Birthday Party Ideas: Involved Kids Are Happy Kids

How do you keep everyone entertained—and happy!—at a kid's birthday party? Have kids decorate or make their own food. It's not only a fun, creative activity, but it's also a good way to please the picky eaters in the group.

Check out our favorite "Make Your Own..." birthday party ideas.

  • Decorate your own cookies or cupcakes. Provide plain sugar cookies or cupcakes, frosting, and a variety of toppings (chocolate chips, sprinkles, sanding sugar, raisins, dried cranberries, etc.), and let the kids get to work!
  • Make your own ice cream sundaes. Who doesn't love ice cream? Have kids top their scoop of ice cream with their favorite sundae toppings (whipped cream, candy pieces, sprinkles, etc.).
  • Build your own banana splits. This is a healthy alternative to ice cream sundaes, but still loads of fun. Instead of ice cream and sugary toppings, provide yogurt along with dried fruit, nuts, chopped fruit, etc.
  • Top your own mini pizzas. The little Boboli pizza crusts are perfect for this activity. Set out pizza toppings (shredded cheese, veggies, pepperoni), and let your guests go to town!
  • Eat Your Own Wedgies. I love this idea from Lynda Fassa (founder of the organic children's clothing line "Green Babies," and author of the book, Green Kids, Sage Families): Get a long baguette from a bakery or the supermarket, cut it into wedges, and provide a bunch of different sandwich items like veggies, cheese, sauces, hummus, pesto, etc. Have the kids make their own sandwiches.

Can you think of another food that would be fun for a "Make Your Own..." kid's birthday party?


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