Have you ever thrown a kid’s birthday party where you’ve had to serve food to kids? Spoiler alert! Its a lot of preparation, serving, and clean up.
If you’re not looking forward to the food at your child’s next party, maybe it’s time to think outside of the box.
When I host parties for kids, I like to plan a menu that my younger guests will not only enjoy, but also will be appealing to adults. I’ve found that finger foods are some of the easiest to assemble and are cleanest for kids to eat.
Links to official recipes are embedded in the recipe name – I hope you enjoy my list of favorites!
These finger foods are broken down into a few categories:
What are the Best Savory Finger Foods for a Kids Party?
Confetti Pinwheels (Tortillas or Bread)
- Tortillas or Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
- Cheese Filling: Cream cheese, shredded cheese (cheddar, Swiss or Monterey jack)
- ‘Confetti’: Jalapeno peppers, red onions, tomato and lettuce are my favorites)
The first step is to spread cream cheese on one tortilla. Then layer shredded cheese on top of the cream cheese. Then add your chopped veggies and roll it up tight like a burrito. Repeat until you have enough for everyone at your party! Then cut them into slices and enjoy!
Ham and Cheese Roll-Ups
Ham and Cheese Roll-Ups are a childhood favorite: simple to make, easy to transport and require no utensils—a win! Just spread some cream cheese on your choice of tortilla (we recommend white or whole wheat), add ham slices along with some cheddar cheese slices, roll up tightly then wrap in plastic wrap or place in a container for storage until ready for serving.
Baked Mini Quiches
Baked mini quiches are the perfect finger food for your child’s birthday party. Kids love them and they are so easy to make! You can even make these ahead of time, which makes preparation an absolute breeze.
Quiche is also a versatile dish that can be made with almost any filling you can imagine, including vegetables and meats. And if you happen to have some leftovers around the house (and who doesn’t?), this recipe is an awesome way to use them up!
Mini Corn Dogs
Mini corn dogs are a great finger food for kids. They can be made easily and served easily, making them perfect for parties. Plus, your kids will love eating them because they’re so yummy!
BBQ Crockpot Meatballs
You can also prepare a double batch of meatballs in the crockpot and serve them with toothpicks. This makes it easy to grab a few at a time, and they won’t be as messy as if you had served them on skewers.
Serve the meatballs with ketchup or barbecue sauce for dipping. You can also serve your meatballs on top of bread or rolls for an even easier finger food experience!
Mini Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
For this finger food idea, you’ll need:
- White bread (preferably whole wheat if possible)
- A cookie cutter that fits on top of your muffin tin and will give you mini circles. If you don’t have one, use a round cutter to make the circles instead.
- Mini muffin tins (and paper liners if using them)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut out all the white bread rounds using your cookie cutter or round cutter. Place them into mini muffin tins lined with paper cupcake liners if desired. Bake for 10 minutes until golden brown on top and bottom of each sandwich. Remove from oven and serve warm!
What are the Best Sweet Finger Foods for a Kids Party?
Have you ever tried making marshmallow pops? These are a great idea for kids birthday party finger food. It’s so simple, yet they look super cute and taste amazing. You can get these ready in advance and then just put them out on the table when everyone wants to snack.
What are the Best Healthy Finger Foods for a Kids Party?
Colorful Fruit Kabobs
Kabobs are a great way to get kids to eat fruit. They’re colorful, fun and easy to make in advance. You can use any fruit you’d like—strawberries and pineapple work well with this recipe but you could also try bananas or even melon balls!
Apple Chips with Cinnamon Snickerdoodle Dip
I love serving this as an appetizer at a kid’s birthday party because it’s sweet, but not too sweet. The apples have a nice crunch to them that goes well with the cinnamon dip.
Baked Apple Chips (bake at 250 degrees on parchment paper)
- 3 apples, I used Gala and Granny Smith
- 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Cinnamon Dip (mix all ingredients together)
- 4 ounces low fat cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon butter, softened
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
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