What are good finger foods for a baby shower

25 Perfect Baby Shower Food Ideas on a Budget – Instacart

Throwing a fun, memorable party to celebrate the new arrival in your life doesn’t have to break the bank. You can decorate a party or backyard and prepare a tasty menu affordably without compromising on quality—it just takes planning. If you’re stuck and don’t know where to start, these baby shower food ideas on a budget will get the ball rolling.

How to throw a baby shower on a budget

Before we get into baby shower food ideas, these are our cost-cutting tips for throwing a wonderful baby shower on a budget.

1. Don’t host at mealtimes

If you host a baby shower at mealtimes, you’ll have to serve full meals, which can be expensive. Instead, throw your baby shower between meals, so you can serve only appetizers and sweet snacks. 2 p.m. is a popular time for these events.

2. Keep a pared-down guest list

On average, guests eat around 5 pieces of food at baby showers. The more people you invite, the costlier the event will be.

3. Ask guests to bring food or drinks

If you still want a full party but can’t afford to feed everyone, ask your guests to bring over food or drinks. It will be a baby-shower-meets-potluck type of event, which can be a lot of fun.

4. Choose local, seasonal ingredients

The cheapest food for a baby shower is the one that’s local and in season. Research what fresh produce is cheapest, then come up with recipes using those ingredients.

Following a themed menu can help you pinch pennies. For example, if you’re using chicken for 1 appetizer, make sure to include it in another snack. This way, you don’t have to buy as many ingredients and end up saving money.

6. Ditch the fully stocked bar

Choose just 1 or 2 drinks to serve—preferably non-alcoholic for baby showers. No need to keep a handful of spirits and mixers on hand.

7. Make your own decorations

DIY the décor using things you already have at home. Visiting a thrift store can also help you throw a stylish baby shower for cheap.

Affordable appetizers for a baby shower

Plate up these tasty, budget-friendly appetizers for your guests.

1. Ham and cheese sliders

Ham and cheese sliders are simple, easy to make, and affordable.

2. Pulled pork buns

Pulled pork sliders are also a popular snack for baby showers. Don’t skip out on the barbecue sauce.

3. Turkey cheddar hot pinwheels

With pre-made pizza dough, deli turkey slices, and cheddar cheese, you can make this comforting finger food.

4. Tomato and broccoli mini quiches

Quiches are sophisticated but surprisingly cheap to make. For this version, use ripe sliced tomatoes and broccoli florets for the filling.

5. Hummus and roasted veg toast

Spread homemade or storebought hummus on toasted bread and top with an assortment of roasted veggies.

6. Build-your-own chili

If you’re looking for a more filling snack, chili is the way to go. Let your guests add their own toppings.


Potato skins with bacon

Hollowed-out baked potatoes, bacon, and sour cream make the perfect appetizer. It’s easy to eat and packed with flavor.

8. Summer pasta salad

For something lighter, serve individual portions of pasta salad. Toss fusilli and whatever veggies are in season in olive oil and a pinch of salt.

9. Deep-fried pickles

Pickles are a popular satisfying snack among many moms-to-be. Set out a plate of deep-fried pickles with ranch dressing on the side.

10. Babies in a blanket

Give pigs in a blanket a twist. Wrap the dough around the sausage so it looks like a swaddled baby and add chocolate sprinkles for the eyes.

11. Grape jelly wieners

Toss smokies in a grape jelly and ketchup mixture, then serve on toothpicks.

12. Barbecue meatballs

Another hearty appetizer, meatballs doused in barbecue sauce are a crowd-pleaser.

13. Tater tot casserole

Tater tot casserole is pretty inexpensive to make. Use a blend of affordable cheeses to take this comfort food to the next level.

14. Chicken salad sandwiches

Spread chicken salad on soft white sandwich bread and serve with an olive and a toothpick on top.

15. Pesto chicken tea sandwiches

Grilled chicken and basil pesto is another great combination. Cut the sandwiches into quarters so they’re easier to eat.

16. Hamburger meat empanadas

Pie crust and hamburger meat can be turned into delicious empanadas. Salsa makes for a great dipping sauce.

17. Cheese pizza bites

Make finger food pizza bites using a cupcake tin, pizza dough, pizza sauce, and shredded cheese.

Cheap desserts and treats for baby showers

What’s a party without something sweet? These cheap recipes for a baby shower will satisfy your sweet tooth without going over budget.

1. Gendered rice crispy treats

Rice crispy treats are cheap to make. They only call for margarine, marshmallows, and puffed rice. Add red or blue food dye for a gendered twist.

2. Carrot cupcakes

Not into gender-themed desserts? You will probably love carrot cupcakes. Making your own is cheaper than getting it from the store—and surprisingly easy!

3. Fruit on a skewer

Pierce a skewer through pieces of fruit for a healthy snack. Grapes, banana, strawberry, apple—whatever is in season.

4. Caramel apples

In the fall, when apples are abundant, caramel apple slices hit the spot. 

5. Waffle bites

Waffle mix is inexpensive, so why not make waffle bites? Cut a waffle into fourths and top with fruits, caramel, or chocolate.

6. Decorated sugar cookies

Take sugar cookies to the next level by decorating them. All you’ll need is icing, food dye, and a piping bag.

