Finger Foods for Children's Parties

Updated April 17, 2017

You've got enough on your plate when planning your child's party, such as trying to figure how many kids to invite, the location, cake and decorations. Don't overload yourself with a complicated food menu. There's no need for a sit-down type of meal with utensils and a set table. Simply set out some easy finger foods that children can enjoy as they please throughout the party. The children will be focused on having fun anyway.

Chicken Nuggets

Chicken nuggets are easy to make and serve. Pick up a bag of all-white-meat frozen nuggets and heat them up in the oven right before the party. Serve the nuggets with several types of dipping sauce such as ketchup, mustard, barbecue sauce, and sweet and sour. Look for chicken nuggets that come shaped like animals, something kids will love.

Ants on a Log

Get the children to eat their veggies by serving a tray of "ants on a log." Cut celery stalks in half lengthwise. Spread peanut butter inside of each celery half. Top with raisins, the "ants". If there are any peanut butter allergies, fill some of the celery halves with cream cheese.

Cut-up Hot Dogs

Serve hot dogs in buns and slice them into bite-sized piece. Serve with ketchup and mustard on the side. Offer a variety of hot dogs such as all beef, kosher and Polish sausage.

English Muffin Pizzas

Kids love pizza and these ones are quick and easy to make. Split the English muffins in half and spread pasta sauce on each half. Sprinkle a little salt, pepper, oregano on top of the sauce. Top with shredded mozzarella cheese. Bake the pizzas on a foil-lined baking tray for about 10 minutes at 182 degrees C, until the cheese starts to bubble and turn golden-brown.

Sweet Crisps

Serve the kids a healthier version of crisps that they can munch on to their heart's content. To make the chips, peel and slice sweet potatoes paper thin. Drizzle olive oil onto the chips and sprinkle with salt, pepper and paprika. Place the chips onto a baking tray in a single layer and bake at 232 degrees Cor about 20 minutes, until the chips are crispy. Serve with a sweet cinnamon dip. To make the dip, combine one cup of plain or vanilla yoghurt with one teaspoon of cinnamon and two to three tablespoons of honey.

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Based in Los Angeles, Zora Hughes has been writing travel, parenting, cooking and relationship articles since 2010. Her work includes writing city profiles for Groupon. She also writes screenplays and won the S. Randolph Playwriting Award in 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in television writing/producing and a Master of Arts Management in entertainment media management, both from Columbia College.