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65 First Birthday Party Food Ideas And Planning Tips

The best party food ideas that will be loved by kids and grown ups alike.

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You may be super excited about your baby turning one, and you want to host the best party to celebrate their first birthday. Tiny tots are your most important guests, and so your baby’s first birthday party food ideas must include exciting, colorful, and fancy options on the table. You need to do many things, including selecting a party theme, deciding on the guest list, buying gifts, and planning the food. If you are confused about the food, we can help you with the planning process by providing delicious snack and dessert ideas in this post. These creative ideas are sure to impress children and their parents alike.

What Kind Of First Birthday Party Are You Planning?

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You can come up with the food menu only when you have the basic idea of the birthday party.

  • Decide if it is going to be a small snack or high tea party, or you want to host a lavish lunch or dinner.
  • If you are planning for a simplistic evening party, then you can make a handful of items at home. Your family members or close friends could help you prepare some delectable recipes.
  • If it is going to be a big party, you may have to hire a caterer and plan a mixed menu. Make sure you find a well-known catering agency that specializes in making the best quality kid-friendly food items.

Related: 25 Crazy 1st Birthday Cake Smash Ideas For Your Little One

Who Are The Guests?

Having a guest list ready would make it easier to figure out the quantity and type of food to have at your baby’s first birthday party.

  • Will it be a small party with only family or friends?
  • Will you invite your close relatives and neighbors?
  • How many babies and toddlers would be attending the party?
  • How many teenagers or parents or adults would attend?

When you have the answers to these questions, you can plan the food ideas and serving size.

Point to consider

Keep the guest list short and invite only those important to you and your family. An extravagant party can make it difficult for you to make arrangements and welcome all the guests, besides burning a hole in your pocket.

What Food To Include In The Menu?

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You need to think about the food categories based on the guest list. If it is a large party, then you may have to categorize the menu.

  • You need to include vegetarian and non-vegetarian items to fit the needs of all the guests.
  • In case you are inviting vegan friends, make sure you have vegan items on the menu.
  • You should also have a few types of desserts and drinks. Have colorful and delicious food items that please everyone attending the birthday party.
  • If there is a theme party, make sure that the food reflects the theme. For instance, if the party theme is “Frozen,” then try to have more blue food items and pictures of “Frozen” movie characters all around.

Related: 20 Best First Birthday Party Games Ideas

First Birthday Party Food Ideas

We have some mouth-watering food choices in every category to delight your guests, including the adorable children and the grown-ups.

Finger food and appetizer ideas

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Appetizers or starters are the first course of a meal. They should be tempting and light to give an excellent start to the party meal. Toddlers and children fill their tummies with starters as they are fond of them. Having a variety of options would be a good idea. We have a few palatable suggestions here.

  1. Fruits on skewers or fruit salad
  2. Vegetable and chicken nuggets
  3. Baby breadsticks with cheese
  4. French fries or potato smileys or potato wedges
  5. Cookies with cream or crackers
  6. Muffins and bagels
  7. Devilled eggs
  8. Egg mini muffins
  9. Roasted or steamed vegetables and dip
  10. Small sandwiches
  11. Cheesy garlic bread
  12. Chips and dips
  13. Cheerios
  14. Puffed snacks
  15. Wafers and pretzel
  16. Mini pancakes

Savory foods

The savory foods or main meal of the party should be delightfully flavorsome. The main items in the party menu should be filling and appealing to all the guests. There should be items for every guest, be it a vegan, vegetarian, non-vegetarian, or a health-conscious person.

  1. Pizza – vegetarian and non-vegetarian
  2. Cheesy macaroni with different toppings such as chicken bites, bacon, and veggies
  3. Vegetarian and chicken burger
  4. Quesadilla
  5. Grilled cheese sandwiches
  6. Barbecue sandwiches
  7. Crustless sandwiches
  8. Pasta with cheese and salad options or meatballs
  9. Vegetable noodles
  10. Taco pinwheels
  11. Casserole
  12. Small squared pizza bites
  13. Chicken tenders
  14. Chicken sliders
  15. Nachos filled with cheese
  16. Pizza rolls
  17. Cheese and garlic bread
  18. Stuffed or toasted kebabs
  19. Beef rolls with cheddar cheese
  20. Stromboli

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No party is complete without desserts. Your baby’s first birthday party should have desserts that become the talk of the party. Children and adults love trying out different kinds of sweet items, so we have covered a few delicious dessert ideas for you.

