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Party Planning: Birthday Party Snacks For Kids

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We all know that first birthday parties are hard to plan. Chances are, photos are the only way that your baby will know it ever happened, and yet it is such a milestone – a time to introduce new traditions. Your main guests will be adults for this one, but what kids do come, you want them to feel included and have a great time.

Sometimes choosing snacks for the party can be difficult. Bear in mind thought, that the snacks don’t have to be some specialty product to be fun and easy for the kids to eat. Here are some tips:

The Food Part

Since it is your baby’s first party, the guests can eat what the kids eats. It is their celebration after all! Choose toddler friendly foods that can be put into little pails with handles or small paper cups for little hands to hold onto. Easy to eat, fairly free of color, and small-sized foods are great picks. Wafers, cereals like Cheerios, small marshmallows, PB&J rolls, and shapes cut out of cheese are some ideas. If you are brave, make up some S’mores trail mix, have jello jiggler shapes, or even cheese puffs. If it fits your theme, great! If not, put your choices into little containers on the table so they will.

Gotta Have Something to Drink

While you may have certain beverages for the adults, the kids will want to sip on a drink throughout the party. Juice boxes are easy, but a lot of them are loaded with sugar. You can get a hold of some empty milk bottles and dip the tops in sprinkles and stick a straw in them. Mason jars are another great substitute for sippy cups.  Fill them with your desired beverage and put the lid on (decorated if you would like) and punch a hole in it for a straw. Use fun ideas like Kool-Aid ice cubes in water, milk in various flavors, or a little (baby-safe) food coloring dried on the bottom of the jar before filling with water (as it dissolves into the beverage, it changes the color).

The Fallout

It is pretty safe to say that by the time you get to having cake and ice cream, the energetic little people will be a disaster. Keep boxes of wet wipes out and about where parents can keep up on dirty hands and faces. Unscented sensitive skin wipes are a great choice when you don’t know who is allergic to certain things.

While We Are Talking About Allergies

It seems that more and more people and kids are allergic to various foods. Have a variety of snacks available, keeping the most common food allergies in mind. This will prevent any of your guests from being left out. Some common allergies are: milk and milk products, wheat and gluten, and peanuts or other.


The food of the celebration is just one cog in the whole machine of party planning. A great table layout and decorations will make everything come together as you want it to. After a handful of kids, I feel that birthdays are a great tradition to have within your family. The birthday kid may not understand it, but their siblings do. Now that all my kids are older, I cook their favorite dinner for them. Everyone still eats the same food that the birthday child has.

Have a great time and enjoy the day with your baby!


Photograph credit: Copyright (c) 123RF Stock Photos



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Contributed by Maddy Olson

Maddy Olson blogs on a variety of subjects, including children's birthday parties. Having four sons of her own, has prompted her to write about the parties she has planned and hosted.

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