Birthday Party for Kids - Menu Plan & Foods to Serve

Birthday Party for Kids – Menu Plan and Foods to Serve

Birthdays are a fun time for kids, and parents work hard to make this day memorable for their child and his friends. Though this task of throwing a fantastic birthday party can seem tedious to some parents, coming up with creative ideas and executing them can be fun to watch, not to mention, the satisfaction in watching everyone have fun is unparalleled. Of course, no birthday is complete without an enormous cake and delicious food.

If you want to throw a party that is memorable, yet economical, we have a few delicious items that you can add to the birthday menu. It’s time to get those notebooks and planners out and scribble away for your little one’s next birthday bash. For the invites, you can even go green and make digital invites, thereby teaching a valuable lesson to your kid. When it comes to the party favours, go simple and try to stay away from giving chocolates or sweets.

Tips for Planning Your Kid’s Birthday Party Menu

With careful planning and a smart budget, you can serve food that delights the palates of both adults and kids. Here are a few easy ways to plan the menu for your kid’s birthday party at home.

1. Make a Schedule

Maybe two-three weeks before the birthday bash, make sure you plan everything to the last detail. Make schedules and set a time time for picking up the cake, party favours, and any other miscellaneous item that you may need.

2. Time is an Important Factor

Plan the birthday party at a time when all the kids are energetic and eat well. It could be an afternoon party, i.e. between 2-5 p.m. on a weekend, so that you can wrap up before it gets late. This way your kid shall sleep on time.

3. Consider Allergies

When you are preparing the menu, make sure you check with all the parents about any allergies or health problems that their children may have. Plan your menu accordingly.

4. Go for Healthy Foods

Use lots of vegetables and fruits to make finger foods, skewers, and even the main course.

5. Dietary Restrictions

If you are planning to include non-vegetarian food, make a list of vegetarian children and serve them separately. Also ask the parents about any dietary restrictions.

6. Non-messy Food

Apart from the cake, food such as finger foods, foods on a stick, muffins, etc. will make sure you don’t have a huge mess to clean-up after. Also, opt for food which does not stain anything around.

7. Go for a Homemade Cake

It’s a lot easier nowadays to bake a cake at home or get a homemade cake. Homemade cakes are, of course, delicious, and they also add a personal touch to the entire event.

Food to Serve for a Kids Birthday Party

Deciding on a menu for your kid’s birthday party can be difficult. However, with these easy-to-make delicious treats, you will be considered as the best party organiser in your town. Make everyone’s life easier by not providing cutlery, but instead, serving them finger foods which kids shall enjoy eating while playing. You can serve them finger sandwiches with different fillings, which can be held between two fingers. If you are having an afternoon lunch party, you can even have some salads, starters, and the main course. If you are having a big party for your little champ, then it is advisable to call for a caterer to ensure everything is standardised and you are not slogging away in the kitchen. Here are some options for drinks and foods for your kid’s birthday party that you may choose from.

Welcome Drinks

As soon as the guests come in, serve them something nice and soothing. Here are a few options for welcome drinks:

Welcome Drinks

  • Lemon juice
  • Mango juice
  • Any other fresh juice
  • Badam kheer
  • Buttermilk or chaas
  • Rose milk
  • Coconut water
  • Hot chocolate
  • A bottle of squash – in case the welcome drinks get over


It is fun to begin a kid’s birthday party with finger foods. Finger foods are always a favourite among kids. These will probably be the most sought-after foods at your kid’s birthday party, so make sure you have plenty to go around. Here are some options for starters to include in your menu:

Finger food - Potato Wedges

  • Potato wedges
  • Fries
  • Garlic bread
  • Samosa
  • Dholka
  • Cheese sticks
  • Pizza puffs
  • Corn dog muffins
  • Deli sushi rolls
  • Soya chunks manchurian
  • Baby corn manchurian
  • Baked idli fry
  • Breadsticks
  • Potato croquet
  • Vegetable cutlet
  • Sliced caramel apple sticks
  • Skewered veggies

Main Course

 The size of the party does not matter. Be it small or large, the main course is an integral part of the menu. The following food will be thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.

Fried rice

  • Puri bhaji
  • Pizza
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Mini masala dosa
  • Waffles
  • Pasta
  • Pancakes
  • Chana bhatura
  • Veg hakka noodles
  • Fried rice


Salad may not be everyone’s favourite thing on the menu, but adults will certainly appreciate it. If you are having a full-fledged lunch party, then a salad is a must and is a healthy food to include in the menu.

A Bowl of Fruit salad

  • Corn and cheese salad
  • Cucumber and carrot salad
  • Mixed sprouts salad
  • Fruit salad


While you may have a lovely birthday cake to devour, it is good to have an option for people to enjoy. You can consider either an Indian dessert or ice-cream. Here are some suggestions:

Moong dal halwa

  • Fine vermicelli kheer
  • Fresh fruit cream
  • Gulab jamun
  • Carrot halwa
  • Badam halwa
  • Moong dal halwa
  • Falooda
  • Brownie with ice cream
  • No bake cheesecake
  • Rasgulla

The best part about birthday parties is the fun that kids have together. Food is an important aspect, which makes a party even more memorable. So, when planning your kid’s birthday party, include these foods and have a gala time.

Also Read: Dinner Recipes for Kids

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Aarohi Achwal holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce and a master’s degree in English Literature. While working as an intern for an English daily, she realised that she likes writing above anything else. The idea of being heard without having to speak appeals to her. She likes to write research-based articles that are informative and relevant. She has written articles on pregnancy, parenting, and relationships. And she would like to continue creating content on health and lifestyle.