  1. Birthday cake (your baby’s favorite shape and flavor)

Quick tip

Buy a cake that matches the theme of the birthday party. You may also bake a sugar-free and gluten-free birthday cake as a healthy option.

  1. Fruit salad or yogurt
  2. Ice cream of different flavors
  3. Jelly and custard
  4. Cupcakes
  5. Pops and candies
  6. Mini pies
  7. Ice cream cone cupcakes
  8. Ice cream sandwich
  9. Doughnut holes or baked doughnuts
  10. Mini s’mores
  11. Frozen treats or popsicles
  12. Assorted cookies
  13. Cheesecake pastries
  14. Frozen pops
  15. Honey waffles
  16. Marshmallow pops
  17. Fruit pies
  18. Macarons or ice cream sandwiches
  19. Fried ice cream

Drinks and beverages

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It’s your baby’s first birthday celebration, so make sure you are not having alcoholic drinks. There are some healthy and fruity options you can try and impress your guests. Remember, the party is more for the children than the parents.

  1. Lemonade or fruit smoothies
  2. Hot chocolate
  3. Vanilla milkshake
  4. Fruity cocktails
  5. Citrus punch
  6. Iced tea with fruit flavors
  7. Hawaiian drink
  8. Rose milk
  9. Yogurt smoothies

Related: 25 Easy And Delicious Baking Recipes For Kids

Tips For Planning Your Baby’s First Birthday Food Menu

The first birthday is a big deal for parents, thus planning would make your job easier. We have some general tips for you here.

  • Get child-friendly glasses, plates, and cups made of eco-friendly and high-quality food-grade material.
  • Keep fresh, high-quality, and hygienic food only. If you are ordering food, then go with the best caterer or restaurant.
  • You can ask the parents if their children have any food intolerances or food allergies.
  • Do keep in mind your guest’s preferences, like those related to religious or other food choices.
  • Don’t keep choking hazards, including nuts, grapes, hard lollies, popcorn, or hard candies on the table.
  • Keep an eye on what the children are sipping and munching on. See that toddlers and babies are not consuming fizzy drinks or caffeinated beverages.
  • Choose a cake flavor that is liked by both children and their parents. Try to have an eggless cake so that most of the guests can relish it.
  • Make tempting and colorful foods so that children enjoy them.

1. How much should I spend on a first birthday party?

It entirely depends on you. If you want an extravagant party with all your friends and family, you may spend around $1000 or more. If you want a quiet and intimate affair with only your near and dear ones, you can cut the expenses and spend less than $300.

2. What time should a first birthday start?

Consider your baby’s sleeping time and active hours before hosting a birthday party. Depending on that, you can throw a party in the morning, afternoon, or evening. Make sure to pick a time convenient for you and your guests.

3. Can I feed my baby cake on their first birthday?

Yes, a small piece of cake would not harm your baby. However, chop the cake into tiny bits before feeding it to your baby to avoid choking hazards. Also, if you love baking, you can make a homemade cake using healthy ingredients to introduce to your baby.

For every new parent, their baby’s first birthday is one of the most awaited events. While you could be excited to organize a grand party for your little one, it would help if you plan for the event, follow a schedule, and keep things systematized. The variety of food and a delectable menu is a must-have for the party to be enjoyable and remembered. Take cues from these first birthday party food ideas to include the most delicious and exciting food items on the menu. Also, do not miss out on clicking adorable pictures of your munchkin and the event to relish the memories later.

Key Pointers

  • Decide on the first birthday party theme, followed by the guest list and the menu.
  • You can plan appetizers, main course, beverages, and desserts for a large party.
  • You may have different options for your guests’ preferences for vegan, vegetarian, or non-vegetarian food.

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35 Recipes for a Baby's First Birthday Party

Celebrate your baby's first birthday in style with these adorable party recipes! From cakes to appetizers, you can't go wrong with these crowd favorites.

