What are the best snacks to serve at baby's birthday party?
Real Mom Problem
“Do you have any ideas for finger foods for a child's birthday party?”
- 1. Keep party snacks simple
- 2. Fruit, veggies, chips, and dips offer plenty of variety
- 3. If you're serving a meal, there's no need to prepare a large amount of snack food
- 4. Keep allergies, choking hazards, and picky palates in mind when choosing snack items
Real Mom Solutions
Are you looking for easy, crowd-pleasing snacks that will satisfy young guests at your party? Our expert and other moms offer suggestions that will fill little ones' stomachs without breaking the bank.
Our Expert Mom Says...
Keep party snacks simple! I've thrown a lot of kids' parties. I've hauled party gear, coolers, and mountains of food and drink into empty rec center party rooms, I've put on picnics in the park, and I've gone the almost-full-service route where all I had to provide was the cake. And so I've learned: Simple is best. Pizza and cupcakes are the bare-bones basics for parties in my neck of the woods, but many of us like extra nibbles, especially if we're celebrating around mealtime.
Here's what you don't want: Allergy attacks (skip the nuts unless you're absolutely sure none of your attendees is sensitive), accidents (I personally leave popcorn and other common choking hazards at home), days of pre-party stress, or tons of leftover food when the party is done. You DO want: Easy prep, and crowd-pleasing foods that both kids and grown-ups like to snack on.
Raw veggie trays with hummus (whipped up at home, or in a pinch, store-bought), and guacamole (ditto) satisfy the eternal kid desire to dip. For crunch, have the standard chips, and maybe mix it up a bit with bowls of snack-mix, made with cereal, pretzels, and rice crackers. I like to include at least one more substantial offering for hungry party-goers, especially if I'm not offering a main course like pizza. I might do wraps made with turkey, roast beef, and cheese, rolled tightly and cut into pinwheels, or homemade chicken tenders (just dip in flour, then egg, then dredge in seasoned bread crumbs and parmesan cheese, and bake at 400 for about 20 minutes, then watch them go). And of course plenty of fresh fruit, and sweets - it's a party after all!
Laura Wallis is a mom of two and a veteran food and lifestyle writer. She was a longtime staffer at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and still pitches in as a freelance editor on "Everyday Food" magazine and special issues, and contributes to a variety of other food, lifestyle, and health publications. She has also contributed to numerous Martha Stewart books, including "American Food" and "Favorite Crafts for Kids."
More Snack Suggestions from Moms
For a party, I might do a meat and cheese tray with buns on the side for little sandwiches and a pickle and olive tray.
For my daughter's birthday party, I just did fruit and marshmallow dip, veggies with hummus and ranch dip, some cheesy crackers or goldfish, chips, and cupcakes.
I would serve chicken nuggets, goldfish crackers, veggies with dip, cut-up fruit, and ham roll-ups or a kid's birthday party.
Good snacks for a kid's party would be veggies and dip, fruit kebobs, sandwiches (cut them into little shapes with cookie cutters), and cheese and crackers.
I'd make pigs in a blanket, a chocolate chip cream cheese ball with graham crackers for dipping, a meat and cheese tray, fruit kebobs, hummus with veggies and pita chips, and taco cups for a party.