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Finger foods for 9 year old birthday party

mom22tots Aug 17, 2009 01:52 PM

We are throwing a birthday party for my 9 yr old daughter with a DJ in the backyard in Oct. The girls will be busy dancing so we don't want to take time out for everyone to sit down and eat the usual pizza. Thought maybe 'passed finger foods" would work...and after they've made their way around, they can be set out for when the girls take a break. Definite request for pigs in a blanket, but any other fun ideas? Some can be hot but hoping for one or two things that will be okay if they sit for a while.

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  1. goodhealthgourmet RE: mom22tots Aug 17, 2009 02:18 PM

    - set up a little make-your-own slider bar with various toppings & condiments and different types of burgers (beef, chicken, turkey, salmon, pork, veggie...)
    - a variety of skewers or meatballs (again, chicken, beef, veggie, shrimp...) with different dipping sauces.
    - deviled eggs with various fillings
    - crostini - the possibilities for toppings are pretty much endless here
    - spring rolls or shu mai with dipping sauces
    - mini tamales (though they'd probably want to sit down to eat them)
    - stuffed cherry tomatoes, zucchini, mushrooms
    - mini crab cakes
    - buffalo chicken tenders with blue cheese dip
    - frittata bites

    that should get you started...

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      mom22tots RE: goodhealthgourmet Aug 18, 2009 10:33 AM

      Many great suggestions...love the sliders idea. Thank you!!

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        goodhealthgourmet RE: mom22tots Aug 18, 2009 01:18 PM

        any time :)

    2. Phurstluv RE: mom22tots Aug 17, 2009 02:20 PM

      Know exactly what you mean... I have 2 birthday parties to throw next month for my soon to be 8 & 6 y.o. boys!!

      In the past, I've done:
      fruit kebabs, dinosaur chicken nuggets (it was a theme) peanut butter & banana sandwiches cut into stacks, turkey sandwich roll-ups, and for the adults, chicken sausage & pepper kebabs and a muffuletta pressed sandwich, can be made ahead and use any fillings you want. And can't forget, cupcakes! Have fun!

      1. todao RE: mom22tots Aug 17, 2009 04:26 PM

        Fish sticks, chicken nuggets, peanut butter stuffed into anything that will hold it (but probably not inside a vegetable) and lots of napkins.
        Freshly baked bread sticks with a variety of dipping sauces.

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          KiltedCook RE: mom22tots Aug 18, 2009 08:16 AM

          Corn Dog Pie

          2-6 hot dogs
          1 pkg jully Corn Bread Mix

          Cut hotdogs into kid sized pieces and put them in the bottom of a pie pan. Make up the Jiffy Mix according to package directions. Por mix over hotdogs until they're covered. Bake pretty much to package directions until Golden and a knife not stuck in hot dog comes out clean...

          1. Uncle Bob RE: mom22tots Aug 18, 2009 09:07 AM

            When I was 9 years old, I liked Snickers, Milky Ways, Three Musketeers, and Hershey Bars with almonds. So a bowl full of the Fun Size ones.

            1. JEN10 RE: mom22tots Aug 18, 2009 12:01 PM

              taquitos and quesadillas, the fruit skewers would be great, bean dip, chips, a queso dip, buckets of gummy worms, root beer floats.

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                mom22tots RE: JEN10 Aug 18, 2009 03:14 PM

                Root beer floats!! Great idea...

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                  JEN10 RE: mom22tots Aug 19, 2009 08:02 AM

                  I have done the floats a few times for b day parties, always a hit. One year I went to the fish market and purchased a few whole smallish scaly fish. Bought plain t shirts, and fabric paint. The kids loved stenciling the fish onto the shirts and they made great parting gifts for everyone. Hey there kids get messy!!!

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                laliz RE: mom22tots Aug 18, 2009 12:20 PM

                cold veggie appetizer squares

                fruit pizza squares


                bbq chicken tenders

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                  mom22tots RE: laliz Aug 18, 2009 03:13 PM

                  would love to hear more about the squares...esp fruit pizza squares. can you elaborate?

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                  torty RE: mom22tots Aug 18, 2009 11:14 PM

                  I will second egg rolls (I get the fried spring rolls from the Vietnamese market), and those mini quiches that are usually bacon, spinach and shroom are always well received. Cut up fruit (no skewers- they can get dangerous even with girls) works well. Pizza cut in little squares works too- but the possibility of tomato sauce on girly outfits is the main downside. Tiny but well decorate cupcakes as the grand finale or lots of cute cookies would be nice. Those ice cream nuggets (Dibs?) I see advertised might be fun set in a bet of ice.

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