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This magical unicorn cake tastes as good as it looks. Baking in smaller pans creates impressive height, and a few simple decorating tricks turn it into a showstopping dessert. —Lauren Knoelke, Des Moines, Iowa

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I'm all grown-up, but I still love to play with my food. Garbanzo beans in the guacamole add taste, texture and nutrition. The croc part is just plain fun. —Kallee Krong-Mccreery, Escondido, California

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These tasty little bites go over well with kids. They're also delicious with soups or as party appetizers. —Mrs. Marvin Buffington, Burlington, Iowa

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Rhubarb grows abundantly in our large farm garden. I'll make this punch for summertime gatherings or for special occasions with our extended family. —Ina Frey, St. Clemens, Ontario

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It's impossible to stop nibbling on warm pieces of this cheesy, oniony bread. The sliced loaf fans out for a fun presentation. It's one of the best savory appetizers I've found. —Kay Daly, Raleigh, North Carolina

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I took these slow-cooked wings to work, and they vanished before I even got a bite! The tangy sauce is lip-smacking good. —Sherry Pitzer, Troy, Missouri

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My mom used to make pinwheels every Christmas, and I still love them. They are so colorful, and perfect for sharing in gift boxes.—Jill Heatwole, Pittsville, Maryland

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Here is a fast appetizer recipe that goes over well at my house. Each bite has gooey melted cheese and real pizza flavor. Try serving them with pizza sauce for dipping. —Debra Purcell, Safford, Arizona

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The simple ingredients and family-friendly flavor of these little sausage cups make them a go-to dinner favorite. And everyone gets their own pies—which makes them even better! —Kerry Dingwall, Ponte Vedra, Florida

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Dip fresh strawberries in melted candy-coated discs to create a rainbow of color. Or get adventurous and make a unicorn. The creative possibilities are endless. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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I was looking for ways to spice up traditional chicken nuggets and came up with this recipe. The chips add a crunchy texture and flavor, while the meat is tender on the inside. —Kristina Segarra, Yonkers, New York

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When I'm entertaining, this colorful dish is my top menu choice. My friends can't resist the hearty appetizer topped with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and olives. —Kathy Young, Weatherford, Texas

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I created this recipe based on our family's love of chocolate-dipped ice cream cones. Red heart-shaped sprinkles make them fun for Valentine's Day. Vary the color to match the occasion. —Jennifer Gilbert, Brighton, Michigan

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This pretty fruit punch has just the right amount of sweetness. The ice ring keeps it cool for hours without diluting the flavor. —Marci Carl, Northern Cambria, Pennsylvania

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These cute little sausage and bacon bites are finger-licking good. They have a sweet and salty taste that's fun for breakfast or as an appetizer. —Cara Flora, Kokomo, Indiana

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We love to entertain at home and the office. Ham and cheese rolled in tortillas make a quick and easy appetizer that's easy to transport. —Susan Zugehoer, Hebron, Kentucky

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For ages, my brother's family and I have gotten together on Christmas Eve, and always eat snacks while we open our presents. This Tex-Mex spin on classic appetizer pizza is one we have again and again. —Laurie Pester, Colstrip, Montana

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We have a large family, so we go through beverages quickly at our house. This thirst-quenching tea is simple to mix together and has a sparkling citrus flavor we all enjoy. —K. Kitell, Lenexa, Kansas

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Cream cheese is the secret ingredient in this simple pound cake recipe. It makes the cake firm for cutting—and easy to frost, too. This cake can be baked ahead and frozen, then thawed before the party and decorated, leaving you with plenty of time for other preparations. — Ethel Ledbetter, Canton, North Carolina

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These quick, versatile wontons are great for a savory snack or paired with a bowl of soothing soup on a cold day. I usually make a large batch, freeze half on a floured baking sheet, then store in an airtight container. —Brianna Shade, Beaverton, Oregon

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I love pizza, and I love macaroni and cheese. After lots of experimenting, I figured out a wonderful way to combine the two. The pizza is a big hit among my colleagues, friends and family! —Martha Muellenberg, Vermillion, South Dakota

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I created this giant peanut butter cookie cake for my husband, adding light and low-fat products to the cookie dough. It was so fantastic that I fixed it with conventional ingredients for guests. Since it can be made ahead of time and frozen, it cuts stress for busy hostesses. And really, who doesn't love peanut butter ice cream? —Joann Belack, Bradenton, Florida

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This is a super fun way to serve lasagna for make-ahead lunches, potlucks or other fun get-togethers. My daughter took some of these to work and by noon was emailing me for the recipe. —Sally Kilkenny, Granger, Iowa

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Here's a simple recipe to create a colorful and fun breakfast—or snack! For the glaze, use any type of juice you like. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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It's hard to resist a crescent roll, bacon and cream cheese in one bite! Kids, friends, everyone will scarf these cream cheese pinwheels down. Now I bake a double batch whenever we have a get-together. —Krista Munson, Sharpsburg, Kentucky

