We’ve got quick and easy snack ideas for parties of all ages
You’ve been prepping for weeks for your kids’ upcoming birthday party. How’s that menu coming along? If you’ve put the food off because you don’t know where to start, fear not. We’ve gathered up a slew of birthday party snacks that include sweets, savory sides, and even healthy options that kids of all ages will enjoy. All that’s left is to decide on the cake, and we’ve got you covered there, too!
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Baby & Toddler Birthday Party Snack Ideas
Baby Trail Mix
Looking for a simple (but healthy) snack for your upcoming baby or toddler party? You'll find both with this baby trail mix recipe from Smart School House. Made with freeze-dried strawberries, yogurt melts, and berry Cheerios, this simple birthday party snack is great for morning or afternoon parties and can be scooped into cups so little hands can stay busy while snacking.
You don’t have to be Martha Steward to whip up your own yogurt melt for a baby’s party! This easy recipe requires one ingredient (hint: it’s yogurt!) and just a little freeze time. Get creative with different flavors, then divvy up in cups for the perfect (not too messy) snack for party time.
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Little Kid Birthday Party Snack Ideas
Chocolate Covered Pretzels
A bowl of plain pretzels? Not for your party. The best part? They are easy to make because you're starting with store-bought food, AND you can personalize them to your liking! Just grab the chocolate of your choice and lots of fun, celebratory sprinkles to take this birthday party snack from The View from Great Island up a notch!
Perfect for that not-quite lunch or dinner party, these pizza quesadillas from A Taste of Madness make a great birthday party snack for little kids through teens. All it takes is four ingredients (and you can easily use whole wheat tortillas to make it semi-healthy) to put together, then serve with an assortment of dips. Good luck keeping the parent's hands off of these!
No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Bites
Raise your hand if you do NOT want to do any baking for your upcoming birthday party. These no-bake strawberry cheesecake bites from Typically Simple are here to save the day! A simple filling goes into fresh strawberries, then dipped in graham crackers for the perfect bite-sized snack for both kids and adults.
BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Buns
Need a hearty birthday party snack? The Recipe Rebel's BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Buns fit the bill. It takes just 15 minutes of prep time and five ingredients (including store-bought pizza dough) to get these buns into shape. After baking, you can either serve or freeze it for a future party. It's meal prep at its' finest!
What's more fun than funfetti dip? We can't think of anything that'll satisfy your birthday party guest's sweet tooth better than homemade cake batter dip made with just five ingredients and literally takes five minutes to make! Don't forget the animal crackers! Get the recipe from Shugary Sweets.
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Mini Corn Dog Muffins
Corn dogs are cool, but have you had mini corn dog muffins? Great for little hands and perfect for parties, this dippable dish from Bake Me Some Sugar combines a cornbread muffin and a hot dog into a delightful party snack.
Birthday Cake Popcorn
Kick your popcorn up a notch, birthday style, with this simple recipe from Peanut Blossom. It uses melted chocolate with cake batter mixed in, sprinkles, and M&M's. The best part? You can customize all the decorations to match your party theme!
If you've got a little bit of extra time on your hands, trying out these Banilla Bites from A Helicopter Mom is a no-brainer. Grab the four store-bought ingredients, then get to assembling these adorable mini sandwiches that the kids won't be able to turn down (thanks, sprinkles.)
Easy Meatball Sub Sliders
Four ingredients, 10 minutes of prep time, and just 15 minutes to bake is all it takes to get these meatball sub sliders ready to go. Great for evening parties or even a fun sleepover, this hearty snack will be a fan fave. Get the recipe from One Little Project.
Flourless Monster Cookie Bars
Need a gluten and dairy-free snack idea? This birthday party snack from One Lovely Life combines peanut butter, rolled oats, chocolate chips, and M&M's, and bakes for under 30 minutes. You can even customize your bars with a candy color!
Nutella Deviled Strawberries
Need a healthy birthday party snack? These Nutella "deviled" strawberries spotted over at Lauren's Latest combine fruit and chocolate for fabulous finger food that everyone from toddlers to adults will enjoy.
No-Bake Peanut Butter Cereal Bars
There's nothing like cereal for a late-night snack, which makes these no-bake cereal bars from Today's Creative Life perfect for a slumber party. Combine cereal, pretzels, and peanut butter to get this crunchy snack ready for your kiddos' upcoming bash.
Sugar Cookie Bars
No need to whip up dozens of individual cookies when you have Chelsea's Messy Apron recipe for sugar cookie bars. Made in one pan, this chewy and soft cookie is topped with homemade buttercream frosting and sprinkles. Make it yours by customizing with your own party colors!
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Teenager Party Snack Ideas
We know teens will never truly tire of pizza, but if you're looking for a new take then this pizza dip from A Subtle Revelry is here for you. Cream cheese, sauce, pepperoni, and even more cheese are baked together in this surprisingly simple snack, which can be served with crackers or breadsticks.
Air Fryer Apple Fries & Caramel Dip
Whether it's a fall-themed party or not, you can't go wrong with air-fried apples and caramel dip! The homemade dip is easier than you think, and making the apples into crispy fries is a cinch thanks to the air fryer you've had sitting on the counter since the pandemic. See how it's done over at Bitz & Giggles.
Skip the hot dogs for this party, and whip up some pretzel dogs instead! Yes, this recipe from Food Fanatic calls for homemade pretzel dough, but the added effort results in delicious dogs that will make your party out of this world.
Chicken Nugget Sliders
Once you get this recipe for chicken nugget sliders under your belt, you'll be dishing them up everywhere from birthday parties to Super Bowl get-togethers. Hawaiian rolls, nuggets, sauce, and cheese form the base for this mini sandwich that lets you prep over 15 sandwiches at a time!
Slow Cooker Monkey Bread
When you make monkey bread in a slow cooker, you can skip proofing the bread: set it and forget it. This particular recipe from Baked By an Introvert includes homemade bread, but thanks to a stand mixer, is easier than you think. The result? Warm, ooey, gooey dessert that the teens will devour.
Soft Pretzel Bites
These soft pretzel bites from Food Fanatic are made with homemade dough that requires no shaping and bake in just seven minutes. While it will involve a little patience as you let the dough rise, the result is buttery, salty pretzel bites that would pair well with pizza dip (see recipe above) or just eaten a la mode.