7. Ice cream sundaes

Sundaes are perfect for summer baby showers. Choose 1 ice cream flavor and let your guests pick their toppings—pretzels, caramel drizzle, and chocolate chips are just some of the options.

8. S’mores bar

Set up a s’mores bar for a DIY dessert. You’ll need graham crackers, chocolate bars, and marshmallows. Don’t forget skewers and a few candles.

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65 Fun Baby Shower Finger Foods I Taste of Home

Whether you're expecting a boy or a girl, you can expect another thing for sure: your friends and family to adore these delicious baby shower finger foods.

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My guests peeled rubber getting to the table to munch on these puffs. The tender bites are made with hassle-free refrigerated crescent rolls and a flavorful chicken and cream-cheese filling. —Amber Kimmich, Powhatan, Virginia

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These bite-sized snacks are rich, buttery and full of flavor. You can serve them alone or with a dip.—Mildred Sherrer, Fort Worth, Texas

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Caramelizing onions, broiling peppers and whipping up a homemade aioli with fresh herbs adds dimensions of flavor you won’t find in a store-bought bruschetta. —Stephanie Kalina-Metzger, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania

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This beautiful cheesecake appetizer can be refrigerated up to 24 hours before serving, so it's the perfect make-ahead recipe for holidays, game days or special occasions. —Marilyn Edelman, Sabetha, Kansas

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This colorful appetizer is one of my potluck go-tos. My family loves it served either warm or cold. —Mary Ann Dell, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

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Prepare these easy, cheesy roll-ups several days in advance if desired. Serve with your choice of mild or hot salsa or picante sauce. —Barbara Keith, Faucett, Missouri

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My family is picky, but everyone loves these little bites. I make dozens of them at a time because they’re gone the second I turn my back. —Colleen MacDonald, Port Moody, British Columbia

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There's plenty of both crunch and cream in these party appetizers. Fresh chives help them really stand out. —Jean McKenzie, Vancouver, Washington

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For a fresh take on fried jalapeno poppers, we stuff chicken, cheeses and jalapenos inside puff pastry, then bake it. —Sally Sibthorpe, Shelby Township, Michigan

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Trade in the usual veggie platter for these fun kabobs. In addition to preparing these for get-togethers, I often make these as snacks for my family. And because assembly is so easy, the kids often ask to help. —Christine Mitchell, Glendora, California

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These fancy-looking appetizers are ideal when entertaining large groups. The cute crunchy cups are stuffed with a cheesy pork sausage filling that kids of all ages enjoy. We keep a few in the freezer so we can easily reheat them for late-night snacking. —Mary Thomas North Lewisburg, Ohio

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As a starter or light snack, this bruschetta is a wonderful way to savor the season with just a bite of fresh peach amid a medley of lively flavors. —Nikiko Masumoto, Del Ray, California

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My husband enjoys this recipe so much that he even helps me roll up the roulades! You can change the filling any way you like—I have used feta instead of Parmesan, or sun-dried tomatoes in the place of the olives. —April McKinney, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

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This Italian eggplant dip preps quickly and actually gets better as it stands. Serve it warm or at room temperature. Try adding a little leftover caponata to scrambled eggs for a savory breakfast. —Nancy Beckman, Helena, Montana

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Here's an impressive-looking dish that's a snap to prepare. Even when my cooking time is limited, I can still serve this delicious crescent wreath. The red pepper and green broccoli add a festive touch. —Marlene Denissen, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin

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My children like these so much that they ask for them every day for lunch during the summer. Whenever I have leftover chicken or turkey breast, this is a delicious way to use it up. —Patricia Nieh, Portola Valley, California

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I love incorporating new flavors into old classics, and these garlic deviled eggs were a big hit! The garlic can be roasted and the eggs can be hard-boiled up to three days in advance. The egg yolk filling can be made the night before. —Ellen Weaver, Denver, Colorado

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Asparagus makes lovely finger food, especially wrapped in pastry and tasty filling. Easily assembled, it’s perfect for weeknight noshing or something a little fancier for entertaining. —Linda Hall, Evington, Virginia

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Guests will think you spent hours preparing these cute appetizers, but they’re really easy to assemble, using purchased puff pastry. And the tasty combination of Brie, caramelized onions and caraway is terrific. —Carole Resnick, Cleveland, Ohio

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My mother shared this fabulous recipe with me, and I have shared it with many friends. They are always requesting this tasty appetizer. The flavor explosion is something else. —Stephanie Perenyi, Littleton, Colorado

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I love banh mi sandwiches but wanted to make them a little easier to serve for a party. These skewers are a really fun twist! For easier prep on the day of the party, make the meatballs in advance and freeze them. —Elisabeth Larsen, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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I love this recipe because you can serve it warm or cold. I usually make these stuffed potatoes ahead and serve them chilled with a tzatziki sauce. —Dee Guelcher, Acworth, Georgia

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I created this deep fried mac and cheese recipe for my husband. He describes this recipe as unbelievably delicious because of the crispy deep-fried coating on the outside and the creamy richness on the inside. —Shirley Rickis, The Villages, Florida

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Three kinds of cheese and some curry powder make this cheese log a little more lively than most. Swipe it on your favorite cracker with a drizzle of honey for a sensational snack. —Ethel Johnson, North Saanich, British Columbia

