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Party Ideas for Kids: Fun Finger Food

Aug 28, 2008
If you are planning a birthday party for your child, one of the most important considerations should be the food you plan on serving. After all; what kid doesn't love to eat?

Finger foods are a great menu choice for kids of all ages. Many of the choices are quite low on the "messy scale," easy to make and just plain fun to eat! (Yes, even when you are preparing them.)You don't need a plate, fork, or spoon.

You are really only limited by your creativity and your budget. Finger foods work best when they are 100% edible that means nothing to pick out or cut off. They include things like cheese and crackers, fruit and a variety of little sandwiches, just to name a few.

Cut the crusts off of white bread and spread with cream cheese and jelly. A combination of cream cheese and a thin slice of cucumber works well too. Cut in quarters.

Cut a small dinner roll in half. Remove some of the bread to make a hollow. Stuff the hollow with chicken, ham or tuna salad. Serve as a topless sandwich with the fillings showing.

Hollow out cherry tomatoes, salt lightly and place upside down on a paper towel to drain for a few minutes. Stuff with cottage cheese mixed with ranch dip.

Deviled eggs are easy and quick and most children like them.

Stuff celery stalks with peanut butter and raisins, spreadable cheese, or cream cheese then cut into bite size chunks.

Baby vegetables intrigue children. Serve baby patty pan squash, zucchini, string beans, and carrots with or without a dip. If you decide on a dip make it with cottage cheese whirled in a blender till smooth, that's a healthier choice than sour cream or mayonnaise.

Spread small tortillas with refried beans, grated cheese and a bit of mild salsa. Fold as for a burrito, tucking the ends in, then cut in half. These can be served at room temperature.

Crackers are available in almost every shape and flavor imaginable. Graham crackers are even fair game, in this case. Younger kids will appreciate those that are animal shaped, such as Teddy Grahams.

Pineapple chunks, apple slices, grapes or raisins, strawberries, banana chunks and peach slices all make great finger foods. Whether you serve them with or without some type of fruit dip, kids will love them.

Buy miniature hot dogs and serve with dips of ketchup, bbq sauce, and a mild honey mustard sauce. French fries are delicious with these sauces as well. Children love chicken wing drummets. Buy them prepared or make them yourself. If you buy them get the plain ones.

Keep portions tiny so little fingers can handle these fun finger food ideas.
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Dee Power is the author of several nonfiction books. Pick up your free booklet Party Ideas for Kids Dee's hobbies include gardening and cooking.
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