Birthday presents are fantastic, of course. But it’s the food that really gets the party going. As you roll out the snacks, entrees, and sweet treats, adults and kids alike hop up in excitement and start digging in. So, if you want to make someone’s birthday truly special, you need to use these five birthday treat ideas while planning their big bash.
Put out a fruit tray and people will dabble, for sure. A strawberry here. A few grapes there. But if you want people to go ham over nature’s sweets, bring out the fruit kabobs by the boatload.
All you have to do is slice up your fruit into fun shapes, and then thread them onto shish kabob sticks. Want to up the ante even more? Put out interesting dips, too, like chocolate sauce, caramel, and cream cheese frosting.
A snack and dessert all-in-one, chocolate-covered pretzels easily satisfy cravings for sweets while taking the edge off hunger. You can buy these tasty snacks premade but it’s a lot more fun making your own.
You will just need pretzel rods, white chocolate, food coloring, and sprinkles. Then, melt your white chocolate in small bowls while mixing in your food coloring of choice.
Dip the pretzel rods in the colorful chocolate up to about halfway. Salt Bae the sprinkles over the dipped pretzels next – or roll the chocolate-covered rods in sprinkles for better coverage.
Ultra-Savory Snack Mix
Birthdays always get a little sweets heavy, so be sure to get ultra-savory snack mix in on the action. The sky is the limit in how you can make yours, too.
Start with a Chex Mix-esque base with:
- 3 cups each type of Chex cereal
- 1 cup mixed nuts
- 1 cup pretzels
- 7 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
Mix it all together and bake for one hour at 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Give it a stir every 15 minutes, and then cool. After that, add cheese crackers, pita chips, croutons, and whatever else you love to snack on.
With so many fun things to do at birthday parties, no one wants to sit down for a whole meal. So, you have to keep them moving by serving walking tacos as your main course.
All you need are taco fixings, like ground beef, black beans, shredded cheese, jalapenos, lettuce, salsa, and sour cream. Don’t forget the hot sauce as well.
Then, instead of serving them with regular taco shells, bring out the snack-sized bags of chips. Your guests just have to slice open the side of the chip bag and fill it up with their taco fixings. After that, they can move and groove while eating their tacos with a plastic fork.
Cake is great, but it’s even more fun when it looks like an ice cream cone. To do that, you just have to whip up your favorite cake mix, pour it into cake cones, and then bake as directed for cupcakes.
Once that’s done, let it all fully cool before making your frosting. Pipe on the frosting in a soft-serve-inspired swirl and then hit it with your sprinkles of choice.
Now that you’re well-versed on all the perfect treats for a special birthday bash, it’s time to get started in whipping up each one. Fortunately, you can make all but the walking tacos the day before, making it easy to roll out the best treats without breaking a sweat.