Got kids coming to your Christmas party? Enlist help of your own, and put together a table of festive treats that will keep the party jolly. Here are five ideas to get you started!
1. Cheesy bread
Peeta’s Stuffed Cheese Buns at Yammie’s Noshery, complete with buttery glaze, herbs, and your choice of cheeses, are the perfect party food. And bonus — these treats make a tasty addition to any lunch box, as an after-school snack, or even for breakfast with a side of eggs. Children can help with everything from the bread-making process to filling the dough balls with cheese and sprinkling on herbs. Yummy, yummy to everyone’s tummy.
A platter full of fresh fruit may not be your first choice for party fare, but your body might thank you after filling up on sausage balls and cheese dip. It’s also a good example for children to see that festive food can be healthy. Choose an assortment of favorite fruits, and have children help wash, prepare, and lay out in an attractive pattern.
3. Anything on a cracker
Better Homes and Gardens has 10 cracker toppings to try, most of which are ideal for children to help prepare. Let children lay out crackers before the party, and see what toppings they can come up with.
4. Mini sandwiches
Veggie sandwiches, mini club sandwiches, egg salad, and grilled cheese are easy to assemble and cut into small triangles or squares. Don’t forget to include little peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for your party’s youngest guests — this isn’t the day to fight the picky eating battle.
5. Festive foods
Check out these 15 Christmas Party Food Ideas from Six Sisters’ Stuff. All of the recipes have a job children could help with — especially when it comes to decoration and presentation. Create away!
Party Tips When Children Are Invited
- Have a few games or activities for children to entertain themselves and each other. Set out building blocks, coloring books, and puzzles and board games challenging enough for older children who are coming.
- Plan a game or activity that requires teams. Charades, a white elephant gift game, or board games requiring teams help make the party entertaining for everyone. Let family members mix with other guests.
- Communicate boundaries. Make sure children know the areas and rooms where they are allowed to play.
- Don’t overdo the structure. Parties are fun enough when everyone gets together, eats, and stays merry. Don’t require everyone to play games, and give all guests plenty of time to just hang out.
By Rhonda Franz
Rhonda Franz is the managing editor of ParentingSquad.com, and a food & cooking columnist for Peekaboo parenting magazine. A city girl at heart, she is now raising three boys in the Arkansas woods with her husband. She has a graduate degree in education, and spent ten years teaching and working with other people’s children before raising her own. Her work has been featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul, MSNBC’s Today Show mom blog, and in parenting magazines around the country. She writes on a variety of things at CoffeeHousemom.com.