Top 10 Birthday Party Snack Ideas for Kids

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Written by Rathnavalli Pradeep

Rathnavalli Pradeep

Rathna has been with Being The Parent since the very beginning. Her immense passion to learn new aspects of  parenting and a vision to help prospective and new mothers is what drives her.

It’s that time of the year again! Your darling little child is turning a year older and you want to make it as special as ever. So, are you planning to throw your child a big party with all their friends?

Have other birthday parties by fellow moms set the standards too high, increasing your stress level? No one wants to disappoint their child. It’s time to plan! Let us help you a little, will you?

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Kids Need Snacks

Just a cake, big return gifts, and some entertainment will not make the cut. Kids are forever hungry and you need to feed them to keep them happy and manageable. You don’t want them to get hungry and cranky, do you?

So, what do you do? Give them snacks of course! There are plenty of snack options to choose from. When it’s kids, it’s got to be easy, isn’t it? Wrong! Snacks for a birthday party are the most complicated part of planning a kid’s birthday party. Why? Because – they have to be healthy, can’t be junk, must be interesting, tasty and easy to eat for kids of different age groups.

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Snacks are smart, easy to make, and mess-free when compared to whole meals. However, they cannot be the regular boring variety or the store bought ones. They need to be creative, satiating, and interesting enough for a child to actually pick it up and put it in their mouth!

Don’t worry, we got you covered. Here are 10 birthday party snack ideas for kids to make the party a grand success:

1. Mini Pizzas

mini pizza

These are the smaller version of the delicious pizzas kids just love. Pizzas are the all-time party favorite snacks among kids and adults alike and sure to make your party menu a hit.

Ingredients

  • Coin pizza/mini pizza base (You can buy them readymade from your nearest bakery to save time)

For Sauce

  • Tomato sauce – ½ cup
  • Chili sauce – 2 tbsp
  • Chili flakes ½ tsp
  • Mixed herbs – 1 tsp

For Topping

  • Capsicum (chopped)
  • Onion (chopped)
  • Tomato (chopped)
  • Sweet corn
  • Jalapeno (chopped)
  • Olives (chopped)
  • Cheese (grated)
  • Chilli flakes
  • Mixed herbs

How to Prepare

Sauce 

  1. Take a medium sized mixing bowl.
  2. Add all ingredients for the sauce to the bowl.
  3. Mix well to ensure everything is well combined.
  4. Sauce is ready.

Pizza

  1. Half cook the pizza bases and set aside.
  2. On the half-cooked base, spread ½ tbsp of the sauce prepared.
  3. Top with all chopped vegetables as per your choice (you can get creative and create faces/shapes too).
  4. Garnish with 2tbsp cheese.
  5. Place on a tawa with a low flame.
  6. Cover and cook for few minutes till cheese melts (ensure you don’t burn the base).
  7. Top with chili flakes and herbs.
  8. Serve with a little ketchup if needed.
  9. You can also you an oven to prepare your pizzas in mig batches. This saves on your time too.

2. Potato and Cheese Croquettes

Potato and Cheese Croquettes

Kids are bound to love anything with potatoes in them. That is why we are sure these snacks will be a hit at your birthday party. This is one of the best kids’ birthday party finger food ideas.

Ingredients

  • Cheese – 50 gms
  • Oil – as required
  • Egg – 1
  • Bread crumbs – ½ cup
  • Flour – 1 cup

For Mixture

  • Potatoes (boiled and grated) – 1 cup
  • Oregano – 1 pinch
  • Marjoram – 1 pinch
  • Salt – to taste
  • Chili flakes – 1/4 tsp/li>
  • Pepper powder – ½ tsp
  • Parsley (chopped) – 1 tsp

How to Prepare

  1. Take a mixing bowl and all ingredients for the mixture and combine well.
  2. Take a little mixture, form it into a ball. Make a hole with your finger in the center and stuff with cheese. Now cover the hole, roll the ball well into a dumpling.
  3. Next, shape it into a croquette or a finger.
  4. Take another bowl and add flour, required pepper and salt, mix well and set aside.
  5. Whisk the egg in a bowl.
  6. Now take the croquette, roll it in the flour mixture, dip it in the egg and roll it in bread crumbs until coated evenly, and set aside.
  7. Heat the oil on medium flame and deep fry the croquettes till golden brown.
  8. Drain on to a paper bowl to drain excess oil.
  9. Serve with some ketchup and a side of cucumber or carrot sticks to add a healthy touch to the snack.