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Pimiento cheese has long been a favorite in our family, so these bite-sized appetizers are a treat! I add Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce to give them a little kick. Caramelized onions create another layer of flavor. You can make the cheese and onions three to five days in advance; they store well. If you need to save time, you can use premade jalapeno pimiento cheese. —Caitlyn Bunch, Trenton, Georgia

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My whole family devours this herby cheese spread—even my son, the chef. Serve it with your favorite crackers. —Jane Vince, London, Ontario

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Filled with sausage, sweet pepper and cream cheese, these roll-ups are excellent for unexpected visitors, a cocktail party or a halftime snack. Besides being easy to make, they can be done way ahead and kept in the freezer. All you have to do is pop them into a hot oven! —Cindy Nerat, Menominee, Michigan

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I first made this for an open house three years ago and everybody liked it. It's easy to make and tastes delicious. Cheesecake is popular in these parts—it's fun to have it for an appetizer instead of dessert for a change. —Joanie Elbourn, Gardner, Massachusetts

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Korean wontons (called mandoo) are not hot and spicy like many of the traditional Korean dishes. Filled with inexpensive vegetables and beef, the fried dumplings are very easy to prepare and so tasty!. —Christy Lee, Horsham, Pennsylvania

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Cherry tomatoes may be small, but these are full of amazing flavor. Plus, they add color to any table. —Rev. David Bostedt, Zephyrhills, Florida

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Unless you plan to make two, don't count on leftovers. As an appetizer or side, this cheesy flatbread will be devoured in less time than it takes to bake. And that's not long! —Suzanne Zick, Maiden, North Carolina

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These small bites are well worth the time they take. Serve them as part of an antipasto platter or as a cheese course alongside your favorite wine. —Eleanor Grofvert, Kalamazoo, Michigan

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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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Even if you don't like mushrooms, you will have to try them again with these pretty appetizers, which taste divine. For a main dish, double the filling and use large portobellos. —Lorraine Caland, Shuniah, Ontario

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My take on Italian street food, these fried tortellini are crunchy, gooey good. For the sauce, use the best quality tomatoes you can find. —Angela Lemoine, Howell, New Jersey

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I came across this recipe years ago. Everyone who tries these little toasts absolutely loves them. The pesto is easy to find in the grocery store, and it blends beautifully with the tangy, creamy goat cheese. —Jennifer Kunz, Troy, Michigan

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Here's a healthy and delicious addition to any buffet spread. Mushrooms and pearl onions seasoned with herbs, balsamic vinegar and red wine are terrific on their own or alongside a tenderloin roast. —Courtney Wilson, Fresno, California

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If you love sweet red, yellow and orange peppers, pair them with fresh mint for a cold kitchen appetizer. Marinate for up to one hour before assembling. —Noelle Myers, Grand Forks, North Dakota

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I created this appetizer because I entertain a lot and wanted something simple but special. People like these empanadas so much! I always make extra. —Lynn Scully, Rancho Santa Fe, California

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This is an easy tomato appetizer that all of my family and friends love. The garden-fresh ingredients capture summer and meld together for a delightful hors d’oeuvre recipe that goes well with many different main dishes. —Lisa Kane, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Fancy-looking and filling, these sensational appetizers are a lot easier to make than they look. With just a few ingredients and our easy directions, it'll be a snap! —Kaitlyn Benito, Everett, Washington

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I used this recipe when I was in a culinary-arts program and had to prepare an entire buffet by myself. It’s an impressive party appetizer yet goes together so easily. —Amy Gaisford, Salt Lake City, Utah

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This special appetizer always makes it to our neighborhood parties and is the first to disappear at the buffet table. It's attractive, delicious—and easy! —Laurie Casper, Coraopolis, Pennsylvania

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For a change from the usual toasted tomato appetizer, try this baked crostini recipe. If you like, slice the baguette at an angle instead of making a straight cut. —Leondre Hermann, Stuart, Florida

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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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For a light bite, I created these pretty appetizers. I really like asparagus, so I’m always trying it in different things. This is a delicious twist on traditional bruschetta. —Elaine Sweet, Dallas, Texas

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This recipe is just like any other Asian wrap but with more flavor, a healthy twist and the convenience of a slow cooker. Instead of ordering Chinese, try making these yourself. —Melissa Hansen, Ellison Bay, Wisconsin

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I needed a brand-new appetizer for a big party. I covered polenta with Gorgonzola and a tangy sauce. That’s how you spread holiday cheer. —Margee Berry, White Salmon, Washington

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It's believed the Greeks served cheesecake at the first Olympics, so why not rewrite history with a Greek cheesecake appetizer? Ingredients in this version "tame" the kalamata olives, so even if you shy away from kalamatas, you'll be glad you tried this one. For a milder flavor, use the more common black or green olives. —Theresa Kreyche, Tustin, California

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Roasted red peppers and ricotta cheese give these pastry puffs delicious flavor, while parsley and oregano add a little spark. —Maria Regakis, Somerville, Massachusetts

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I made a healthier spin on my favorite celebrity chef’s recipe by subbing in vegetable broth for some of the oil and going easy on the cheese. To top crostini, use this recipe for a pastelike pesto. For use on pasta, add more broth for a saucelike consistency. —Amber Massey, Argyle, Texas

