Easy kids birthday party recipes

Are you looking for easy, fun and healthy food to serve at your child’s birthday party or playdate? Celebrity chef Stephanie Goldfarb shares with SheKnows her top 3 kid’s party food recipes.

Celebrity chef Stephanie Goldfarb is the owner of Salt Kitchen & Fine Foods in Los Angeles, CA. Stephanie has cooked for parents
such as Halle Berry, Will Smith & Jada Pinkett-Smith and Ben Stiller. Stephanie’s “progressive comfort food,” is also translated into easy, healthier versions of kid’s party food.

“I love to do children’s parties. Here are a few of my favorites that I like to include with the menu.” 

All recipes serve 10-12.

Chicken Tenders

Kids always love chicken tenders.  This recipe is a healthier version, cutting out trans fats and preservatives you would normally get with the frozen variety. 
I use cornflakes so it is a tiny bit sweet.  Kids love them!

You will need:

2-3 lbs. chicken tenders (depending on size)

1 box cornflakes crushed

4 eggs beaten

1/2 cup milk

1 1/2 cups bread crumbs (optional)


1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

2. Get your cookie sheet ready by placing a sprayed rack on it.   If you don’t have a rack to place on the cookie sheet, then just spray the sheet

3. Take the box of cornflakes and pour into a zip lock bag. Use a rolling pin or even a glass bottle and gently crush all of the cornflakes and put them in a large
bowl. If you prefer, add the optional breadcrumbs.  Season with salt and pepper.

4. In a separate bowl, beat the 4 eggs and add the milk.

5. Dip the tenders in the egg mixture, then the cornflake mix and place on rack.

6. Once you have finished dipping all the chicken, bake in your preheated oven for 20 –25 minutes.

Pigs in a blanket

This is an oldie but a goodie! In fact, you better make a bunch because it always seems to be the one dish at a kids party that the adults migrate to!!  This
couldn’t be simpler! You can use any kind of “dog” you like but I like to use turkey for the kids.

You will need:

Store bought crescent rolls (I usually get the reduced fat)

Turkey hot dogs sliced into 1/3’s


1. Unroll the crescent rolls.  Place 1 piece of “dog” into 1 piece of dough and roll it up.

2. Bake in a pre-heated oven according to time on crescent roll package.

I serve these on a platter with a couple of different dipping sauces — dijon, BBQ or ketchup. This is something you could do the day before and bake the day of the

Veggie Garden

The last kid’s birthday party I did, my client wanted to serve veggies and ranch for the kids.  It always seems to be the only thing barely touched by the kids.
This time I decided to make it fun for kids by turning an ordinary vegetable platter into a wheat grass field of vegetables (pictured).  It’s simple and the kids loved it!  They
actually eat the veggies when presented this way!

You will need:

1 flat of wheat grass (order from your grocery store or local produce vendor)




Cherry tomatoes

And any other vegetables you would like to add


1. Go to your local party store and buy all kinds of toy bugs and butterflies to add to the wheat grass. Lay the wheat grass on a platter (if your platter is big enough
then keep it whole, if not then cut it down to the size you need).

2. Cut the veggies just as you would for a normal platter.  Place them all throughout the wheat grass as if they were growing up from the grass! 

3. Decorate with the toy bugs and butterflies. The kids, as well as the parents, will love it!

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