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The recipe for these filled and frosted cupcakes was handed down by my mother-in-law, who taught this fledgling cook what to do in the kitchen. She's no longer with us, but baking these treats reminds me of our good times together. —Judie Heiderscheit, Holy Cross, Iowa

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My friend Mary served these lovely appetizers at a summer gathering several years ago, and I adapted it a bit to my taste. It's a great August recipe when tomatoes and herbs are at their freshest! —Susan Wilson, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Want to sink your teeth into s’mores all year long? Here’s the answer! Just combine marshmallow creme, chocolate and graham crackers for an awesome bite.—Stephanie Tewell, Elizabeth, Illinois

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I was born and raised in Australia, but moved to the U.S. when I got married. When I long for some Australian recipes, I bake up a batch of this sausage roll recipe and share them with neighbors or co-workers. —Melissa Landon, Port Charlotte, Florida

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I'm on a gluten-restricted diet. I came up with this snack mix one day when I wanted something fast and easy that tasted like lemon bars. It makes a great gift, and folks love the light and fresh citrus flavor. —Patricia Sensenich, Olanthe, Kansas

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We wanted to get creative with hot dogs, so we made a mac-and-cheesy one. Pile on the extra cheese, relish and even bacon. —Julie Peterson, Crofton, Maryland

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If you're looking for a fantastic make-ahead snack, try these miniature grilled cheese sandwiches. They're nice to have in the freezer for lunch with soup or a salad. My family loves to nibble on them anytime. —Anita Curtis, Camarillo, California

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Impress guests by making an adorable and delicious cake. It is actually easy to put together. —Bonnie Jost, Manitowoc, Wisconsin

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Everyone needs a fun, friendly way for kids to play with food. These rich bites are nutty and yummy. Just coat bananas in chocolate and dip them into peanuts, sprinkles or coconut. —Susan Hein, Burlington, Wisconsin

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Ravioli on a stick is a tasty appetizer everyone talks about. They’re simple and fun to make and eat. Use packaged dipping sauces, or make your own. Get my recipes on my blog, —Erika Monroe-Williams, Scottsdale, Arizona

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Originally Published: May 10, 2019

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Part of the third generation in a family of restaurateurs, Camille was born with a passion for cooking and food. She embarked on a career in hospitality where she excelled as a sommelier and wine director. This hospitality experience has given her a wealth of first-hand knowledge about how to pair all manner of drinks with food—plus some serious kitchen skills. These days, she's hung up her wine key in favor of a pen and covers all aspects of food and drink.

Children's birthday menu: photos, recipes, dish ideas

How to make a child's birthday truly unforgettable? Gather his friends, come up with entertainment and, of course, treat everyone to something delicious. But pleasing little guests is sometimes more difficult than adult gourmets. Our article will come to the rescue. In it, we have collected 10 dishes that will enchant even the most capricious persons. Serve these treats for a kid's birthday party and no one will leave hungry.

Original canapés

Kids will appreciate the unusual presentation, and adults will appreciate the ease of cooking. Indeed, among the recipes for a children's birthday, it is important to have at least one option for a quick snack. For canapes in the form of ladybugs, it is better to take unsalted crackers with the addition of whole grain flour. You can grease the products with both pate and hummus or curd cheese.


  • crackers - 10 pcs.
  • cherry tomatoes - 5 pcs.
  • leaf lettuce - 3-4 leaves
  • olives - 3 pcs.
  • pate - to taste


  1. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half and make a shallow cut in each half.
  2. Brush crackers with pâté and cover with lettuce. Excess greens can be removed.
  3. Top the salad with half a cherry and a quarter of an olive.
  4. Decorate the finished ladybug with a pattern of white dots. To do this, dip a toothpick in Greek yogurt or mayonnaise and gently color the workpiece. nine0014

Snack muffins

Children are rarely fans of vegetables. But thanks to such muffins, they will even eat the hated green beans or green peas. It's nice that you can change the toppings to your liking. For example, take corn, ham or some broccoli and cauliflower. It is also better not to forget about the vegetable slices on the table. Serve carrot, pepper and cucumber sticks with yoghurt sauce.


