When it’s time to plan your party, don’t miss out on these 5 kids party menu ideas!
Sure, you could always hire a caterer, but why splash out when you can go DIY! The good news is: creating a delicious kids party menu for your small party guests will love doesn’t have to time-consuming or expensive. In fact, providing your own, homemade meal can actually be cheaper than ordering a sheet pizza with wings.
The key is to keep the meal simple, kid-friendly, and to always have peanut butter and jelly on hand for the one child who will eat nothing but peanut butter and jelly.
So, here are some fast and easy kids’ party menu ideas that will make your party a hit.
Call Upon the Power of Your Slow Cooker!
Looking for flexibility? Your slow cooker is the way to go. You can prepare the party menu the day before (or days in advance, even freezing it if you want to), and then plop it into the slow cooker the morning of the party.
Slow-cooker kids party menus are ready when you’re ready. If you planned to have lunch at 12:30 but the scavenger hunt took longer than expected, your food will be waiting for you, nice and warm at 1:15.
Some kid-friendly slow-cooker party menu ideas include: sloppy joes, chili, macaroni and cheese, pulled pork or chicken, and baby back ribs. Here is the world’s most simple yet delicious party slow-cooker recipe:
Package(s) of sandwich buns.
Cut of pork shoulder or pork butt
A large jar of your favorite barbecue sauce.
Place pork in slow cooker. Pour barbecue sauce on top. Cook on low for 8-10 hours on slow, or 4-6 hours on high, until the fat in the pork breaks down enough that the pork can be shredded. Serve pulled pork on sandwich buns. Great sides include: coleslaw, applesauce, or potato salad – delicious!
Have the Kids Make their Own party snack or Meal!
Make your child’s birthday party menu ideas a group activity! Kids will love making their own pizzas, kebabs, or tacos.
You will need a large work station and enough ingredients for everyone. Have kids wash their hands, push up their sleeves, and get busy creating their own delicious meals and pary snacks. Here are some ideas:
DIY pizzas are great for all the kids – because who doesn’t like pizza? There are a plenty of crust options too: canned biscuit dough, English muffins, bagels, tortillas, pita bread, or divided pizza dough from the store or your favorite pizza place are all great options.
For the sauce, let the kids scoop their desired amount using small gravy ladle or a spoon and make sure you provide a variety of toppings.
Topping ideas include: cheese, pepperoni, mushrooms, ham, pineapple, olives, onions, peppers, bacon, and sausage. Have the kids assemble their own pizzas, and then bake several at a time in the oven.
Mix-n-Match Kebabs are a great barbecue kids meal idea, but the recipe will also work in the oven. This particualr kids party menu idea takes a little extra prep work simply because you don’t want the little guys handling raw meat, so cook the beef, chicken, and tenderloin beforehand (plus ou will save cooking time when it comes time to eat!).
Give the kids skewers and a different ingredients so that they can mix-and-match their own shish kebabs.
Ideas include: 2-inch pieces of chuck roast, pork tenderloin, and chicken; cut up pineapple, watermelon, cantaloupe, apricots, and peaches; bacon, onion, potato chunks, red and green peppers, zucchini slices, and bacon. For the aduls, go ahead and splurge on some shrimp!).
Have the kids skewer their ingredients, throw them on the grill or in the oven for a few minutes, and voila! Shish kebab party snacks for everyone!
If you’re having a Lego Movie party, Taco Tuesday on a Thursday (or whatever day the week it is) – Tacos are a must. And hey, they’re easy to make too.
Brown some ground beef, shred some chicken, and give kids access to: soft and hard taco shells, meat, salsa, guacamole, sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, olives, onions, and anything else Lord Business would put on a taco. Cook up a big pot of Spanish rice, and you have yourself a simple, delicious party menu idea that kids will go crazy for!
Have a Spaghetti Bar
Spaghetti, meatballs, sauce, and some Parmesan cheese. Line up the ingredients, line up the kids, and you have a cheap and hearty kids party food idea.
We’re talking about $1.50 per kid. Make it extra simple and buy frozen meatballs at the supermarket. Serve with crusty bread on a checkered tablecloth, and you’ve got yourself the cheapest but fanciest party menu idea in town. (Let kids slurp the noodles- it’s a party!)
So there you have it, these are easy and delicious kids party food ideas will please both the sophisticated and simple taste palette alike. And hey, if one of your little guests balk, you always have the peanut butter and jelly as a back up.
Let us know some of your go-to kids party food ideas in the comments bellow.