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Kid Party - Any Suggestions For Snacks?

Am throwing a brithday bash for my little one in a few weeks and am trying to think of somewhat healthy treats to serve along with the cake. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

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  1. How old is your little one? I have nearly-four-year-old twins and am becoming an expert on kid-friendly snacks.

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    1. re: Bob W

      cupcakes always are a hit.We do a small cate then a buch of cupcakes.

      1. re: Bob W

        She's going to be two, but the kids coming to the party are between 2 & 5.

        1. re: shelbyeileen

          My twins (fortunately) love fruit and also mini carrots -- with ranch dressing of course.

          Some of their favorite fruits are sliced (and peeled) apples, cantaloupe, watermelon, grapes, bananas, and -- we just learned, apricots!

          They also like freeze-dried fruit (from Trader Joe's), and yogurt-covered fruit.

          For packaged snacks, they like Goldfish and Cheez-Its, which are not horribly unhealthy.

          1. re: Bob W

            Carrots are not recommended for two year olds. They are a choking hazard.

            Chicken nuggets and pizza cut into strips are probably your best bet. You can also serve cake or cupcakes, but keep it simple. Unfortunately, my daughter has 15 year old friends who haven't progressed much past this stage, so anything fancier may be uneaten.

      2. Depends on how old. G-son is now 11 but has, for years, enjoyed veggies with ranch dressing (must be ranch).

        1. You may not be an artist, but you can cut fruit up and assemble it on plates to look ike animals or form little pictures... Check out som of the bento groups ( http://www.flickr.com/search/groups/?... ) on flicker for ideas.. its amazing what you can arrange to form pictures... bento box not manditory.
          I've seen a pear made into a dogs head with cheese ears and cherry noses... robots made out of slices of apple and carrot sticks... you can make a few different dips for the children to dip in, try yogurt and ranch (not mixed together of course
          )You can also make finger sandwichs (kind of like a tea party) and arrange them in a pretty way or even use cookie cutters to cut out shapes or make faces.
          I don't know if it falls along the lines of "healthy" but there is a really cute idea out there where you take half a hot dog, slice through it to make strands (but not all the way) and once you cook it the little strands curl up and look like legs. Octodogs! I learned about those on http://lunchinabox.net/2008/02/22/how...
          Hope that spawned some ideas for you :) Good luck!

          1. you can do a yogurt bar [regular, not frozen], with a few different flavors of yogurt, various cut-up fruits, and even some fun toppings like chocolate chips, granola, etc. the kids can choose their yogurt, the fruits they want, and a topping, and have a healthy sundae-like treat.

            if the idea of cups or bowls is potentially too messy, fruit skewers that can be dipped in yogurt and/or drizzled with sauce [chocolate, caramel, strawberry, etc.] works well.

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            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              Lots of good ideas at www.familyfun.com - including the cutest cupcakes ive ever seen

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                sharp skewers wouldn't be good for small children.

                A healthy take on potato chips: zucchini crisps. Slice zucchini and toss with a little EVOO. Cover in a bread crumb/parmesan mix and make until crisp.

                1. re: Jacey

                  they don't have to be sharp - you can use popsicle sticks.

                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                    You can also use pretzel rods for skewers.

              2. For several years of bd parties I did a snack buffet because I wasn't sure what kids would like and the consistent (and somewhat surprising) perennial favourites were sugar peas and those cheese string things (individual pieces of processed cheese that are made of little strings of cheese that kids pull off and eat). Younger kids tended to like less processed foods like fruits and veg, but if they have been out in the world, older kids do like chips (nothing too spicy) and popcorn. I have also learned to use bowls rather than plates for snacks because little ones do tend to tip their plates.

                I also always get juice boxes because they are not as much of a spilling hazard as open cups. I made up labels for them so the kids could tell them apart. I used animal stickers for the kids who were too young to recognize their names.