It’s no secret that a birthday party just isn’t complete unless you have a birthday cake. The birthday cake is the center of all birthday celebrations. But birthday party snacking doesn’t have to be just about cake.
Some guests may not want or be able to eat cake. And some of the kids’ parents may want them to have something healthier in addition to, or as a substitute for, cake. For those who do have cake, it’s nice to have other, less sugary things to go with it. Here are some ideas for quick, and easy birthday party snacks.
Finger sandwiches are a must for any party. They’re easy to make, and you can make two or three different kinds to make everyone happy. Peanut butter and jelly, bologna and cheese, and chicken salad are some of the most popular choices.
There are lots of ways to make finger sandwiches more festive. If you have cookie cutters that go along well with the party’s theme, you could use them to cut the sandwiches into fun shapes. You could also add a toothpick to each sandwich with an added surprise, such as a small piece of fruit or a party favor.
Kabobs are lots of fun, and they are really easy to make. You don’t have to grill anything, and you can make miniature ones to suit the appetites of young guests.
Instead of using the large kabob sticks, use toothpicks to spear grapes, small berries, and cubes of fruit and cheese. You could also cut up come cocktail weenies and add them for extra flavor if you like. If the guests are really young, you might want to cut the sharp ends off of the toothpicks with a pair of strong scissors when you’re done. It’s a good idea to make plenty of these, because they’re usually quite popular.
Watermelons, cantaloupes, and other melons go very well with summer birthday parties. If you have a melon baller, you can make festive little balls out of a few different types and mix them up for an appealing snack. If you don’t have a melon baller, just cut the melons up into slices or cubes. They taste great either way.
There are lots of snack mix recipes available online. Most of them are very easy to make, requiring little more than mixing up a few ingredients. This is a great project for the kids if they want to help out with the birthday snacks.
With everything that goes into planning a birthday party, snacks are best kept simple. Combining standard snack foods or adding a bit of creativity to them will delight your guests while making things easier on you. So you get the best of both worlds.