Kids Birthday Party Food

Kids Birthday Party Food - Kids birthday parties offer unique challenges to parents, depending on how old the child is. You need to make sure that you choose kids birthday party menu items that even the most finicky eaters will enjoy. You need to be careful about food allergies.

You also need to avoid anything that could be a choking hazard for kids. You want children and the adults at your party to be happy to be there and the right food selection can make all of the difference here. These are some great suggestions for kids birthday party food you to consider that are perfect for any party and any budget.

First Birthdays

First Birthdays

First birthday parties are generally more for the parents and adults in the baby’s life than it is for the baby, so that everyone can celebrate this milestone. There will still likely be kids there, so you need to take that into consideration when planning out foods. Here are some great options to consider:

  • Loaded Nachos/Nacho Bar (so people can add extra toppings on their nachos)
  • Deviled Eggs
  • Pasta Salad
  • Potato Salad
  • Hot Dogs
  • Cheeseburgers
  • Pizza
  • Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Assorted Mini-Sandwiches
  • Cheese and Crackers

For younger kids, avoid options like cut up hot dogs and instead choose items like bananas, yogurts, crackers, or puddings for the littler ones. This is to avoid any potential choking hazards.

Toddler Birthday Parties

At toddler parties, choosing finger food options are usually the best choice for the children and the adults. Parents won’t want to have a plate of food that they can drop as they chase around their kids. This will also give kids something to eat as they walk around, because you can’t expect toddlers to sit still to eat. Some great options to think about here include:

  • Crostini
  • Sliders
  • Sandwiches cut into much smaller pieces for finger food
  • Veggies and Dip
  • Fruit and Dip
  • Chicken Nuggets
  • Mini-Bagel Pizzas

You can choose to put some items like fruit or chicken nuggets on skewers to make them more finger foodie, but you do have to be careful with skewers and kids.

Kids Birthday Party Food Menu Ideas

Kids Birthday Party

Older kid parties require a decent balance of foods for all of the guests. For older kids, you may end up choosing options that are more snack-centric than actual food especially if you just have the teens over. Some options to choose include:

  • Pizza
  • Chips and Dip
  • Popcorn
  • Quesadillas
  • Macaroni and Cheese Bar (kids can choose what toppings they want)
  • Grilled Cheeses
  • Hummus and Pita Chips

You can also choose any of the aforementioned items to have a nice, well-rounded menu.



No party, especially a party for kids, would be complete without some deliciously sweet treat. For the most part, people opt for having a big cake where kids can blow out candles. These can be pretty affordable, depending on where you get them, and you can get them designed to match the theme of the party. There are other options to consider as well, such as:

  • Cupcakes
  • Ice Cream Sundae Bar
  • S’mores
  • Donuts

You can use these options in addition to a smaller cake so that you can still give your child the ability to blow out a candle without having as much of a hassle cutting the cake and putting out the cake slices.

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