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I took a couple of my favorite recipes and combined them into these delicious hors d'oeuvres. The colorful and impressive snacks come together easily with refrigerated crescent roll dough, prepared pesto sauce and a jar of roasted red peppers. —Kathleen Farrell, Rochester, New York

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I call toasted ravioli a fan favorite because it disappears faster than I can make it. With just five ingredients, this is how you start the party. —Kathy Morgan, Temecula, California

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These finger sandwiches are filling enough to satisfy hearty appetites. I've served the fun little stacks at every event, including holiday gatherings, showers and tailgate parties. —Kelly Williams, Forked River, New Jersey

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This unique, flavorful salad and bread combo will get rave reviews—guaranteed. —Frances Pietsch, Flower Mound, Texas

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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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Simple ingredients—in fact you probably have most if not all in your kitchen— are used to create a fantastic, but different appetizer.—Meta West, Abilene, Kansas

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Basil mayonnaise is the secret to these tasty little sandwiches. Keep any extra mayo in the fridge to spread on other sandwiches, stir into egg salad or layer on pizza crust before topping it with other ingredients. —Lara Pennell, Mauldin, South Carolina

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You won't believe the compliments you'll receive when you greet guests with these warm appetizers. Every crispy bite offers the savory tastes of feta cheese, tomatoes, basil and garlic. They're terrific for holiday parties or most any gathering. —Stacey Rinehart, Eugene, Oregon

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You won't be able to eat just one of these mini quiches. Filled with savory sausage, Swiss cheese and a dash of cayenne, the mouthwatering morsels will disappear fast from the breakfast or buffet table. —Dawn Stitt, Hesperia, Michigan

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Brussels sprouts for a snack? Oh, yes. Combine these roasted goodies with cheese for the ultimate toast topper. —Athena Russell, Greenville, South Carolina

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I sandwich full-flavored meats, cheeses and veggies between layers of flaky crescent dough for this sensational treat. We like to have marinara sauce on hand for dipping. —Amy Bell, Arlington, Tennessee

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This is my go-to appetizer in the summer when tomatoes and basil are fresh from the garden. The balsamic glaze takes this bruschetta recipe over the top. I like to use a Tuscan herb- or basil-infused olive oil for this. But, it's great with just plain olive oil, too. —Brittany Allyn, Mesa, Arizona

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These delicious corn croquettes are baked like muffins instead of fried. They can be served with butter, but my family prefers salsa as an accompaniment. —Karen Kuebler, Dallas, Texas

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Every bite of this cheesy dip delivers tons of flavor. I have been asked over and over again for the recipe. It's so easy to make and a great appetizer for any time of year. —Maggie McDermott, Central Square, New York

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Originally Published: August 15, 2019

Annamarie Higley

Annamarie Higley is an Associate Print Editor for Taste of Home magazine, as well as the brand's special issue publications. A midwestern transplant originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she enjoys hiking, trivia-ing, and—you guessed it!—all things cooking and baking.

Menu for children's birthday from 2 to 10 years old - recipes with photos On the eve of this wonderful holiday, every mother puzzles over how to make this day truly unforgettable for a child. Invite his friends to visit and arrange a small home party with fun entertainment. And most importantly - come up with how to surprise little fidgets at the festive table!

A festive table can be called an obligatory and invariable attribute of a birthday. However, the choice of menu will depend on a variety of parameters and conditions.

In the case of a children's banquet, important factors such as the age of the children, taste preferences, and requirements for healthy and safe food must be taken into account.


Children's birthday menu for 2-3 years old

At this age, the child still has a lot of culinary restrictions. First of all, the restrictions apply to preservatives, food allergens, hot spices, bitter, sour and salty foods, high sugar content, hard to digest, fatty foods.

Remember that children at this age are not very fond of experimenting with food. The combination of more than two or three ingredients mixed in one dish can be alarming.

So, I present to your attention a menu option for a children's birthday party for 2-3 year olds


Snacks on the children's table should be as bright and varied as possible in their content. But remember that for this age group it is important not to use allergenic vegetables and fruits.

Ladybug Sandwiches

  • Biscuits - 1 pack.
  • Chicken pate (better to use homemade) - 200 gr.
  • Bunch of lettuce
  • Cherry tomatoes - 500 gr.
  • Olives - 1 jar
  • Spread the pâté on the biscuits, about 0. 5 cm thick.
  • Place a lettuce leaf on each biscuit.
  • Cut the cherry tomato in half, cut into quarters on one side to create the appearance of slightly open ladybug wings.
  • Cut out olive heads.
  • Eyes and flecks on the wings can be made with sour cream and a toothpick.

Charming ladybugs will delight little guests with their taste and beauty!

Snack "Mushrooms on skewers"

For preparation you will need:
  • Cherry tomatoes - 10 pcs.
  • Quail eggs - 10 pcs.
  • Hard cheese - 100 gr.
  • Sour cream - 2-3 tbsp. spoons
  • Small bunch of parsley
  • Boil the eggs, cut off the top of the egg so that the yolk can be removed.
  • Grind the yolks with a fork in a bowl, add sour cream, finely grated cheese.
  • Mix everything thoroughly, adding a little salt.
  • We start with the resulting mixture.
  • Cut the cherry tomatoes into 2 parts, remove the juice and part of the pulp. So that the tomato can be put on the egg like a hat.
  • String on a skewer in the shape of a mushroom. Decorate with a sprig of parsley.

