30 Best Foods to Make for Your Kid’s Birthday Party

Whether you’re throwing a Disney-movie-themed birthday for your toddler or just looking for some bite-size finger foods, we’ve rounded up 30 easy and downright adorable appetizers and desserts.

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pineapple pull apart cupcakes recipe
Aww Sam

Pineapple Pull-apart Cupcakes

Practically too cute to handle, and better yet, easy to make.

diy snack attack shark cups recipe
Mom Endeavors

Diy Snack Attack Shark Cups

Stuff these easy crafted containers with salty snacks, from pretzels and popcorn to cheese sticks.

cake batter dip recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Cake Batter Dip

Best news: It takes five minutes to whip up.

chicken parmesan bites recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Chicken Parmesan Bites

They’re designed for hungry little hands.

melted olaf greek vanilla yogurt cups recipe
Made By A Princess

Melted Olaf Greek Vanilla Yogurt Cups

So. Darn. Brilliant.

baked mac and cheese bites recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Baked Mac-and-cheese Bites

Instant winners.

moana heart of te fiti cookies recipe
Rosanna Pansino

Moana Heart Of Te Fiti Cookies

We just upped the ante on slice and bakes.

rainbow waffle cake recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Rainbow Waffle Cake

It’s the easiest layer cake you’ll ever encounter.

veggie train recipe
Thrifty Northwestern Mom

Veggie Train

Aka. Thomas the Tank Engine.

carrot pigs in a blanket recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Carrot Pigs In A Blanket

You can’t go wrong with these cute bites.

super fun soccer field guacamole dip recipe
Creative Healthy Family

Super Fun Soccer Field Guacamole Dip

For the sports-loving set.

strawberry fruit salsa with cinnamon tortilla chips recipe
Baked By Rachel

Strawberry Fruit Salsa With Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

Trick them into thinking it’s dessert.

brie stuffed pretzel bites recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Brie-stuffed Pretzel Bites

We give you permission to pop a few while you’re making ’em.

rice krispies pirate treasure chest recipe
Crunchy Creamy Sweet

Rice Krispies Pirate Treasure Chest

Hungry, arrrrrrrrr-n’t you?

sweet and sour minion meatballs recipe
Must Have Mom

Sweet And Sour Minion Meatballs

Remember Gru’s date with Shannon? Well, the kids will.

poop emoji cupcakes
Confessions Of A Cookbook Queen

Poop Emoji Cupcakes

On the off-chance that potty humor is popular in your house.

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blue lemonade party punch recipe
Good Cook

Blue Lemonade Party Punch

For the kid who loves mermaids.

eggplant pizzas recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Eggplant Pizzas

Totally mom-approved.

grilled cheese rollups recipe
Damn Delicious

Grilled Cheese Rollups

It’s super easy to whip up a big batch.

monsters university sully monster cupcake recipe
Big Bears Wife

Monsters University Sully Monster Cupcake

They start with boxed cake mix, so all you’ve got to do is channel your inner Picasso.

glazed doughnut cookies recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Glazed Doughnut Cookies

Even cuter than the doughnut emoji.

crispy cauliflower nuggets recipe

Crispy Cauliflower Nuggets

So crunchy and crave-able, they won’t even know they’re eating vegetables.

rainbow cake batter ice pops recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Rainbow Cake Batter Ice Pops

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cookie batter dip recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Chocolate-chip Cookie Dough Dip

It’s cream cheese-based, so you don’t have to worry about raw eggs.

mini avocado hummus quesadilla recipe
Cookin Canuck

Mini Avocado And Hummus Quesadilla

Tip: Make these ahead of time and re-heat them in the oven right before serving.

italian deli pinwheel sandwiches recipe 921
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Italian Deli Pinwheel Sandwiches

These colorful spirals are fun and filling.

sweet unicorn chex mix recipe
Club Crafted

Sweet Unicorn Chex Mix

Way easier than making a unicorn cake.

lion vegetable tray recipe
Eating Richly

Lion Vegetable Tray

PSA: This is the best way to get kids to eat carrots.

homemade dino nuggets recipe
The Candid Appetite

Homemade Dino Nuggets

Stegosaurus or T-Rex?

waffle ice cream sandwiches recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Waffle Ice-cream Sandwiches

Go wild with the toppings.

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From 2017 to 2019 Heath Goldman held the role of Food Editor covering food, booze and some recipe development, too. Tough job, eh?