  • green beans - 100 g
  • green peas - 100 g
  • cheese - 100 g
  • chicken eggs - 2 pcs.
  • sour cream - 3 tbsp. l.
  • flour - 3 tbsp. l.
  • Bulgarian pepper - 1 pc.
  • baking powder - 0.5 tsp.
  • salt - to taste


  1. Defrost beans and peas.
  2. Pepper and cheese cut into small cubes.
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  4. Add prepared cuts to batter.
  5. Divide the pastry between molds and bake for 15 minutes at 180°C. Then lower the heat to 160°C and bake the muffins for another 15-20 minutes in the oven.

Cheese donuts

If you don't know what to cook, try these donuts. At a children's birthday party, they will definitely become a popular treat. The main thing is to find a good crumbly cottage cheese with a fat content of 5-9%. It is desirable that there is not too much moisture in the mass, gluing the grains together. Otherwise, wrap the cottage cheese with gauze and put it under pressure for 2-3 hours to remove excess moisture.


  • cottage cheese - 200 g
  • cheese - 80 g
  • flour - 70 g
  • chicken eggs - 2 pcs.
  • baking powder - 0.5 tsp.
  • sesame - to taste


  1. Mash the cottage cheese with a fork or chop with a blender.
  2. Add grated cheese, whole egg and one egg white.
  3. Add the sifted flour and baking powder and knead into a stiff dough.
  4. On a floured surface, form the dough into a ball and divide it into 6-8 equal pieces.
  5. Roll each piece into a sausage and seal the ends.
  6. Transfer the blanks to a baking sheet lined with baking paper and brush with the remaining yolk. nine0014
  7. Garnish with sesame seeds and bake for 30 minutes at 180°C.

Mini pizzas

Who would say no to a popular treat? For a children's holiday, it makes sense to make portioned pizzas. It will be easier for kids to hold them in their hands. As a sauce, ordinary ketchup or a mixture of pureed tomatoes boiled with spices is suitable. In addition to cherry tomatoes, you can use bell peppers or broccoli for the filling, and put boiled chicken or turkey instead of ham. When serving, garnish pizzas with fresh herbs, if desired. nine0003


For the dough:

  • flour - 200 g
  • water - 90 ml
  • olive oil - 30 ml
  • sugar - 1 tsp.
  • dry yeast - 4 g
  • salt - pinch


  • ham - 200 g
  • cherry tomatoes - 8 pcs.
  • tomato sauce - 3 tbsp. l.
  • cheese - 50 g


  1. Mix yeast, sugar and water. Cover the bowl with a towel and put it in a warm place for 15-20 minutes. After the specified time, a foam cap should appear on the surface of the mixture.
  2. Sift flour into activated yeast, add olive oil and salt. Knead a homogeneous dough that will not stick to your hands.
  3. Transfer the workpiece to a clean dish, greased with olive oil, and leave warm for 1 hour. nine0014
  4. Punch down the risen dough and divide into 8 equal pieces.
  5. Shape each piece into a 8-10 cm round shape and place on a baking sheet.
  6. Brush base with tomato sauce, top with ham and cherry halves, sprinkle with cheese and place in the oven.
  7. Bake the mini pizzas for 15 minutes at 210°C.

Chicken skewers

Homemade skewers continue the selection of recipes for children's birthdays. When preparing a marinade, remember that the child likes simple and understandable tastes more. A large set of seasonings, especially spicy, he will not appreciate. But vegetables will add benefits and make the meat juicier. For variety, place sliced ​​bell pepper or zucchini between the chicken pieces. Don't forget to prepare wooden skewers. Before stuffing the meat, it is advisable to soak them in boiling water, otherwise the wood may burn in the oven. nine0003


  • chicken fillet - 800 g
  • kefir 3.2% - 180 ml
  • onion - 1 pc.
  • garlic - 1-2 cloves
  • salt - to taste


  1. Divide the chicken fillet into 2-3 cm pieces.
  2. Chop the onion into rings, mince the garlic.
  3. Mix the chicken with chopped onion and garlic, season with salt. nine0014
  4. Pour in the kefir and mix well. Leave the blank in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  5. Thread the pickled pieces onto skewers and bake for 15-20 minutes at 200°C.