[Read : Healthy Snacks for Children Prepared at Home]

3. Taco Bar

Taco Bar

Kids love tacos and a taco bar is the perfect way to add some fun to the snacks. Here is the recipe for tacos with a side of pico de gallo.

Ingredients

  • Taco shells from store
  • White onion – 4 big
  • Tomatoes – 4 big (deseeded)
  • Jalapeno – 1
  • Garlic – 2 cloves peeled
  • Cilantro – half a bunch or lesser as kids don’t like leaves
  • Lime

How to Prepare and Serve

  1. Finely chop all vegetables and mix together to make salsa or pico de gallo.
  2. Season with lime and salt and refrigerate.
  3. Place taco shells and the salsa next to each other.

Kids can have fun with this snack since it allows them to personalize their taco. You can allow kids to scoop salsa into their taco shells with a spoon and eat immediately. In case kids are too young to do tacos on their own, you can fill the salsa into the taco and serve on the go.

4. Veggie Platters

Veggie Platters

Looking for some easy homemade snacks for a birthday party? This is one of the healthiest kids’ birthday party finger food ideas you can never go wrong with. Add in a dip and you have food for the adults too!

Ingredients

  • Cucumber
  • Carrots
  • Baby corn (blanched/roasted)
  • Red pepper
  • Yellow pepper
  • Cherry tomatoes

For Dill Dip

  • Mayonnaise – 1 cup
  • Sour cream – 1 cup
  • Dried parsley – 1tbsp
  • Dried dill weed – 1 1/2tbsp
  • Onion powder – 1/2tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Worcestershire Sauce – 2tsp
  • Lemon juice – 2tsp
  • Pepper to sprinkle

How to Prepare

Veggies

  1. Peel the cucumber and carrots.
  2. Cut all vegetables roughly the same size, in length to make easy finger foods.
  3. Arrange the vegetables in a nice pattern with the dip in a bowl in the center.
  4. Ensure there is an adult to serve the dip to the kids.

Dill Dip

  1. Mix all ingredients well together and refrigerate.
  2. Serve it fresh out of the fridge and don’t let it sit out for more than 2 hours.

5. Mini Burgers

Mini Burgers

Another “mini” birthday party snack food ideas, kids will love. You can personalise this as Indian snacks for children’s birthday parties by using some local spices. This is an excellent party snack idea if you plan to have adult guests as well.

Ingredients

  • Mini burger buns – sliced into halves
  • Bread crumbs – ½ cup
  • Flour – 1 cup

For Patty

  • Potatoes (boiled and mashed) – 4 big
  • Carrots (shredded) – 2 big
  • Green peas (boiled) – 1 cup
  • Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder – 1 tsp
  • Red chili powder – ½ tsp
  • Dry mango powder – 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste

For Slurry

  • Flour – 1tbsp
  • Corn flour – 1tbsp
  • Salt to taste

How to Prepare and Serve

  1. Mix the ingredients for slurry with a little water and keep aside (it should be a liquid consistency but not too watery).
  2. Combine all ingredients for the patty and mix well.
  3. Make small patties with your hands, to fit the burger buns.
  4. Dip the patty in cornstarch slurry.
  5. Coat with bread crumbs.
  6. Shallow fry in oil or ghee.
  7. Lightly toast the buns with ghee.
  8. Place the patty on half a burger bun.
  9. Top it with a piece of cheese slice.
  10. Cover it with the other bun.
  11. Poke a toothpick through it to hold it all in place (it’s easy for kids to take it off the plate too).

You can add some store bought burger mayonnaise to add to the taste but it is not a healthy option. If you are planning to serve the burgers to the adults, just add a thin slice of onion and tomato to either side of the patty and serve (kids will find it difficult to eat and cause a mess).

[Read : 10 Yummy Sandwich Recipes For Children]

6. Sandwiches

veg sandwich Birthday Party Snack Ideas for Kids

One of the birthday snacks ideas Indian households love! These are perfect for both kids and adults if you are looking for easy homemade snacks for birthday party.

Ingredients

  • Bread
  • Cucumber (sliced)
  • Tomato (sliced)
  • Salt
  • pepper
  • Butter
  • Mayonnaise/tomato sauce or any sauce of your choice.

