Creative Menu Ideas for Your Child’s Birthday Party!
(or in other words, what to serve when you’re tired of serving pizza!)
Pizza is served at about 99% of the birthday parties that my children attend and it’s not surprising since it’s easy, inexpensive and kid friendly! But, if you’re looking for some equally simple menu suggestions with a little more pizzazz, this is the article for you!
Make it Easy – Fun Store Bought Options
- Kentucky Fried Chicken
- 3 or 6 foot hoagies
- Stouffer’s Frozen Macaroni and Cheese or Lasagna
- Kids’ Meals from your favorite fast food spot
Not too Hard – Set Up a Food Bar!
These ideas revolve around the “bar” concept (not the cocktail version!) – that is, selecting a main dish and then adding an assortment of toppings that will make great accompaniments and allow the kids to choose their own favorites! When you follow the “make your own” approach, preparing the meal almost becomes a party activity!
- Baked Potato Bar - with sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, bacon bits, chopped onion, and chili
- Taco Bar – with ground beef, taco shells, lettuce, tomato, salsa, cheese and sour cream
- Pasta Bar – two or three varieties of cooked pasta served with a choice of marinara, vodka or alfredo cheese sauces with parmesan cheese and garlic bread on the side
- Tater Tot Bar - cook up tons of these little favorites and serve with sides of ketchup, cheese sauce, barbeque sauce or honey mustard
- Make Your Own Pizza Bar - This is a great option especially if your kids insist on pizza! Using individual sized, pre-made pizza crusts such as a Boboli, offer tomato sauce, shredded cheese, pepperoni, onions, olives, peppers, and fresh basil!
- Chili Bar – make your favorite chili recipe with toppings on the side such as cheddar cheese, sour cream, bacon, onions, nachos, and corn bread
- Hot Dog Bar - serve this All American favorite with cheese sauce, chili, onions, relish, ketchup and mustard (This isn’t for the little ones due to the choking hazard with hotdogs!)
Round Out Your Menu
- Fill a basket with an assortment of drinks – a variety of juice boxes, mini Snapples, and small water bottles
- Fill another basket with individually sized snacks – yogurt, pudding, jello, and apple sauce
- Small bowls or baskets filled with fresh fruit salad, pretzels, chips, goldfish or nachos
All you’ll need now is the birthday cake and a great party plan! For some terrific party preparation strategies, make sure that you take a look at Essential Advice for Planning the Best Birthday Party! And while these ideas may not be completely extraordinary, perhaps you haven’t previously considered them for a child’s birthday party or maybe you haven’t given the “bar” approach a try!
No matter what you choose to serve, accept my very best wishes for a happy birthday celebration filled with unique menu offerings and nary a pizza in sight!
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