Fish fingers

Children love variety. Give the kids a choice between several dishes. For example, serve chicken skewers and crispy fish fingers. The appetizer is made from white fish: pollock, cod or haddock. If desired, breading can be supplemented with sesame seeds. Ready-made sticks go well with tartar sauce. nine0003


  • white fish fillet - 600 g
  • vegetable oil - 150 ml
  • breadcrumbs - 3 tbsp. l.
  • chicken eggs - 1 pc.
  • salt - to taste
  • pepper - to taste


  1. Cut the fillet into strips 1.5–2 cm thick. Season with salt and a little pepper.
  2. Beat the egg with a fork in a flat bowl. nine0014
  3. Place the breadcrumbs in another bowl.
  4. Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan.
  5. Dip the fish fillets in turn into the egg and breadcrumbs, and then fry in hot oil.
  6. Wipe finished sticks with a paper towel to remove excess oil.

No Bake Cake

When planning what to cook for a child's birthday, don't forget about sweets. What's a holiday without cake? This recipe can be made the day before. Any gelatin is useful, but the rules for working with sheets and powder are different. The layers are randomly poured with cold water, and then squeezed out. For crystals, it is desirable to observe a ratio of 1: 6 (take 6 parts of water for 1 part of gelatin). nine0003


For the cake:

  • cookies - 300 g
  • Butter - 100 g


  • cottage cheese - 800 g
  • cream 20% - 200 ml
  • sugar - 100 g
  • sour cream - 100 g
  • cocoa - 2 tbsp. l.
  • gelatin - 40 g


  1. Grind cookies with butter into crumbs. Spread the mass over the bottom and sides of the form and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Soak gelatine in water.
  3. Beat cottage cheese with sugar and sour cream. The easiest way to do this is with an immersion blender.
  4. Mix swollen gelatin with cream and heat to 60-70°C. The thickener should dissolve, but the liquid should not be allowed to boil.
  5. Add the warm mixture to the curds and beat everything well again with an immersion blender. nine0014
  6. Cocoa mix with half of the curd and cream mass.
  7. Spread the filling as follows: 1 tablespoon cream mixture, then 1 spoon chocolate mixture. It is advisable to finish the cake with a colored layer.
  8. Using a skewer, make patterns on the top of the workpiece and send it to the refrigerator until completely solidified.

Funny apple slices

Even ordinary fruits can be served in an original way. For example, make funny monsters out of apple slices. Sweet sprinkles in the form of eyes can be found on the Internet. If there is no unusual decoration, then make it yourself. Melt the chocolate and use a toothpick or skewer to drizzle over the marshmallows. The same melted chocolate or peanut butter will help to fix the marshmallows on the slices. nine0003


  • apples - 2 pcs.
  • strawberries - 100 g
  • peanut butter - 8 tsp
  • sunflower seeds - 2 handfuls
  • confectionery topping in the shape of eyes - 8 pcs.


  1. Quarter medium-sized apples.
  2. Remove the center from the skin side of each wedge.
  3. Brush the resulting hole with peanut butter and fill with a strawberry slice. nine0014
  4. Peel the sunflower seeds and stick a few into the apple blanks.
  5. Seal eyes with peanut butter and serve.

Cake pops

Bright cakes on skewers - why not treat a child's birthday? It is easy to attract even the birthday man himself to their preparation. Or you can make blanks in advance and invite guests to decorate them with sprinkles and icing. For the latter, it is better to choose white chocolate, since dyes can be added to the resulting mass. Let the little chefs cover the balls on their own and show imagination in decorating. nine0003


For the biscuit:

  • chicken eggs - 3 pcs.
  • sugar - 90 g
  • flour - 90 g

For cream:

  • curd cheese - 90 g
  • powdered sugar - 30 g

For glaze:

  • chocolate - 200 g
  • butter - 20 g


  1. Whisk eggs with sugar until fluffy white foam.
  2. Carefully add the sifted flour and knead the dough.
  3. Bake the biscuit for 30 minutes at 180°C.
  4. Cool the finished cake and grind into crumbs.
  5. In a clean bowl, beat the cream cheese with the powdered sugar.
  6. Add biscuit crumbs to the cream and mix. Form into balls 4–5 cm in diameter and refrigerate for 1–2 hours.
  7. nine0013 Melt chocolate in a water bath and mix with butter. Thread the balls onto wooden skewers.
  8. Dip the balls in the frosting one by one. Let the mass take over.
  9. Decorate each cake pop as you like.