Charming mushrooms are not only beautiful, but also very tasty! This idea is sure to please the kids!

Fruit and vegetable cuts are also popular on the children's holiday table. And beautifully served vegetables and fruits will never go unnoticed.

Salads for the festive table

Young children are not very fond of experimenting with unknown dishes. But if you give the salad an interesting and unusual design, then there will certainly be interest. Therefore, before you start cooking, think about how you will arrange it.

I present to your attention the options for preparing salads that your kids will definitely like.

Fish salad

We will need:
  • Boiled beets - 1 pc.
  • Apple (large) - 1 pc.
  • Prunes - 50 gr.
  • Sour cream - 1 tbsp. 0035 Grate beets and apples.
  • Wash prunes, scald with boiling water.
  • Mix all the ingredients.
  • Put on a dish and form in the form of a fish, focusing on the image.
  • Hedgehog salad

    • Hard cheese - 250 gr.
    • Boiled chicken fillet - 200 gr.
    • Chicken eggs - 3 pcs.
    • Fresh cucumber - 1 pc.
    • Apple - 1 pc.
    • Natural yoghurt - 500 gr.
    For registration:
    • Parsley - bunch
    • Boiled sausage - 50 gr.
    • Olives - 4-5 pcs.
    1. Lay out the salad in layers.
    2. The first layer is minced meat.
    3. Second layer - cucumber, grated on a coarse grater.
    4. Third layer - boiled eggs, finely chopped.
    5. Fourth layer - grated apple.
    6. Coat each layer with yoghurt.
    7. We make it in the form of a hedgehog, focusing on the photo.

    Options for preparing hot dishes for children 2-3 years old

    Hot dishes for the festive table for children 2-3 years old

    Original Chunga-Changa dish

    This dish can be prepared in various ways. Pasta decorated with vegetables and herbs is very popular with children. The dish can be supplemented with fish cake.

    For garnish:
    • Macaroni - 300 gr.
    • Sunflower oil - 2-3 tbsp. spoons
    • Salt - 1 tbsp. spoon
    Minced meat for cutlets:
    • Fish fillet - 500 gr
    • Butter - 150 gr
    • Semolina - 2 tbsp. l
    • Chicken eggs - 2 pcs.
    • Bulb onion - 1 head
    • Salt to taste
    For decoration:
    • Bulgarian pepper (red, yellow) - 1 pc.
    • Lettuce - Bunch
    • Cucumber - 1 pc.
    • Radishes - 1 pc.
    Cooking pasta:
    • Boil pasta in salted water until tender.
    • To prevent pasta from sticking together, you can add 2-3 tablespoons of sunflower oil to the pasta pan.
    • Cook for 10-15 minutes.
    • Drain the water using a colander.
    Next, prepare fish cakes:

    For children of such a young age, it is better not to fry the meatballs, but to steam them. So you save nutrients and eliminate the accumulation of excess fat.

    1. First of all, peel the onion, cut it into large pieces and pass it through a meat grinder
    2. Grind the fish fillet into pieces, too, to make it easier to pass through the meat grinder
    3. Mix minced fish with chopped onion
    4. semolina
    5. Salt to taste
    6. We form cutlets, roll them in breadcrumbs or semolina and put them in a steamer bowl
    7. Cook for 20-30 minutes
    8. Vegetables intended for decorating the dish, cut and decorate, focusing on the image

    The result will be very bright and beautiful!

    Hot dish "Sovushka"

    Mashed potatoes, combined with chicken cutlet and vegetables, will definitely appeal to little guests.

    • Mashed potatoes
    • Chicken fillet - 800 gr.
    • Onion - 1 pc.
    • Chicken eggs - 1 pc.
    • Rye bread - 200 gr.
    • Milk - 1 cup
    • Salt to taste
    Preparation of cutlets:
    • Grind chicken fillet using
    • onions
    • Weak the bread in milk in milk in milk, onion, egg, salt
    • Squeeze the bread out of milk and send it to minced meat
    • Form cutlets, steam for 30-40 minutes
    • We decorate the dish according to the photo

    Dessert dishes

    The most favorite and delicious part of the festive table is desserts. For the little guests, I have prepared a selection of delicious, and most importantly, not harmful dessert dishes.

    Cottage cheese - banana pancakes

    • 200 gr. - Flour
    • 300 gr. - Cottage cheese
    • 200 ml. - Milk
    • 4 pcs. - Chicken eggs
    • 3 pcs. - Bananas
    • Juice of half a lemon or apple
    • 1 teaspoon - Baking powder
    • Sugar, salt to taste
    • Vegetable oil.
    The course of actions:
    • Grind the cottage cheese and bananas with a blender, add milk
    • Mix in the bowl all the bulk ingredients
    • We separate the protein from the yolk
    • The yolk is the venue
    • 9003 add the protein to the cottage cheese-banana mixture, mix with a spatula
    • Preheat the frying pan, brush with oil
    • Spread the pancakes in small portions and bake on both sides until evenly browned
    • Can be decorated in the form of a canapé, decorate with a piece of fruit or a berry on top, sprinkled with powdered sugar.
    Berry Muffins

