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A princess party has to be elegant, from the way the room is decorated to the birthday party food being served. Ideas for food fit for a princess are usually pretty similar to the menu at most tea shops.
Delicate sandwiches are very simple to make. Simply cut the crust off a loaf of bread, make your sandwiches as you normally would and then cut them into little triangles or squares. Little girls love being able to pick up food with cocktail picks instead of fingers when they are in princess mode, so be sure to stick picks in some of the sandwiches.
Tea in delicate cups is another essential part of a princess party. Plenty of milk and sugar is the key to happy tea drinkers at this age. Make sure you have twice as much as you think you'll need on hand. Thirty little girls can drink a gallon of milk and use up a two pound bag of sugar over several hours as they go back for tea refills.
A mini cake for each girl, delicately frosted with flowers is a nice change from the traditional birthday cake. An assortment of traditional tea sweets is also a good idea.
Of course, despite the fun of eating and drinking like grown up ladies, the girls still love their favorites. You may want to try serving mini bagel pizzas, chicken nuggets and other finger foods at another table, too.
No birthday party can go without liquid nourishment to compliment the meal. Birthday party drinks don't make the event, but they certainly can make the celebration more fun. Here are some birthday party drinks to try:
Make a roasted pear Bellini. To make this drink, you'll need one part roasted pear puree, one part pear nectar, and then top it off with champagne –all in a glass flute.
Make a tropical punch everyone can enjoy. Mix ginger ale with pineapple juice and orange juice. The whole party will be instantly refreshed.
For the cocktail birthday party, try an apple martini. You'll need vodka, apple schnapps, and sweet and sour mix. Shake the concoction and pour into a martini glass.
For kid's parties, the key is to keep food choices uncomplicated. Simple birthday party food is best at a party for children. Save your gourmet presentations for the adults. In case you're trying to come up with some menu ideas, we've put together some suggestions for simple birthday party food you can serve at kid's parties:
When you are planning a menu for the toddler age group, making the food exciting can be a bit of a challenge. After all, while adults enjoy different textures and tastes, toddlers think change is just gross. Give them bland, familiar foods and they are delighted. For birthday food for toddlers, you should:
For a grown-up birthday party affair that doesn't involve a sit down dinner, try hosting a cocktail party. You can serve mixed drinks and hors d'oeuvres and your guests can get together and mingle. Here are some tasty birthday party foods for your party to dine on:
At birthdays, everybody expects to see the birthday cake at the end of the meal. But if you want to make a change or serve other desserts in lieu of a birthday cake, there are many more birthday party desserts you can try. Here is our list of birthday party desserts, besides the standard cake:
Cupcakes – Cupcakes can be a wonderful substitute for the tried and true traditional birthday cake. Stack several of them in tiers or decorate individual cupcakes with letters or a birthday theme.
Peanut Butter Wontons – These aren't your traditional wontons. Filled with peanut butter and deep-fried, peanut butter wontons are marvelous with a chocolate sauce.
Cake Ice Cream Cones - Bake cake mix in a muffin tin. Serve the cake, covered with frosting and sprinkles, in ice cream cones.
Snowball ice cream - Desserts are twice as fun when the guests get to make it themselves. Throw ice cream ingredients into a snowball ice cream maker, let the guests toss it around, and you'll have a dessert ready in 20 minutes.
For kids that love animals, a farm animal party can be a lot of fun. Party food for this party can include so many things, from a big tractor cake to bowls of bunny-shaped cheese crackers.
Picnics are laid-back way to get friends and family together for a birthday outing. If you're planning an outdoor event, check out our list of suggestions for picnic birthday party foods to keep the guests well fed and smiling.
Birthday celebrations with classmates is exciting, but can be frustrating when trying to find a healthy alternative to cupcakes and cookies. Here are some fun recipes the kids can do together as an entertaining party activity.
Recipes for Healthy Treats for Birthday Celebrations at School
Serving size 12
Prep Time: 30 minutes
12 strawberries, hulled
12 pieces cantaloupe
12 pieces mandarin oranges
12 pieces of pineapple
12 pieces of kiwi fruit
12 pieces of honeydew melon
12 bamboo or disposable skewers.
Serving size 12
Prep time: 10 minutes
12 cups of vanilla yogurt
6 cups of granola
48 blueberries or strawberries chopped
Serving Size 12
Prep time: 10 minutes
6 red apples
3/4 cups raisins
3 tablespoons butter
24 thin pretzel sticks
Your child is really into one of the big super heroes and you've decided to throw a superhero birthday party. However, you just can't come up with a good birthday food idea for the party. What do superheroes eat?
Wonder Woman is so well known for her golden lariat. Although it is red instead of gold, shoestring licorice makes a nice substitute for that fancy weapon of hers. Rock candy becomes a dangerous weapon for criminals to use against Superman when it is labeled as Kryptonite.
For Spiderman fans, try making your own spiders. Peanut butter, round crackers and pretzel sticks make these creepy critters. Make a peanut butter cracker sandwich and push four pretzel sticks into each side to form the eight legs. Use a dab of peanut butter as glue to put cereal eyes on the spiders. (Any rounded cereal shape will work for this.)
If you have bat and spider shaped cookie cutters left over from Halloween, you can make several fun food ideas.
Transformers are back in style. You've agreed to throw a Transformer party for your child and then he or she drops the bomb. You can come up with some kids' birthday food ideas that stick to the Transformer theme, right? Well, food doesn't usually change from a delicious morsel to a car and back again, no matter how excited the kids would be. However, you can make some related party treats.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|