Nut bars

Although a sweet table is an obligatory part of a children's holiday, it is not worth pampering children with a lot of sugar. Instead of store-bought bars or candies, make an alternative treat of nuts and dried fruits. Don't be afraid to change the filling to your liking. For example, make a treat only from almonds or add walnuts. nine0003


  • pitted dates - 200 g
  • almonds - 60 g
  • cashews - 50 g
  • peanuts - 50 g
  • hazelnuts - 50 g
  • honey - 50 g
  • coconut oil - 1 tbsp. l.

For glaze:

  • chocolate - 200 g
  • coconut oil - 1 tbsp. l.


  1. Crush the almonds.
  2. Chop the remaining nuts and dates.
  3. Add crushed almonds, honey and coconut oil to the mixture. Mix the base for the bars.
  4. Line a mold with foil and place the mixture on top. Smooth out.
  5. Melt the chocolate with coconut oil in a bain-marie.
  6. Decorate the blank with the resulting glaze. Sprinkle shredded coconut on top, if desired, and refrigerate for 1 hour. nine0014
  7. Divide the formed cake into bars, wrap each with parchment and serve.

As you can see, there are many interesting ideas of what to cook for a children's birthday. The original menu will definitely be remembered by both guests and the hero of the occasion.

Festive menu: what to cook for a child's birthday -

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Getting Started

Thinking through the menu for a children's table, you need to understand that food for kids should be different from what is usually prepared for an adult holiday. First of all, food should be pleasing to the eye and be healthy.


  • Do not use exotic products.

  • dishes should not be spicy, fatty, too salty or sweet, smoked.

  • ingredients should be familiar to children of this age. nine0003

  • avoid foods that are considered to be allergens. Or find out in advance from all parents if the invited kids have any allergies to any products.

  • do not serve foods with bones or hard skins for young children (grapes, fish, berries, etc.)

  • avoid harmful carbonated or colored drinks.

  • completely refuse harmful sauces (ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, etc.)


The appearance of the festive table is just as important as the rest of the decoration of the space. True, it is not necessary to try to embody complex ideas, it is enough to use bright colors.

So, for the children's feast, it may be needed:

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  • tubes (can be decorated with tinsel, etc. )

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  • plates (it is better to use paper)

  • sticks for canapes

  • Dishes on the table

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  • 9000 thinking over the menu - children often do not like or remain indifferent to the combination of many components. A simple cake with condensed milk cream is dearer to them than a complex work of culinary art with nuts, dried apricots, prunes and layers of a dozen types of creams. But at the same time, the simplest cake can be interestingly decorated, which will delight the baby and his guests. nine0003
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    Light snack

    A buffet for a children's party is a good option, especially for the first half of the event. It all depends on whether you plan to serve hot dishes or just appetizers and dessert. As for snacks, they should be in the form of small portions that would be easy to take and eat between games. For example:

    • Sandwiches. Even the most ordinary sandwiches can be served in their original form. To do this, it is enough to cut figures out of all its constituent ingredients using cookie cutters. And then you just need to fold and pierce with a canapé stick or wooden skewers. Products that can be used: bread (you can dry it a little in advance, but not to have a very hard crust), cucumbers, boiled meat, cheese, tomatoes, green salad, egg, sweet pepper, cottage cheese with herbs, potatoes, carrots, beets. nine0003

    • Fruit. They, like sandwiches, can be served on canapé sticks. There are two options: either just plant pieces of fruit or pre-cut figures from them. Fruits on sticks can simply be laid out on a plate, forming a circle, or sticking them into a piece of watermelon, melon, pear, etc. So, you can make a fruit hedgehog from a pear-shaped base. It is enough just to peel the “muzzle” (where the sharp end is) from the skin, insert a carnation instead of an eye, and black grapes instead of a nose. Where the peel is not peeled, stick a fruit canape (these will be needles). You can also arrange them in multi-colored plastic cups (or paper). A more complex option is a fruit figurine made on a plate. It will be easy to make a beautiful butterfly, for example. True, in this case, it will be more difficult for children to eat it. nineSalad. For convenience, it is better to arrange salads in edible baskets, which you can make yourself from dough or buy at any supermarket. You can also use cucumbers instead of tartlets. You need to take a large cucumber, cut it lengthwise into two parts, and then clean out the pulp. Put salad in it. And from above, in order to turn all this into a ship, you need to stick a stick on which, as a sail, the same cucumber will be planted. To do this, cut the cucumber into thin long slices and put it on a skewer from two edges. Like fruits, salad can be served in transparent glasses, laying them out in layers, so it will be more effective. Ingredients that can be used: cucumber, sour cream, meat, potatoes, lettuce, greens, eggs, tomatoes, corn, green peas, beans, rice, sweet peppers, beets, carrots, cheese, shrimp. nine0003

    Starters can be prepared ahead of time or made part of the party with a cooking game competition.

