So you want to have your child's party at home? Let me guess, you're seriously sick of the same old party fare: pizza, chicken fingers, hamburgers, and french fries. We are too! Just because you aren't serving the typical foods doesn't mean your party can't be fabulous. We've put together seven go-to options we tell our party-at-home moms about! Pick a few of these super easy crowd pleasers and your party will be a hit!
1. Quesadillas. A staple on kids menus everywhere, quesadillas can be made healthy by adding in corn, avocado, shredded chicken or beef, etc. We know cheese is healthy and filled with the calcium kids need. Let kids pick their own fillings and whip these up fast. We love this Paula Deen recipe as a great starting off point.
Bonus Tip: Don't forget to serve with small cups of sour cream and salsa- just like the restaurant!
2. Hummus. We love hummus! It's so versatile. Treat it like a dip and serve with whole wheat pita wedges and baby carrots. Serve it as a spread and fill a sandwich (or pita) with it and tons of veggies! Chick peas are jam-packed with complex carbs, fibers, and protein. Our kids LOVE to dip, so go ahead and put out a platter of kid-friendly veggies (carrots, cucumber spears, and celery sticks) and pita chips or wedges! There are amazing commercially prepared hummuses for same in the supermarket, or try making your own! Try this traditional hummus recipe.
3. Smoothies. Even though it's winter we are all about smoothies right now as we just purchased a Vitamix blender (if you can deal with the steep price point, it is an amazing machine). Our kids LOVE smoothies. For the base liquids we're partial to coconut water, coconut milk, and orange juice! We like using frozen fruit instead of ice cubes- it keeps all the nutrition in without watering the smoothie down. Don't forget to stock your smoothie bar with straws! For the basics on blending- check out this article.
Bonus Tip: Go spa style and make a smoothie bar at your next party. Stock your station with fresh fruits like strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, bananas, clementines, frozen pineapple and frozen mango.
4. Snack Mix. Snack mix doesn't NEED to be filled with unhealthy candies! Try mixing whole grain goldfish, mini pretzels, dried apple rings/slices, and 1/2 cup of unsalted peanuts. Cooking Light has an awesome selection of ten snack mixes- some of these are great for adults too! Click here for ten snack mix recipes.
5. Whole Grain Waffles. Waffles aren't just for breakfast anymore! Kids love them, so let waffles shine as an awesome party snack! Cut whole grain waffles into strips and spread with fruit preserves, peanut butter, or Nutella!
6. Make Your Own Pizza. I have fond memories of eating pizza bagels in elementary school. Why not have kids make their own pizzas? Let kids pile on their own toppings (shredded mozzarella, turkey pepperoni, sliced green peppers, leftover meatball slices, etc.) and pop them in the toaster oven until the cheese is melted! For a basic recipe, click here.
7. Oatmeal Cookies. My kids love oatmeal cookies. Oatmeal is rich in soluble fiber which inhibits the body's absorption of bad cholesterol. It's also full of antioxidants and can stabilize blood sugar! Our favorite recipe is the one inside the Quaker Oats canister. We're partial to the slow cooking oats, but you can also use the quick cooking oats. Find the Quaker recipe here.
Bonus Tip: Sometimes we add raisins, sometimes we stick with chocolate chips. Either way, they're WAY more healthy than your typical chocolate chip cookie!
So now, you can throw your own great party at home and provide your children and their friends with fun and healthy treats. If you would like to make your next party a bigger hit and add more flare and pizzazz, let Darlings & Divas of Amityville set up your next party. We can bring our princesses or let you pick the theme. Best of all, we set up, entertain and clean up before we leave. For more information, please see our at home birthday parties page or call (631) 608-4710 today to speak to a party planner.