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Outdoor Kids’ Party Recipes

Since spring is finally here and summer around the corner, we’re starting to spend more time outdoors, which means fun times ahead! If you’re planning a party for your child during this time, whether it be for a birthday or just for fun, instead of spending it indoors, go outside. No matter what you’re celebrating, it’s going to be all about the food! Sure, the barbecue is great, and hamburgers and hotdogs are always welcomed, but here are some of our favorite outdoor kids’ party recipes that will also be a hit while offering something different.

Sticks and Dips

This isn’t too much of a recipe, as it only requires dips and “sticks” in the form of crispy breadsticks, celery sticks, carrots, and sliced bell peppers. Dips can be anything from cool ranch, deliciously refreshing tzatziki, or even yummy hummus with pita chips. Serve individually like in the picture to save on messes and double dipping!

Easy Tuna Pasta

Using spiral pasta in this classic spring/summer dish really makes it a lot of fun. Tune pasta is so simple to put together, that you may want to get the kids involved in mixing it all up. All you need is 12 oz. cooked spiral pasta (elbow macaroni or pasta shells is also good), 12 oz. canned tuna, 1 cup of chopped celery, 1 cup of peas, and about 1 ½ cups mayonnaise and mix together. Add salt and pepper to taste. This recipe is so easy that you can adjust anything to your liking and tuna can be replaced with chicken also. Kids and adults love this super easy dish!

Cake Pops

Cake pops are a great way of letting kids take home some “cake” and they can even decorate their own at the party. It’s easier to hand out cake pops at an outdoor party than slices of cake. There’s less mess and waste this way. We love this recipe over at Divas Can Cook (https://divascancook.com/how-to-make-cake-pops-easy-best/). You can even have a cake pop decorating station where kids can choose different coverings like different colors of chocolate covering (use food coloring in white chocolate) and various sprinkles. They can be enjoyed there and then or wrapped up with some cellophane wrap and ribbons.

Pinwheels

Pinwheels are impressive with their fun spiral look, but they’re super simple to put together. You can use regular tortillas or a whole wheat or spinach version that is a healthier choice. Have a choice of fillings like slices of ham, cheese, and plenty of veggies before rolling up and slicing for about 1 ½ inch rolls. For a sweet treat, try peanut butter and jelly rolls with banana. Keep slices together with a toothpick. This short video from AllRecipes (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8iaNQfhdko) will help inspire you! They grab and go snacks that are perfect for little hands.

Fruit Kabobs

We love super colorful fruit kebabs before they not only inject a rainbow of colors into the spread, but it also attracts kids into wanting to eat it. Simply get bamboo skewers and slide various fruits on until the end, leaving enough space for the stick to be grabbed. The kids may also love putting them together with you. Have bite-sized chunks of strawberries, kiwi, melon, pineapple, banana, and mandarin orange slices to put on. Start out with a couple of blueberries towards the base to help keep the rest of the fruit from sliding. Alternatively, use veggies instead like cherry tomatoes and bell peppers.

Blueberry Lemonade

Summertime is all about the summer berries, and blueberries are no exception. This delicious fruit is coming into the season, and we love finding all the ways to enjoy it. Blueberry lemonade is so refreshing and if kids aren’t keen on a bitter taste of lemonade alone, then they will love this fruity concoction that is also refreshing outdoors. This recipe from Kitchen Treaty (https://www.kitchentreaty.com/fresh-blueberry-lemonade/) tells how to make the perfect fresh blueberry lemonade by blending lemon juice, blueberries, water and sugar (which can be substituted with honey).

There are so many benefits to being outside, so make use of this lovely time of year and have your next kids’ party outdoors. We love hearing about your plans for outdoor kids’ parties and recipes you’re including, so share with us which ones your kids love the most or tell us which of these recipes you’ll be making for your next party.

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