How to Prepare

  1. Spread butter on bread slices and then apply any sauce of your choice on one side of the bread.
  2. Arrange the cucumber and tomato slices on the sauce side of the bread and season it as required.
  3. Place another bread on top with the sauce side facing downward.
  4. You can choose to cut off the brown crust if you wish. Now you can cut the sandwich into two triangles or four pieces to make it easy for tiny hand to hold.

7. Tortilla Chips and Dips

tortilla Chips and Dips

A tasty and easy to eat snacks for birthday party at home. Store bought chips go well with a homemade dip.

Ingredients

Store bought tortilla chips

For Cheesy Garlic Dip

  • Sour cream
  • Mayonnaise
  • Seasoning
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Mozzarella
  • Sugar

How to Prepare

Dip

  1. Mix all ingredients well in a bowl.
  2. Add seasoning as per taste.
  3. Consistency must be creamy.
  4. Refrigerate for 2 hours.

To serve, you can place the tortilla chips in a big bowl and have multiple small bowls with the dip. Children can easily dip the chips in the dip and have fun eating the snack.

8. Cupcakes

cupcake - Birthday Party Snack Ideas for Kids

Add a little frosting to vanilla cupcakes and this can be the safest dishes for birthday party at home.

Ingredients (all at Room Temperature)

For Cupcakes

  • Unsalted butter – ½ Cup
  • Granulated white sugar – 175 gms
  • Eggs – 2 large
  • Pure vanilla extract – 1tsp
  • Cake flour – 1 1/2 cups
  • Baking powder – 1 ½ tsp
  • Salt – ¼ tsp
  • Milk – 120 ml

For Frosting

  • Unsalted butter – ½ Cup
  • Pure vanilla extract – 1tsp
  • Confectioners’ sugar (icing or powdered sugar) – 230 gms
  • Milk – 2 tbsp

How to Prepare

Cupcakes

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degree.
  2. Line 36 mini muffin cups with liners.
  3. Beat butter until smooth with a hand mixer.
  4. Add in the sugar and vanilla extract and beat until its light and fluffy.
  5. Scrape down the sides with a silicon spatula.
  6. Add in eggs one at a time and beat well.
  7. In another bowl, sift all dry ingredients together for the cupcake and split into 3 parts.
  8. In the mixing bowl add the dry ingredients and milk part by part alternatively (beginning and ending with flour mixture).
  9. Fill the muffin cups with 2ybsp batter (leave 1/3rd of the cup for the muffin to rise).
  10. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  11. Insert a toothpick and pull it out to check if it comes out smooth.
  12. Remove and place on wire rack to cool down.

Frosting

  1. Beat butter until smooth with a hand mixer.
  2. Add in the sugar and vanilla extract and beat until its light and fluffy.
  3. Scrape down the sides with a silicon spatula.
  4. Add some milk to get the right piping consistency.

Fill a piping bag with a decorative tip. Pipe the frosting in some pattern in the cupcakes. Add some colour sprinkles to make it more attractive to kids.

[Read : 10 Quick And Easy Cupcake Recipes For Kids]

9. Fruit Salads

fruit salad -Birthday Party Snack Ideas for Kids

Another birthday party snacks for adults. Choose wisely and the kids might love it too.

Ingredients

  • Watermelon (deseeded and cubed)
  • Pomegranate (deseeded)
  • Bananas (peeled and sliced)
  • Grapes (green and seedless black)
  • Orange slices
  • Strawberries (diced)
  • Kiwi (diced)
  • Pineapple (diced)

How to Prepare

  1. Add all fruits to a mixing bowl.
  2. Add some honey and lemon zest and toss all together.

10. Popcorn

popcorn-Birthday Party Snack Ideas for Kids

These are perfect for not just movies but for snacks for birthday party at home too.

Ingredients

  1. Dry corn kernels
  2. Butter/ oil
  3. seasoning

How to Prepare

  1. Add some butter or oil to a hot kadai with a lid.
  2. Add the corn kernels and spread them around and cover with lid.
  3. Corn kernels will pop up, shake the kadai well to avoid kernels from not popping.
  4. Now open the lid, add some seasoning of your choice and you are done.

You can serve them in small paper cups to reduce the mess.

Providing the right food options is crucial in any party, especially for kids. Having snack options that can suit kids’taste buds and meet the parent’s approval is the key to a successful party. These birthday party snack ideas for kids are easy to make and appeal to the kids too.

Read Also: Top 20 Recipes That Involve Cooking Without Fire For Kids

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Rathnavalli Pradeep,BE in Computer Science from Bharathidasan university, Tirucharapalli.

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