Yummy Kids Party Food Ideas to delight kids of any age

Kids Party Food Ideas
These are some of my favourite foods that can be served at any kids parties. You can simply serve these, or use these kids party food ideas as additions to themed party foods. It's up to you. I hope you like them.

Filled Triangles

Pizza Fingers

Veggie Sticks

Mini Corn Dogs

Mini Cup Cakes

Wibbly Wobblies

Crispy Crackle Cakes

Fruit Sticks


Savoury Foods
Filled Triangles
Cut the crusts off sliced bread, add simple fillings and cut into dainty triangles. Kids love these and you won't get them leaving behind the crusts!

No Waste: freeze the cut off crusts and use to make bread stuffing.

Simple filling ideas:
Slices of ham, chicken or other cooked meat
Cream cheese
Tuna (with or without mayonnaise)


Pizza Fingers
Slice pizza into small, easy to pick up, slices. Keep the toppings simple- plain cheese, ham, ham and pineapple or ham and mushroom seem to go down well with younger kids. Older kids may enjoy spicy pepperoni toppings. Again, keep it simple. Kids don't want fussy food. Just easy to eat and tasty.

Watch Point: Make sure the pizza isn't too hot when you serve it. Hot cheese can burn young mouths very easily (and adult mouths too!)

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Veggie Sticks
A simple kids party food idea- but don't make too many unless you are sure the kids will eat them.
Peel and slice carrots and cucumber into sticks. Serve by themselves or with a healthy dip made from natural yoghurt mixed with cream cheese. Yummy!

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Mini Corn Dogs
These are a great kids party food idea. They are tasty, and really easy to make. Just make sure they are not too hot when you serve them. This kids party recipe makes about 36 mini corndogs, using 12 hotdogs that are each cut into 3 pieces.

Basic batter recipe (makes about 36 mini corndogs- based on cutting a standard hotdog into 3 pieces)

  • 8 oz (225g) flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 oz (115g) cornmeal
  • 4 oz (120ml) milk
  • Handful of chopped herbs (omit if kids are fussy eaters)
  • 2 tablespoons (1 oz) sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 12 hotdogs
  • A little extra flour to roll the hotdogs in
Method
  1. Put all the above ingredients (except for the extra flour and the hotdogs) together in a large bowl and mix thoroughly
  2. Dry the hotdogs and cut each hot dog into three
  3. Roll the mini hotdogs in the extra flour to lightly coat. This helps the batter mix to stick to the hotdogs
  4. Roll the hotdogs in the batter mixture until well coated
  5. Deep fry in the vegetable oil, until golden
  6. Drain on kitchen roll to absorb the excess oil
  7. Cool a little before serving, and serve with ketchup and mustard.

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Kids Party Food Ideas: Sweet Treats

cup cakes

Mini Cup Cakes
These always spring to mind when I'm thinking about kids party food ideas. The basic recipe makes up to 24 mini, or 12 larger, cupcakes (depends on how much you fill the bake cups!)

  • *4 1/2 oz (125g) Flour
  • *1 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 4 1/2 oz (125 g) sugar
  • 4 oz (125g) butter- softened
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 fluid oz (2 tablespoons) Milk
  • Small baking cups (paper cupcake cases)
Replace the * ingredients with 4 1/2 oz (125g) of self raising flour if preferred

Method
  1. Put the baking cups onto a baking tray.
  2. Put the softened butter and the sugar in a large bowl, and beat until light and fluffy.(the butter should be a few shades lighter than it started)
  3. Add the beaten eggs, a little at a time. If the mixture starts to curdle, add a little fof the flour
  4. Beat in the vanilla essence
  5. Fold in half the flour and all the baking powder
  6. Add half the milk and mix carefully
  7. Fold in the rest of the four
  8. Add the rest of the milk, as needed. The mixture should be smooth and of dropping consistency (it should drop off the spoon easily, but not be runny)
  9. Spoon into the baking cups (cupcake cases)
  10. Bake at 375F, 190C, for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. The cupcakes should be golden brown, and spring back when touched in the center
Top with your favourite frosting.

Cupcake Frosting
I personally love buttercream for cupcakes. The basic recipe is:
  • 2 oz (56g) softened butter
  • 4 oz (113g) confectioners (icing) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon milk
Method
  1. Place the softened butter in a large bowl.
  2. Add the confectioners sugar a little at a time, beating to a smooth consistency.
  3. If needed, add a little milk to get a firm, but spreadable consistency.
  4. Use to top your cupcakes.
  5. Finish off your cupcakes with sprinkles, or use icing gels to create fun designs.
Additional Flavors for Buttercream Frosting
Chocolate Buttercream.
Add 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder, and 1 teaspoon of milk for chocolate flavored icing.

Citrus Buttercream
Add lemon or orange zest, and a little (1/2 teaspoon at a time) lemon or orange juice for citrus flavoured icing. Omit the milk.

Butterfly cupcake

Butterfly Cakes
This is a great kids party food idea. Use above recipe. To make the butterfly cakes:

  1. When the cupcakes have cooled, slice off the tops of the cup cake.
  2. Cut the tops in half to make two 'wings'.
  3. You can keep the wings cleared, or decorate them with icing.
  4. Ice the flat top of the cup cake with buttercream (see recipe above) and place the two wings on top of the icing to form the butterfly wings.

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Wibbly Wobblies
Make up your favourite flavour of jello (jelly). Pour into a large bowl, mould, or individual cases, and allow to set. Serve plain, or add a blob of whipped cream, or dream whip.


Crispy Crackle Cakes
These are a simple kids party food idea for even very young children to help make.

    10oz (300g) Rice cereal
  • 5oz (150g) chocolate chips or high content milk chocolate bar
  • Baking Cups (paper cupcake cases)
Method
  1. Melt the chocolate (I put mine in the microwave- it's easy. Just be careful not to overcook as it will burn).
  2. Stir the rice cereal into the melted chocolate, until evenly mixed.
  3. Put spoonfuls of the mixture into the baking cups.
  4. Allow to set.
  5. Decorate with mini marshmallows or candies secured with a blob of icing or cream.

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Fruit Sticks
Choose a selection of easy to eat fruit, for example:

  • sliced apple
  • seedless grapes
  • strawberries
  • chunky slices of banana
  • seedless mandarins or tangerines
Method
  1. Coat the apples and banana in a little lemon juice to prevent browning
  2. Place a selection of the fruit onto wooden sticks.
  3. The fruit sticks can be served alone, or with a sweet dip.
If the kids who will be eating this kids party food are under 7 I would forget the sticks and simply serve slices of apple, banana and seedless mandarins or tangerines.

Fruit Stick Dip Ideas
Yummy Yoghurt Dip
Sweeten some natural yoghurt with powdered sugar. Pop in a serving dish. Simple!

Chocolate Sauce
Melt 2 x 3 oz chocolate bars (the higher the chocolate content the better) and 1 oz butter in the microwave (be careful not to burn the chocolate or butter). Quickly mix in 1 cup of cream. Serve immediately.

Chocolate Fountain
For an extra special kids party food idea, buy or hire a chocolate fountain and allow the kids to coat their fruit sticks in the chocolate before eating. It's extra fun and totally delicious- but can be messy!

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