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Birthday Party Recipes

Birthday Party Recipes

Throwing a children's birthday party? You don't have to take them out - make fun, kid-friendly food at home that won't cost the earth. A lot of parents seem to get cold feet when it comes to deciding on some good kids party food ideas. For all you moms and dads, here are a few suggestions for the kind of food you can serve to make your little one's bash a big success.

  • Complexity: easy

A Fool's Dinner

Plate up a deceptive April Fool's Day meal.

  • Complexity: easy

Blueberry Pancakes

Here's our favorite recipe for blueberry pancakes along with some tips to help your young short-order cook griddle them to perfection. Just remember, hot pancakes wait for no one. So have everything else (juice, milk, softened butter, and syrup) ready to go so you can enjoy them right out of the skillet.

  • Time: 50 min.
  • Complexity: easy

Chocolate Brownies

Few kids can pass up a chance to bake a batch of brownies, and this Best Fudge Brownies recipe is especially irresistible. Made with generous measures of chocolate, butter, and sugar, it yields the fudgiest bars we've sampled yet.

  • Complexity: easy

Deviled Egg Upgrade

Take hard-boiled Easter eggs to the next level with deviled eggs, a classic party snack and the perfect recipe for chefs-in-training.

  • Complexity: easy

Ducky Desserts

Make a splash on a rainy day by scooping up a flock of these ice-cream ducklings..They're delicious, fun to make and take no time at all. Just follow these five easy steps.

Father's Day Bee-bee-cue Sauce

Create Father's Day Bee-bee-cue Sauce, a Father's Day craft inspired by Winnie the Pooh, with step by step instructions. Enjoy this fun craft activity with your kids and family.

  • Complexity: easy

Football Turnovers

Enjoy these hearty treats while cheering on your favorite team.

  • Complexity: very easy

Frozen Slushie

Keep some canned fruit in your freezer and you can whip up this refreshing and fruity slush in a snap.

  • Time: 20 min
  • Complexity: very easy

Fruit Flower Bouquet

When Snow White and her forest friends tidied up the Seven Dwarfs' cottage, little did they know that one of the residents would be allergic to the golden rod centerpiece they placed on the dinner table. Here's an arrangement that no dwarf would sneeze at. Created from colorful fresh fruits, the flowers are fun to pick and eat.

  • Complexity: very easy

Gelled Juice

April 1st is a day for fooling, so why not make a little mischief this year? A thirsty family member is the perfect target for this glassful of trickery that's impossible to drink. And since the undrinkable beverage is made by the batch, you'll be able to fool more than one person.

  • Complexity: very easy

Gingerbread Family Kit

This kit of baked gingerbread men, decorators' frosting, and candies will give a family all the pleasures of cookie decorating with none of the mess of baking.

 

  • Time: 30 min prep + chilling and 15 min bake time
  • Complexity: very easy

Hot Dog Cookies

These crowd-pleasing cookies, shaped like miniature hot dogs in buns, are plump with possibilities. Add time-easing toppings such as green-tinted coconut for "relish" and yellow frosting for "mustard."

  • Complexity: easy

Hummingbird Nests

Mix up some chocolate and coconut for these neat candy cups.

  • Complexity: medium

Hunny Pot Cake Pops

That willy nilly silly ol' bear, Winnie the Pooh, knew one thing for certain: Life is better with your favorite snack. Don't forget to pair these hunny pot treats with Winnie the Pooh Cake Pops

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  • Complexity: easy

Kid Kebobs

This Saturday-night treat is quick to cook. All you need for sides are buttered egg noodles and salad or green beans.

  • Complexity: easy

Little Gem Mini Muffins

Brown sugar and vanilla give these bite-size muffins a rich flavor, while the 'jewels' — dried blueberries and cherries — offer a delightful burst of sweetness.

  • Complexity: medium

Mr. Potato Head Cake Pops

Mr. Potato Head, everyone's favorite Toy Story wise guy, gets the sweet treatment in cake pop form.

  • Time: 30 min
  • Complexity: very easy

Oatmeal Bears

Great for a Teddy Bear's picnic, tea time treat, or birthday party.

  • Complexity: easy

PB & J Blossom Sandwiches

Simple sandwiches take on their own festive charm when shaped like blossoms.

  • Time: 20 min (+ 30 min chill time)
  • Complexity: very easy

Peanut Butter Bears

Great for a Teddy Bear's picnic, tea time treat, or birthday party.

  • Complexity: very easy

Perfect Fruit Party Punch

Making fruit punch is a bit like playing mad scientist -- which is why it's so much fun to do with kids. You add a little of this and a lot of that to a pitcher until you come up with a drink that's "perfect." We made this version in just that manner, with our kids tasting every step of the way. If you don't have what we used on hand, don't worry. Just let your young scientists experiment with substitutions.

  • Time: 80 min
  • Complexity: very easy

Potato Mice

These baked-potato mice are almost too gorgeous to eat! Makes 4 potato mice.

  • Complexity: easy

Sam-burgers

This was the sort of spiffed-up burger a guy can actually prepare without gourmet credentials.

  • Complexity: easy

Serve a Meal on Wheels

For a no-fuss dinner, bake up a fleet of drive-in hot dogs.

  • Time: 60 min
  • Complexity: medium

Strawberry Scones

The ordinary scone is too often plain and dry. This version is deliciously different. Made with fresh, juicy strawberries, it has a moist texture and a buttery flavor that's sure to please. Add a bit of lemon zest and a glittery topping of sugar -- two jobs just right for kids -- and you have a scone that's extraordinarily good.

  • Complexity: easy

The Very Tasty Caterpillar

Your child can't help the famously ravenous caterpillar turn into a butterfly, but she can help him metamorphose into a pizza! Shaping and topping dough are perfect jobs for a (supervised) young chef.

  • Complexity: medium

Winnie the Pooh Cake Pops

With this recipe, everyone's favorite tubby little cubby is no longer stuffed with fluff: He's a tasty cake pop. And since Winnie the Pooh can't go long without his "hunny," you can use extra cake to make delectable Hunny Pot Cake Pops, too.

  • Time: 30 min
  • Complexity: very easy

Wizard Hats

Magical Wizard hats.. as much fun to make as they are to eat.

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