Let’s be honest: is there anything better than a birthday party? Birthday celebrations are a great way to get friends and family together and celebrate a mutual loved one. Unfortunately, kids and adults often have different tastes, creating a challenge for the host planning a menu that suits everyone.
Luckily, there are a few tricks to crafting the best birthday party food spread. Many dishes, like pizza or ice cream, provide ample amounts of flavor, and can be customized to fit each party guest. These classics are beloved by all, and are sure to make the entire party come back for seconds.
Mexican food is an easy, delicious option that both kids and adults can agree upon. Tacos also allow people the control to provide their own toppings, so you can be sure everyone gets exactly what they want. The prep is easy too! Simply lay out the desired toppings, and serve flour or corn tortillas with your desired proteins. Don’t forget the chips and queso!
Pizza is the obvious choice for birthday party food, but why not take it to the next level and make your own? Not only is this option delicious, but it allows you to get creative and prepare pizza specific to everyone’s tastes. Either prepare your own dough, or pick up pre-made pizza dough from the grocery store. Flatten the dough into medium-sized pizzas, and top with desired fixings. For kids, maybe go with the classic cheese or pepperoni, and try something a little more gourmet for the grownups. Margherita pizza, roasted vegetable, or prosciutto and arugula are all delicious options!
Ice Cream Sundaes
Let’s be honest, you never stop loving ice cream sundaes. Vanilla, chocolate, mint chocolate chip, and cookie dough are all safe bets that both allow for a diverse menu and options that suit everyones taste. For something extra sweet, pick up some whipped cream, colored sprinkles, and candies to allow the little ones (and maybe some adults) to make their own ice cream creation.
For an outdoor celebration, a build-you-own burger bar presents great birthday party food that will satisfy hungry guests. Not only are burgers filling, but like ice cream and pizza, they allow party-goers the control necessary to appeal to a wide range of tastes. Got vegetarians? Veggie burgers or roasted portabella mushrooms work just as well. For some gourmet flair, consider some creative toppings such as goat cheese, roasted tomatoes, chopped chives, smoked cheddar, and bacon!
Snacks and Sides
Of course, you’ll need a plethora of munchies to tide guests over before the main course. Popcorn and pretzels are fabulous go-tos. If you’re really looking to impress, consider whipping up a batch of homemade potato chips. To make, fill a saucepan halfway with vegetable oil, and heat to 350 degrees. Slice two potatoes into thin slices, and then, working in batches, add the slices into the oil. Cook each batch for about 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden brown. Use a spider strainer or slotted spoon to remove the potato chips, and drain on a paper towel-lined tray. Season with salt and enjoy!
With so many choices for birthday party food, you can’t go wrong. Break out the treats and enjoy the celebration.