowl, along with the other ingredients.
Bottom Line: Just remember to stay with the familiar, think fun, think theme, and you’ll be creating yummmm appeal in no time at all!
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