Creative Cooking

Top 5 Kid Birthday Party Food Themes

As a kid, I loved planning my birthday parties. Each year had to be different from the last and it always revolved around a theme. Whether it was a Hawaiian luau at the pool, a popcorn movie night with the girls or a pony ride down the street (it was raining, might I add), I always centered the party around something.

Sometimes it is hard thinking of creative ideas for your child's birthday party, but here are the top five themes -- revolving around food, of course -- to make all the other parents jealous of your kid's birthday party.

5. Pizza-Making Party

Rather than having pizza delivered to your house, have the kids get hands-on with their individual pizzas. Prep the dough ahead of time so that it is ready to be rolled out and decorated (kids will get impatient waiting for the dough to rise). Each kid can wear a chef's hat and apron while he or she creates a personal pizza. It's an Italian adventure kids will love to participate in.

4. Color-Themed Party

Every kid has a favorite color, so why not make their birthday party centered on just that? Whether your child loves cake or cupcakes, you can make the dessert treat match all the utensils, plates, napkins, balloons, streamers or any other decorations of the same color. It may look like an overload of pink or green to you -- but to your child, it will be the coolest thing he has ever seen.

3. Sundae-Making Party

Ice cream, chocolate, nuts and whipped cream...what kid wouldn't love all of these things? Set up a table with all the necessary ingredients to make the ultimate ice cream sundaes. Start with the ice cream (offer a few flavors), followed by chocolate sauce, sprinkles, nuts, graham cracker crumbs, brownie bites and, of course, whipped cream. Let the kids put all the toppings they want on their sundaes; they'll have a great time for sure.

2. Cookie-Decorating Party

One of the easiest things to make en masse is cookies. Bake as many cookies as you need for an entire party to decorate. If your child loves animals or certain shapes, use cookie cutters to create fun-shaped cookies. You don't have to make an extravagant cookie, just make sugar cookies and set up tables where the children can decorate them with icing, sprinkles and food gel. You can even have a contest for the best-decorated cookies.

1. Campfire Cookout Party

August is definitely the month of cooking outside, so bring the campfire to your backyard. Let the kids (with parental assistance) cook hot dogs on skewers for dinner, and for dessert, let them toast marshmallows to make S'mores. Getting the children involved in making their main meal and dessert makes the party exciting for everyone. To continue with the campfire theme, you can also sing campfire songs, play fun outdoor games and tell ghost stories when the sun goes down.

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Molly Dunn
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