    • 30 gr. - Butter
    • 50 gr. - Sugar
    • 150 ml. - Milk
    • 1 pc. - Egg
    • 150 gr. - Wheat flour
    • 1 tsp - baking powder
    • 1 sachet - Vanillin
    • 150 gr. - Berries
    1. Grind the butter with sugar, break one egg
    2. Pour in the milk. Mix until smooth
    3. In a separate bowl, mix all dry ingredients. Pour into the milk mixture in 2-3 doses. Each time stir until all lumps disappear
    4. Cut the berry into pieces if the berry is large. We send to the dough. Evenly distribute the berries throughout the mass, gently mixing
    5. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full with dough
    6. Put in the oven for 20-25 minutes at 200 C »

      And of course, the most important treat on the holiday table is a cake.
      A very tasty, original, and most importantly healthy curd cake - soufflé with fruit jelly.

      For cooking, you can use any version of the classic biscuit. And you can also take ready-made cakes, which are sold in any "shop near the house."

      For preparation:
      • Classic biscuit
      For soufflé:
      • Cottage cheese - 200 gr.
      • Sour cream from 25% - 500 gr.
      • Sugar - 100 gr.
      • Gelatin - 30 gr.
      • Vanillin - 1 gr.
      • Water - 4 table. False
      For peach jelly:
      • Canned peaches - 1 can (large)
      • Agar-agar - 30 gr.
      Prepare the soufflé:
      • Soak the gelatine in cold water beforehand. We put the swollen gelatin in a water bath, bring to a state of a homogeneous solution. Put the prepared solution in a warm place
      • Grind cottage cheese with a blender until smooth
      • Add 2 tbsp. spoons of sour cream. Beat to a paste-like state
      • Beat the remaining sour cream in a separate bowl with sugar and vanillin until a thick cream forms.
      • Mix the gelatin with the curd mass and carefully stir in the whipped sour cream in small portions. Suffle is ready
      We collect cake
      • Syrup from canned peaches we will use to impregnate a biscuit, as well as for jelly
      • Persians and cut into slices in the form of a crescent
      • We are ready
      • to proceed to the assembly of Thorsta
      • We spread the biscuit cake in the culinary ring. The thickness of the cake should not be too large, 1.5-2 cm will be enough
      • Soak with peach syrup
      • Spread the soufflé. Distribute the soufflé evenly so that there are no air voids
      • Lay the peaches on the soufflé
      • Lastly, prepare the jelly. 250 ml. bring the syrup to a boil. Add arag-agar to the boiling syrup. Boil for 3 minutes and switch off
      • Let cool a little and pour over the peaches
      • Send the cake to the refrigerator for at least two hours

      Our delicacy is ready!

      Fruit will also be popular as a dessert. Fruits can also be served in different variations. Fruit can be decorated in an original way

      Grape Hedgehogs
      Fruit Baskets

      Baby drinks

      It will be enough to cook compote, fruit drink or use drinks bought at the store, but be sure to make sure that it is allowed for children under 3 years old.

      Children's birthday menu 4-6 years old

      At this age, children become incredibly restless. It is very difficult to seat them at the table, and even more so to feed them! Therefore, it is worth trying very hard to surprise with an interesting design of dishes.

      We will focus on snacks, fruits, a sweet table and drinks. Children of this age can already be offered a more varied menu than babies 2-3 years old.


      Chicken Nuggets

      We will need:
      • Chicken fillet - 500 gr.
      • Chicken eggs - 2 pcs.
      • Hard cheese - 100 gr.
      • Crackers - 150 gr.
      • Salt to taste.
      1. Cut the fillet into pieces, about 3x3 cm in size and 1-1.5 cm thick
      2. Whisk the eggs in a bowl, adding salt
      3. Prepare the breading. Grind the cracker to coarse crumbs. We rub cheese. Stir until smooth
      4. Dip the chicken fillet pieces into the egg mixture, then roll in the breading
      5. Cover the baking sheet with confectionery paper, put the breaded chicken pieces on it
      6. Set the temperature in the oven to 200 degrees and send the nuggets for baking, for 20-30 minutes until browned.

      Canapes are always in high demand among our little guests. The main task is to make them interesting, bright. And it doesn’t matter if they are meat, vegetable or fruit. Children will still be interested in them.

      Salads for the festive table
      Cheburashka salad

      • Boiled poultry fillet - 300 gr.
      • Hard cheese - 150 gr.
      • Prunes - 100 gr.
      • Boiled carrots - 150 gr.
      • Boiled eggs - 4 pcs.
      • Sour cream or mayonnaise - for dressing
      • Greens, walnuts for decoration.
      Method of preparation:
      1. We wash the prunes, steam in boiling water for 10 minutes, then cut it with medium pieces
      2. Cut the meat
      3. cheese and carrots are rubbed on the middle grater
      4. Eggs are also cleaned on the grater
      5. We crush walnuts in a mortar
        Lettuce is laid out in layers. We immediately make it in the form of cheburashka
      6. The first layer - carrots
      7. The second layer - meat
      8. The third layer - prunes
      9. The fourth layer - eggs
      10. We coat between the layers with sour cream or mayonnaise. You can not every layer, but after one
      11. Decorate with walnuts, carrots, olives, herbs. As shown in the photo
      Bunny Salad

      This salad can be served in portions. Made in the form of a hare. The salad is very light and delicious. And most importantly, originally served.