    Warm meals

    If you still decide to feed your little guests with warm meals, they can also be served, like appetizers, without cutlery.

    • Patties. All children love pies, especially puff pastries. They are quite easy to prepare, and besides, they are also satisfying. They can be molded into figurines or animals using special cookie cutters. Only for children you need to make smaller pies than for adults. What can be put in them: cheese, meat, potatoes, eggs, onions, salted cottage cheese with herbs, cabbage. nine0003

    • Baskets. Dough tartlets are ideal for both cold and hot appetizers. Warm dishes are best cooked at the same time together in a basket. To do this, it is better to take cupcake molds, lay out a circle of rolled dough in it and put your preferred products there. Ingredients that can be put: potatoes, tomatoes, meat, shrimp, zucchini, corn, beans, cheese, onions, sweet peppers, eggs.

    • Pizza. A good dish for a children's party will be a mini-pizza, which children can also cook themselves, as part of a holiday and competition. To do this, it is not necessary to make the dough yourself, you can buy ready-made and cut out circles from it using any cup. Also, funny faces can be laid out from the products, and baked on each of them. Ingredients that can be put on pizza: meat, tomatoes, mushrooms, meat, cheese, sweet peppers, beans, corn, green peas.

    • Barbecue. nine0010 This is the conventional name for pieces of meat that, after cooking (steamed, baked, fried), must be planted on a small wooden skewer. You can also make them with vegetables. Ingredients: meat, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, zucchini.

    • Pasta pizza. If you want something original, then we offer you to cook pizza from pasta, in the form of "nests". First you need to gently boil them so that they retain their shape. Then you need to put them on a baking sheet, put the ingredients (vegetables, meat, etc.) on top, and sprinkle grated cheese on top. You can also fill it with an egg, then such a “nest” will better retain its shape. nine0003

    • Pancakes. A Russian dish that can be served not only with sour cream, jam or honey, but also with stuffing. For kids, it is better to serve them in the form of bags in which you can put meat, vegetables, cottage cheese, etc.

    • Figures. You can make funny animal figurines out of rice or buckwheat. Meat (small meatballs) and vegetables can also participate in this. So you can sculpt animal figures or depict the whole picture. However, in this case, you will have to lay out an edible image on each plate, for each baby separately. nine0003

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    And compote?

    No holiday is complete without drinks. The only question is what would be so interesting and useful to bring to the table.

    For younger children, it is better to stock up on small packaged juices. For older children, you can make a mix of freshly squeezed juice. And also make homemade lemonade or compote, serving them in a beautiful decanter or glasses. If you are worried that children might spill the drink, then buy special plastic transparent glasses with a rounded lid where a straw is inserted. You can paint them or stick stickers on them. nine0003

    Milkshakes with fruits are just as popular at children's birthday parties as juices. But jelly may have gone out of fashion, but it will also be appropriate, although not everyone may like it. Dessert is best served with warm tea rather than cold drinks. Many will also prefer warm cocoa with milk.

    Sweet moment

    Where there are children, there is always a sea of ​​sweets. This is especially true for children's celebrations. In addition to the birthday cake, there are always other goodies at such events. Since purchased sweets do not have useful properties, we suggest that you cook them yourself. The main thing is that they are tasty and beautiful. nine0003

    • Homemade "candies". It is necessary to soften a bar of dark chocolate in a water bath, and then mix it with nuts, dried fruits and 1/3 can of condensed milk, you still need to add a small piece of butter. Then pour the resulting mass into a small mold and place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes, and then in the freezer for an hour. After that, you just need to cut into pieces and you can serve.

    • Ice cream. All children will appreciate this dessert. However, you can not take the ice cream itself, but take frozen yogurt. It will be much more useful, and the taste is not particularly different. So that each guest can make his own version of dessert for himself, you need to buy waffle cones and cups, or just creamers. And also spread out “fillers” in various cups or decorative jars, which everyone will then add to their cup of ice cream. It can be: cookies, chocolate, coconut, fruit pieces, marmalade, nuts, berries. Alternatively, you can simply layer each cup with yogurt, fruit, liver, cereal, marmalade, and chocolate. nine0003

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