Planning the party food menu for your kid’s next birthday soiree? Here’s 19 fast, easy and delicious party food recipes, guaranteed to be gobbled up by guests.
From savoury to sweet and all the nibbles in between, you need to think of it ALL when throwing a birthday party. With budget-friendly, quick and easy in mind, we’ve gathered our favourite recipes, perfect for parties.
Shopping list at the ready, it’s time to get the party prep started!
1. Vanilla Cupcakes
Cupcakes are a super convenient birthday cake alternative – whipping up a dozen or so cupcakes in next to no time, not to mention MUCH easier to decorate. This vanilla cupcake recipe makes a huge two dozen cuppies!
2. Sausage rolls for the win
You can’t go wrong dishing out the sausage rolls to party guests. We have a yummy scrummy veggie smuggling sausage roll recipe AND a chicken sausage roll recipe. Both flanked in buttery puff pastry and deeeelicious.
3. Funny face pizzas
The perfect party activity, let kids create their own funny face pizzas for lunch!
4. DIY Cadbury Marvellous Creations chocolate
Grab any leftover lollies (ha!) or all of the birthday person’s favourites and create your very own personalised version of Cadbury’s Marvellous Creations chocolate. Don’t forget the popping candy!
5. Marshmallow Rice Bubble bars
Soft, sweet and sticky, marshmallow Rice Bubble bars tick all the delicious boxes. Top with 100s and 1000s for added party flair.
6. Honey joys
A classic for the party food table, honey joys are loved by kids (and the young at heart!). Crunchy and sweet, yum!
7. Mini hotdogs
Frankfurts and dinner rolls for all! Mini hotdogs can be cooked in your air fryer for the ultimate grilled flavour. Top with mustard and tomato sauce, or GO THE EXTRA with caramelised onions. Yum!
8. Chocolate crackles
Steeped deep in nostalgia, chocolate crackles while scrumptious, can be controversial in the kitchen. Regardless of whether you’re camp coconut on top or camp sprinkles, they’ll be gobbled up in no time.
9. Unicorn rainbow balls
Yes! Unicorn rainbow balls covered in sprinkles, GET IN MY BELLY!
10. Potato wedges
Cheap to make and easy to cook, pretty paper cups of potato wedges go down a treat. Remember to add plenty of sauce bowls to the table for kids to dip to their heart’s content.
11. Oreo teacups
Fancy a cup of Oreo tea? Oh yes please. Cute as a button, Oreo teacup making would also make a fun party activity for guests.
12. Quick English muffin pizzas
Don’t have time to make pizza dough? Never fear, English muffin pizzas are here! Slice, decorate and bake – they’re really that easy!
13. Chocolate zucchini cake
If you’re looking for a slab cake recipe, this chocolate zucchini cake fills a pan perfectly. AND bonus points for hidden zucchini – that has to rule out some of the sugar, maybe?
14. Emoji pikelets
Give the humble pikelet a gorgeous makeover with heart sprinkles and an edible marker. Instant heart-eyed emoji pikelets!
15. Air fryer popcorn chicken
Depending on how many guests you have, popcorn chicken makes for a delicious lunchtime treat. Whipped up in a jiffy using the air fryer, you can also crank out double batches using your oven.
16. Zucchini slice
A lunch box favourite, zucchini slice is a one-pan wonder which can be served warm or cold. Be prepared for kids to smother it in tomato sauce!
17. Doughnuts, ALL the doughnuts
Awesome for a Pinterest-worthy doughnut wall, these baked vanilla glazed doughnuts are slightly healthier than the traditional fried versions – and just as tasty.
18. Vegemite and cheese twists
A packet of puff pastry and a couple of pantry staples is all you need to crank out a tray of these salty, cheesy savoury treats – Vegemite and cheese twists!
19. Mini cheese, bacon and zucchini quiches
Pint-sized and super easy to eat, mini cheese, bacon and zucchini quiches are perfect lunchtime fare. Make them in advance and freeze, defrosting the day before the party.