Spending all of your time preparing food, cleaning the house and serving guests is not an enjoyable way to experience your child’s birthday. Selecting easy finger foods means less preparation and cleanup time than fancy snacks or a full meal. Finger foods are also handy because guests can serve themselves and the portions are small enough to fit into little hands.
Celery’s natural cup shape makes the stalks easy to stuff. Serve celery sticks smeared with peanut butter and sprinkled with raisins, as long as you’re sure no guests have a peanut allergy. Try cream cheese-stuffed celery sprinkled with diced strawberries for a sweet nibble, or sunflower seeds, shredded cheddar and ranch salad dressing smeared inside each stick for a tangy snack.
Spiral wraps are easy to create and visually attractive, and they provide an opportunity for kids to help prepare for the birthday party. Layer cheese, meat and vegetables on a tortilla and roll the tortilla up tightly. Make sure kids stand by with toothpicks as you slice off 1-inch thick pieces from the roll. Kids can stick each slice with a toothpick to secure the roll together and arrange the snacks on a tray. Try a flour tortilla with honey ham, cheddar, lettuce and mayonnaise for a simple wrap or a whole wheat tortilla with light ranch dressing, turkey, lettuce and tomato for a healthier version.
Fruit and Dip
Healthy and sweet, fresh fruit sticks are easy to throw together for a child’s birthday party. Slice an assortment of crisp apples and pears to serve as sturdy dippers for the creamy dip. Serve raspberry yogurt for a healthy dip or mix cherry yogurt, honey and a little vanilla extract for a sweet treat. Cut banana and pineapple spears for island-themed finger food. Serve the tropical treats with coconut cream or mango-flavored applesauce for dipping.
Let kids help you create toast tips and dip to get them involved in planning the party. Ask your little one to toast up as many slices of bread as needed to keep guests nibbling during the entire celebration. Help them cut the toast into four pieces and arrange them on a plate. Serve plain toast tips with cheddar cheese dip for a classic snack or cinnamon-raisin toast tips with a maple syrup and applesauce dip for a rich finger food.
Kids and pizza are a classic combination, especially for a birthday party. Have kids help you smear pizza sauce on sliced mini bagels. Sprinkle with chopped pepperoni and shredded mozzarella cheese. Or create mini pizza slices with sliced English muffins. Top the muffins as you would the bagels, then cut each muffin half into fourths to create mini slices.