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Party time!

Parties are a great time for children to experience different types of foods. It’s a special occasion, so offer foods normally kept for treats as well as some familiar everyday foods.

Try some of the following healthy party food ideas.

  • Fill tiny sandwiches and cut them into different shapes. Use fillings that cut easily – wafer thin ham, cheddar cheese spreads, egg mayonnaise, etc.
  • Offer bowls of plain popcorn, breadsticks, carrot sticks and baby tomatoes.
  • Make reduced-sugar jellies and add canned mandarins or slices of fresh fruit

  • Offer one or two ready-diluted fruit juices to drink rather than carbonated drinks.

  • Fruit scones or fruit malt loaf need minimal preparation.
  • Decorate small plain biscuits with cheese spread and a small piece of fresh or canned fruit to add colour.
  • Serve ice-cream with fresh or canned fruit.
  • Don’t forget the birthday cake for the end of the meal.


We are indebted to Health Promotion England for their help in compiling this section.