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Kid Friendly "Cocktail" foods?

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My 1 year old daughter and I are both sick, so our family won't be going out for NYE anywhere. I thought it might be fun to do a "cocktail party" dinner for DH, myself and our 3 year old. Some fun finger foods, champagne for us and sparkling apple juice for the kiddos.

Does anyone have any easy but nice finger food ideas that an adventurous 3 year old would love? He prefers ethnic foods and spice over bland items (he doesn't like chicken nuggets and hot dogs, but loves a good tofu stirfry!). I was thinking of doing some mini samosas, but also wanted a couple other things to munch on too. Also something fun for dessert too. It would be nice if they could be served at roomp temp so the grownups can snack later on after the kids go to bed too.


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  1. in the past i have cooked for kids who have loved:

    fried wontons with sweet and spicy chili sauce
    coconut shrimp
    mini crab cakes

    1. chicken or pork satay
      spicy hummus with veggies
      quiche or frittatta
      fruit and a dipping sauce (chocolate, creamy or acidic, depending on your taste and the fruit you have)

      1. You could do a fondue type theme....that's always fun!

        1. PB&J or Nutella sandwiches can look very "grown-up" when cut into finger sandwiches. Cutting them with fun shaped cookie cutters can also make them more festive.

          1. Yes, a cheese fondue with bread, veggies and fruit would be great fun. Also the satay is a great idea, or kebobs with dipping sauces - the kids I know just love food on sticks. Although with a three year old I'd cut off the points after threading the meat through. Also, maybe shrimp cocktail? served in a cocktail glass? That's real grown-up food... and you can make the cocktail sauce nice and spicy.

            And aren't you lucky to have such an adventurous young person to feed?

            1. for those small fingers:

              Tortellini's with a ranch dressing -place in little paper cups
              serve with tiny spoons
              Taco tidbits - press the meat that has been mixed with taco seasoning into the bottom &up sides of a mini muffin tin 1 1/2 in
              cups, leave a well in the center. Combine cheese, sour cream, and taco salsa - place rounded 1/2 tsp of mixture into each cup. Bake 10-12 mins or until centers are set and meat is cooked thru. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with chips-remove from the tins serve warm, garnish with avocado, olives and cilantro..

              1. Thanks everyone. I make satay on a regular basis so it's not really a "special" thing for us. I decided to go with an assortment of finger foods. I ended up making:

                Chips and Onion Dip
                Feta and Carmelized Onion Pastry Bites (from TJ's - very good!)
                Appetizer Cheese Pizzas (TJ's)
                Chicken Shu Mai (also TJ's)
                Cantaloupe with Procuitto (sans Procuitto for my 1 yr old)
                Roasted Asparagus Spears with Parmesan
                Champagne and Sparkling Grape Juice

                My 3 yr old ate about a pound of the cantaloupe and a few asparagus spears and both kids loved the pizzas and the feta bites.