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Fun kids party food ideas to help create the Yummm appeal!

When planning your kid’s party meals, you’ll want to keep things simple and theme-related. Also, since many children can be picky eaters, you’ll want to make sure you’re introducing them to familiar and enjoyable foods.

Kids party food ideas with a twist

Take common food and give them names related to the theme and you will have instant success with your little ones. They will be clamoring to eat their fun foods. Here are some ideas to get started:

Hot dogs – Served at a Scooby Doo themed party could be called Scooby Dogs. Serve them at a beach party and they’ll take on a new title as Octo-Dogs. If you’re throwing a dinosaur themed party, those same hot dogs instantly become Dino-Dogs. At a SpongeBob party, you could call them Squidward Dogs.

Burgers – Serve your basic burger at a construction themed party and you could call them Bulldozer Burgers. Serve them at a SpongeBob party and they could be called Krabby Patties.

French fries – At a SpongeBob party they must be Krab Fries.

Pizza – It becomes Plankton’s Pizza at a SpongeBob party.

Macaroni and cheese – Serve the kid’s favorite party food at a Curious George party and call it Monkey Mac & Cheese. At a Hello Kitty party, you can dye it pink and call it Purr-fect Pink Mac & Cheese. For a rubber ducky party, the cheesy duck-a-roni is in order.

Chicken Nuggets – For a pirate party, call them Golden Nuggets or Fools Gold.

Ultimately, what you want to do is think of words that are associated with your topic and see if you can incorporate them into your food titles. All you have to do is make some fun signs and place them next to every entree or snack on your buffet table. This will instantly give your kids party food table Yummmm Appeal! Everything tastes better when you have a fun party name.


There is no need to stress unnecessarily. Prepare as much food as possible the day before the party. You can cut or buy fresh vegetables and fruits that are ready-made and cut. Just be sure to put your raw veggies in cold water to keep them fresh, and coat your apples with lemon juice to prevent them from turning brown.


If you’ve decided to make your own birthday cake, consider baking it a few days or a week in advance and freezing it. Then, the day before the party, defrost and decorate. Alternatively, buy a cake that is already frosted and then all you have to do is accessorize it with themed decorations and a birthday greeting.


To free up space in the refrigerator, place bottles of water, juice, and cartons of milk in coolers with ice. If you plan to serve punch, start a week in advance and freeze the punch in your ice cube trays and place the punch cubes in ZipLoc bags in the freezer. Then on the day of the party, they’ll be ready to add to your punch bowl, along with the other ingredients.

Bottom line: just remember to stay familiar, think fun, think theme, and you’ll be creating yummmm appeal in no time!

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