      We will need:
      • Cucumber - 1 pc.
      • Canned corn - 1 can
      • Crab sticks - 200 gr.
      • Sour cream - for dressing
      • Boiled eggs - 4 pcs.
      • Olives, dill, pepper for garnish
      • Chop cucumber, crab sticks, eggs into small cubes
      • Mix all chopped ingredients in a deep bowl, add corn and sour cream
      • Mix everything
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      • We lay out on the dish, designed as shown in the photo

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      Hot dish "Turtles"

      • minced meat (non -fat) - 1 kg
      • onion onion - 1 pc.
      • Eggs - 1 pc.
      • Salt - a pinch
      • Lettuce leaves - a bunch
      • Sausages (children's) - 1 pack.
      • Processed cheese (leaf) - 1 pack.
      • Cloves - for decoration

      In a bowl, mix minced meat, finely chopped onion, egg, salt. We form cutlets, in the form of a turtle body

      Cut the sausages, cut the processed cheese into strips. We form turtles as shown in the image

      Put in the oven at a temperature of 180 degrees for 40-50 minutes.
      Serve the dish with lettuce, The dish is ready!

      "Vegetable Muffins"

      • Poultry fillet - 400 gr.
      • Wheat flour 100 gr.
      • Eggs - 2 pcs.
      • Young zucchini - 200 gr.
      • Bell pepper - 1⁄2 pcs.
      • Hard cheese 50 gr.
      • Milk - 4 tbsp.
      • Salt - a pinch
      • Baking powder - 0.5 tsp.
      • Sunflower oil
      • Meat, marrow, bell pepper cut into small cubes
      • Heat up a frying pan, stew chopped vegetables and meat, with the addition of vegetable oil 15-20 minutes
      • salt
      • Add flour and baking powder. Mix thoroughly
      • Grate the cheese on a coarse grater
      • In a separate container, mix the dough, stew mixture, grated cheese. Mix and put into paper muffin cups
      • Bake muffins in the oven for 20-30 minutes until golden brown at a temperature of 180 degrees

      Desserts for a birthday

      “Fruit compositions”

      , as well as fruits in waffle cones will look very original on the festive table.

      You can improvise a lot with fruit. You can use any of the options shown in the image.

      It is not necessary to follow the full correspondence with the photo, you can use other types of berries and fruits that you have.

      Dessert "Jelly in oranges"

      Bright, beautiful, original dessert will definitely please you and your guests. Preparing is not difficult at all and very quickly.

      For cooking:
      • Oranges - 4 pcs.
      • Jelly - 4 colors
      • Water
      • Cut oranges into 2 pieces. Remove all the pulp
      • Dilute the jelly according to the instructions on the package
      • Pour the orange halves with liquid jelly
      • Refrigerate for several hours
      • After the jelly has hardened, take it out of the refrigerator and cut into multi-colored slices
      • Place our
      • on a dish
      • colorful, delicious food.
      Classic Cupcakes


      - Flour

    7. 2/3 stack. - Sugar
    8. 1 tsp. - Vanillin
    9. 2/3 stack. - Milk
    10. 100 gr. - Butter
    11. 1 tsp. - Baking powder
    12. Salt - a pinch

Cheese cream:

  • Curd cream cheese - 300 gr.
  • Butter - 100 gr.
  • Powdered sugar - 80 gr.

Culinary tool:

  1. Sieve for flour
  2. molds
  3. MIXER
  4. Culinary bag
We will prepare this:
  • rewind the softened oil, together with sugar 9003, together with sugar 900 salt
  • Add sifted flour mixed with baking powder
  • Add milk. Mix well
  • Place in molds. The dough in the molds should be no more than half, as it turns out to be very magnificent
  • Send them to the oven for half an hour at a temperature of 180 C
Prepare the cheese cream:
  • Grind the butter with powdered sugar
  • Spread the cheese
  • Beat with a mixer until smooth. The cream is ready
  • On the cooled cupcakes, using a culinary bag and a nozzle, we plant the cream on the cupcakes with a hat
  • Decorate as you wish. You can use various powders, berries and fruits
  • You can also experiment with coloring the cream with food coloring

These rainbow-colored cakes will delight both children and adults!

Drinks for children 4-6 years

Lemonade drink

  • Lemon juice - 2 cups
  • Sugar - 2 cups
  • Water - 12 stacks
  • Lemon - 2 pcs.

Combine freshly squeezed lemon juice and sugar in a large pitcher. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
Add water.

Cut lemons into thin slices and place in a jug. Since the drink is intended for young children, you should not get carried away with ice and excessive cooling of the drink.

Strawberry milkshake

You can use any berries and fruits for this cocktail. We will prepare a cocktail with strawberries.

  • Milk - 1 liter
  • Ice cream sundae - 300 gr.
  • Fresh strawberries - 500 gr.
  • Put the washed strawberries into a blender bowl, grind into a puree
  • Put the ice cream, pour in the milk
  • Beat at high speed for 10 minutes
  • Pour in portions
  • Serve immediately after whipping

Birthday menu for children 7-10 years old


As snacks, I suggest using different types of canapés (meat, vegetable, fruit sandwiches) .

