I’ll be honest and tell you that planning the food for my little lady’s 5th birthday Art Party was a tad agonizing. Our family follows a Paleo lifestyle and while we love the way we eat, I knew our party food wouldn’t be what kids are accustomed to! I wanted to find delicious and healthy foods that would appeal to anyone and would fit with our rainbow decor! I spent hours searching for recipes online, and even had a few days of trial-run cooking and taste testing (not a bad job to have!).
My hours (and hours) of research and preparation paid off for sure! Our party food was a big hit! No one seemed to notice the lack of sugar or soda or pizza or candy! Many of the things I made ran out very quickly- a high compliment! If you’d like some ideas on serving healthy food that kids and adults will love at your child’s next birthday party, try these recipes!
- Bacon Meatballs from Technically Paleo: These were BY FAR the most popular food among both kids and parents at the party! They are so delicious!! WARNING: make more than you think you should. I thought I’d have lots of these leftover after the party, and they were the FIRST to run out! Since the meatballs didn’t add a fun pop of color to the table, I added colorful food picks (found at the dollar store) to each one. That made them more festive AND easier to grab and eat.
- Bacon Wrapped Dates: (not pictured…they were still baking!) This is one of my all-time favorite foods. I can’t tell you how often people ask me to bring these to potlucks and brunches! They’re sweet and salty and a little crunchy and PERFECT in every way! So easy too, just replace the pit of the date with an almond, wrap each date with 1/2 a slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick to hold it together. Bake at 375 for about 40 minutes, turning them halfway through.
- Guacamole and Plantain Chips: I don’t have any fancy recipe for my guacamole, and you likely already have a favorite that you use! We love plantain chips (found at Trader Joe’s). They’re crunchy, a little salty and all around yummy. I also liked how the green of the guacamole and yellow of the plantain chips added bright color to our table!
- Rainbow Fruit Kabobs: I did my best to stick to ROY G BIV in my fruit kabobs! Red strawberries, mandarin oranges, yellow pineapple, green grapes, blueberries and purple grapes. Simply put fruit onto wooden skewers (again, at the dollar store) and serve on a colorful platter. Be very careful with younger kids eating these as the end of the skewer is a bit sharp. I also made a yummy fruit dip to go with the skewers: Mix 1.5 cups greek yogurt with 1/4 cup raw honey, 1-2 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp vanilla extract.
- Rainbow Veggie Tray: Again, I *tried* to honor the proper order of the rainbow…a bit trickier with veggies! Red peppers, orange carrots, yellow peppers and green cucumbers (because they’re my little lady’s favorite). I served the veggies with this roasted red pepper dip.
- Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache: I’ve tried quite a few Paleo cupcake recipes, and these are just INCREDIBLE. I was super nervous about the cake part of the party…the easiest place to be “found out” by the kids for serving something with no grains or sugar or dairy! I’d heard horror stories about other families serving gluten free cake or treats at a party and having a party guest go BONKERS that it tasted “different.” We’re talking full-blown tantrums here, folks. I was determined that this would not happen at our party! These cupcakes did not let me down. Every kid ate their cupcake happily, seemingly unaware that is wasn’t “normal.” The grownups enjoyed them too! Maybe everyone was being very polite (we have delightfully kind friends), but I know of at least two people at the party who snuck into the kitchen and ended up eating THREE cupcakes! I’m calling that an epic win! The recipe is easy to follow, and it feels incredibly awesome to know you’re not sending kids home on a sugar high!