Party Food for Kids

Party Food for Kids

Planning and food ideas

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Kids love a party, but they can be tricky to cater for.

Try these ideas to make your next kid’s party tasty and fun.

Keep it simple

  • Sliced fresh fruit like oranges, kiwifruit, watermelon and rock melon.
  • Seasonal fruit like berries, stone fruits and grapes (cut up for children under three).
  • Fruit kebabs can be fun way to serve fruit (cut up fresh fruit and put on a popsicle stick).
  • Wholegrain crackers and breads with dips like hummus, tzatziki, salsa or beetroot.
  • Fruit bread or buns.
  • Yoghurt or custard in cups topped with fruit.
  • Cheese and vegetable platter. Make it fun by serving pieces on toothpicks (for older kids).
  • Simple sandwiches like cheese, tomato, roast meat and egg. Cut them up into ribbons, triangles or fancy shapes.
  • Nibble platter - a mix of fruit, vegetables, dried fruit, cheese, meatballs, boiled eggs wholegrain crackers and breads.

Foods that need a bit more time to prepare

Think ‘easy to eat’ like finger food and food that can be held in small hands:

  • mini pizzas
  • muffin quiches (quiche mixture cooked in muffin tins)
  • pizza scrolls - filled with tomato, capsicum, mushroom, pineapple, ham and cheese
  • meat or chicken balls
  • vegetable pikelets or fritters
  • homemade sausage rolls.


  • Water is the best drink to quench thirst. Have jugs on the table. If you are out of the home, a good tip is to  ask children to bring their own water bottle. It is a good idea to bring extra water and cups to offer as well.

Food safety tips

  • Eskys and ice-blocks can be used to keep fresh food cool if refrigerator space is limited.
  • Don’t put all the food out at once to avoid food waste. Refill platters as needed.
  • Refrigerate leftovers and use within  one to two days.

Read more about being food safe

Other things to think about

  • When planning your party, think about any special dietary needs. Check with parents beforehand about any allergies or intolerance.
  • Keep children away from cooking areas  to avoid burns.
  • Plan plenty of games and activities to keep children busy and having fun. Outdoor parties are great for this. See BBQ and picnics for more ideas.

What about those traditional party foods?

If you are serving birthday cake, consider making this the main sweet item of the party.

While parties are a good chance to celebrate with foods like chips, savoury meats, biscuits, lollies and chocolate try not to let these foods be the main fare. Serve some of these foods alongside all the types of food on offer. Let children decide what and how much they eat.

More information

Read more about menu planning for kid's parties