You can use whatever food you have in your fridge. The main task is to cut into pieces (cubes, triangles, stars) as you like and string on skewers.

Salads for the festive table

As for salads, you don't have to bother with very complicated recipes. The main thing here is the presentation. It should be interesting and unusual.

Instead of a common dish, you can put the salad in tartlets or in cheese baskets or on potato chips. This serving option is sure to please your little guests!

Here are a few simple recipes that are perfect for serving this way

Summer Salad

  • Tomatoes - 2 pcs.
  • Cucumber - 1 pc.
  • Hard cheese - 150 gr.
  • Sour cream - for dressing
  • Greens - a small bunch.

Finely chop all the ingredients. Mix in one bowl. We fill with sour cream. Divide into tartlets. You can decorate the top with a sprig of dill.

Crab meat salad

  • Crab meat - 100 gr.
  • Eggs - 1-2 pcs.
  • Cheese - 100 gr.
  • Greens - for decoration
  • Mayonnaise - to taste

Crab meat, egg finely cut into cubes. Three cheese on a fine grater. Mix all the ingredients, season. We fill tartlets or cheese baskets.

Hot meals


All kids love pizza. Homemade pizza garnished with olives and cherry tomatoes will be a great main course for any children's party

Pizza is based on thinly rolled dough. It can be prepared at home, or bought at the nearest store.

And to make a delicious filling, you do not need a special talent, you can experiment to your taste, using both canned and fresh vegetables, meat, cheeses of different types. You can also experiment with its shape.

The principle of making any pizza is the same:

We shape pizza to your liking. You can make portioned pizzas or one, but large. You can also give the form of any animal or any friend.

The next step is to cover the dough with sauce. As a sauce, you can use ketchup, ketchup with sour cream, mayonnaise with ketchup. As well as a more complex combination of various additives.

Next, lay out the prepared filling. The ingredients for the filling are cut into thin slices.
At the very end, sprinkle with grated hard cheese.

Meat filling:
  • Boiled poultry fillet - 150 gr.
  • Meat carbonate - 150 gr
  • Olives - 1 can
  • Onion, cut into rings - 1 onion
  • Tomatoes - 1 pc.
  • Hard cheese - 150 gr.
Vegetable filling:
  • Tomatoes - 1 pc.
  • Champignon mushrooms - 100 gr.
  • Bulb onion (rings) - 1 head
  • Bulgarian pepper (cut into rings) - 1 pc.
  • Olives - 1 can
  • Hard cheese - 150 gr.

"Potato Cakes"

As a side dish, I recommend mashed potatoes, originally decorated in the form of a cake. It's not hard to cook either.

Boil potatoes. Blend with an immersion blender until smooth.

Using a piping bag and a pastry cutter, place mashed potatoes on a baking sheet and place in the oven for 15 minutes.

Adorable potato cakes are ready!

"Rice balls with cheese"

  • Boiled rice - 300 gr.
  • Syt hard - 150 gr.
  • Chicken eggs - 1 pc.
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Cut the cheese into cubes
  • Shape the rice into balls, put a piece of cheese inside
  • Roll the cheese well into the middle of the rice ball
  • Heat the oil in a saucepan. There should be enough oil so that the rice ball is completely immersed in hot oil
  • Beat the egg with salt
  • Dip the balls in the beaten egg. Then roll in breadcrumbs
  • Fry until golden brown

Cheese balls are ready to serve! Enjoy your meal!

Desserts for the festive table

Dessert treats are the most important thing on the festive table. To do this, I propose to use the original dishes, which are not difficult to make, but very beautiful and tasty.

Swiss meringue

  • Protein - 100 gr.
  • Sugar - 200 gr.
  • Food coloring
  • We heat the proteins with sugar in a water bath to a temperature of 45-70 degrees
  • Stir constantly, until sugar is completely dissolved
  • Beat at the highest speed of the mixer, until stable peaks form
  • part of the whipped mass, add the dye, gently stir
  • In a culinary bag, combine, without stirring, the white and colored protein mass
  • Using a figured nozzle, plant the meringues on a baking sheet
  • Put in the oven for 2-3 hours at a temperature of 90 degrees

Caramelized Apples

  • Honey - 1 cup.
  • Cream - 1 cup.
  • Butter - 50 gr
  • Apples - 6 pcs.
  • Salt - a pinch
  • For decoration (nuts, coconut, chocolate chips)
  • Wash apples well, dry, put on skewers
  • Put in the refrigerator to cool
  • In a metal container, mix honey, cream, butter
  • Put on a slow fire and cook until thick, stirring
  • Leave to cool
  • Dip cold apples in caramel mass, spread on parchment or foil
  • If if you want to additionally decorate the apples, then additionally roll them in the prepared topping
  • Send the finished caramel apples to the refrigerator
"Fruit Desserts"

Video recipe for making a festive cake "Snickers"

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Paprika Chicken Roll

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Hearty veggie Mexican avocado dip to go with corn tortillas, crackers and vegetable sticks.

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Salmon Spring Rolls

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Potato biscuits with cheese and herbs de Provence

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