There’s more to planning the food for a child’s birthday party than ordering a cake and keeping plenty of ice cream on hand. During the party, there needs to be at least a passing nod to nutrition while keeping the food choices fun. Here are some ideas for birthday party food that will keep all the kids happy.
This party food is easy to make ahead of time and keep in the refrigerator. Start by melting chocolate morsels in a double boiler. Peel several bananas and cut them into halves. Insert a couple of wooden skewers in each half and dip into the melted chocolate. Place them on parchment paper to cool and add chopped nuts or dried fruits.
Try a variation on traditional peanut brittle by using mixed nuts instead. Caramelize just enough sugar to pour into a bowl full of nuts and stir thoroughly. Spread the mixture in a shallow pan lined with parchment paper and place it in the refrigerator to cool. The idea is to use lots of nuts so the brittle will break apart with ease. The softer texture will be easier for the kids to chew without causing any damage to their teeth.
While a vegetable platter is likely to be less than welcome at a child’s birthday party, a fruit platter is a great idea. Slice apples and dip them into lemon juice to keep them from turning brown. Add some fresh pear slices along with orange sections and plenty of red and green seedless grapes. If there must be a dip to go with the fruit, try yogurt with a hint of vanilla added.
This variation of traditional corn dogs is easy to make. Use a cornbread mix and pour the mixture into a greased muffin pan. Slice up cooked hot dogs and press them into the batter. Bake according to the mix directions or until golden brown. These can be eaten without utensils, but keep some forks on hand for kids who like the idea of dipping the muffins in mustard, ketchup, or barbecue sauce.
With a child’s birthday party, vary the tastes from sweet to salty while still incorporating a few nutritious elements. With the right recipes, the preparation will be easy and cleaning up after the party will be a breeze.