15 Fun And Tasty Recipes For Your Kid's Next Birthday Party
Birthday parties are the perfect opportunity to serve up some festive dishes to celebrate your child. These 15 birthday party-perfect recipes strike that sweet spot where kid-friendly fare overlaps with flavorful cuisine, and they come with a healthy dose of whimsy ideally suited for the occasion.
It's no secret that pizza counts among many kids' most beloved dishes, and these fried pizza rolls, consisting of pizza toppings enclosed in eggroll wrappers, pack plenty of saucy, cheesy goodness into a brilliantly-portable format.
Orange Sherbet Punch
"Sherbet punch" may feel like a throwback, but it's the best kind of vintage recipe: one with an appeal that spans generations and still brings a party vibe to any get-together. Kids will love this virgin punch's vivid colors and bright fruit flavors.
Fruit Skewers with Apple Cinnamon Dipping Sauce
"Loved this! Took to a party and it was the first appetizer gone! Will definitely make again!" raves reviewer carrie about this nutritious snack. You can customize to your family's tastes by adding your fruits of choice to the skewers.
Baked Buffalo Chicken Strips
Crowd-pleasing chicken fingers are excellent vessels for dipping sauces, and if your kids are fans of ranch dressing, then they'll love to dunk these baked chicken strips, which soak in a Buffalo-seasoned marinade before going in the oven.
Ruby the Magical Unicorn Dip
This Instagrammable rainbow dip seems specifically designed for kids' birthday parties, and the blend of marshmallow creme, cream cheese, cacao wafers, and rainbow sprinkles works just as well with cookies and graham crackers as it does with sliced fruit and berries.
Easy Baked Falafel with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce
These baked falafel "meatballs" manage to be both healthy and fun to eat, and if you're worried about carnivorous kids turning up their noses at these vegetarian bites, then take the word of reviewer ceejay who says, "Delicious and easy to make! Even my meat-eater husband enjoyed them!"
This recipe for cupcakes baked inside ice cream cones explains how to make a batter from scratch, but plenty of commenters claim that the formula works just as well with boxed cake mix. Plus, because the edible ice cream cones remove the need for cupcake wrappers, these treats are low-waste!
Watermelon Cooler Slushy
The kids can cool down from playing outside with a frosty slushy. All you need is watermelon, lime juice, sugar, and ice.
Slider-Style Mini Burgers
Easy to grab, easy to serve, and easy to customize, burger sliders are a satisfying and low-stress way to feed a group. These sliders take inspiration from the famous versions made at White Castle, using onion soup mix to season the beef and combining the cheese right into the patties.
This frozen spin on a campfire staple involves very easy assembly and just four ingredients. If you want to up the s'mores factor, follow the advice of reviewer Marilyn and "add a few mini marshmallows to the ice cream & pudding layers."
Jan's Pretzel Dogs
By combining soft pretzels and hot dogs, this recipe turns two iconic fairground treats into one delicious hand-held snack.
Cake decorating novices can rest assured that these frog-themed cupcakes don't require any artistic expertise. With some green sugar, decorative icing, and marshmallows, you too can make these cheerful baked goods at home.
Quick and Easy Dirt Cups
By layering chocolate pudding, crushed chocolate sandwich cookies, and whipped cream, you can make a "dirt cup", one of the easiest and most kid-approved desserts ever created. Don't forget to add a colorful gummy worm!
You'll only need three ingredients to make kettle corn: popcorn kernels, sugar, and vegetable oil. But the end product offers a more pronounced sweet-and-savory flavor than its simplicity may imply. "If you use white sugar, it will taste like popcorn balls and if you use brown sugar, it will taste like caramel corn," advises recipe creator SUE202.
Frozen bananas dipped in chocolate and peanut butter are delicious and the fact that they're carried around on skewers makes them simple and enjoyable to eat. Recipe creator kelsey urges you to "play around with the ingredients a little — you can use almond butter, cashew butter, cashews, granola, or whatever sounds good!"