Summer’s in full swing and like me you’re probably racking your brain for new breakfast, lunch and snack ideas for the kids. My grandkids have been home since March and each day finding something they want to eat is becoming more and more challenging.
“I’m hungry” and “grilled cheese, spaghetti, etc. are all boring” has become the standard refrain at our house. My grandson who insisted he ‘NEEDED” cases of Chef Boyardee Spaghetti “O”s back in the spring now say’s they’re “boring”. Of course when asked what he’d like instead the reply is almost always “I don’t know”. This leaves me searching for something new and different for lunch and snack times.
One thing I do know is that just about all kids love finger foods; and sometimes taking a “boring” sandwich and re-packaging it into something fun is all it takes to make meal times go smoothly. This can be as simple as taking a PB&J or any type of sandwich and cutting them in to 4 small triangles!
Or you can change it up and call lunch or snack time “Tea Time” and serve a small selection of finger foods. I love tea time and my grandkids do too!
But life isn’t all that easy, so here are a few food ideas that your kids might enjoy! They might just save a bit of your sanity!
Eggs in Frame
I have been making these for years, started when my kids were small. This is a great breakfast idea and kids almost always think it’s pretty cool.
Just cut a hole (any shape) in the middle of a slice of bread and fry an egg in the hole. You’ll end up with a fried egg on a toasted piece of bread. I usually use a bit of butter to fry these in.
Silver Dollar Sprinkle Pancakes
Add some sprinkles or chocolate chips into your pancake batter and instead of making large Turpancakes make smaller ones about the size of a silver dollar. If the chain restaurants can do it so can you!
Turkey & Cheese Pinwheels
These are a family favorite! You can pick some up ready made from Costco or you can make them at home. It’s super easy!
Click here for this recipe!
Ham & Cheese Sliders
Sliders of any kind are great finger foods both kids and adults love.
These Ham & Cheese Sliders are another family favorite. I usually make a tray of them and the kids just grab as they want. A tray lasts thru lunch and snacks all day!
Click here for this recipe!
Not everything needs to be homemade. Sometimes you just don’t feel like making lunch from scratch. No worries, there’s always frozen alternatives.
We always keep a box of frozen Taquitos in the freezer. They’re great for lunch or snacks, just heat them up in the oven and you’re good to go. I like to serve them with salsa, melted nacho cheese, and sour cream for dipping.
You do know kids love to dip! My year old grandson Jaxon is all about dipping these days!
Pigs in Blankets
Pigs in Blankets is another favorite and a staple at many of our kids’ parties. But to truly make it a finger food you need small ones.
I cut the hot dogs and crescent dough in half. Roll each hot dog section in one of the dough sections, place on parchment paper and bake. Serve with whatever hot dog condiments you prefer.
I’m sure you know kids love food on sticks. So dress up fruit by cutting them into balls and other interesting shapes, then string them up on skewers.
Older kids will love them. For younger kids skip the sticks and just serve them the fruit cut in to different shapes, you should also cut melon balls and grapes in halves to keep toddlers from choking on them.
Our family loves Halloween. We have so much fun decorating, making costumes, and best of all throwing a Halloween Party for friends and family.
When Halloween falls on a weekend, like it does this year, it’s extra fun. We like to host a Halloween party in the afternoon then take everyone out to trick or treat when the sun goes down, with a quick costume change of course. (When Halloween falls on a weekday we usually throw the party the weekend before)
Here are some ideas to inspire you to throw your own Halloween Party. Your little goblins and ghouls will love it!
Halloween Punch is always a party favorite, specially when it comes out of a bubbling fog covered bowl.
We use green colored Hawaiian punch “spiked” with Sprite and place the punch bowl in a cauldron with dry ice.
Never put the dry ice directly into the punch bowl, and never handle dry ice with bare hands.
Here’s a Video from Chow Tips on how to safely use dry ice in your Halloween Punch
Serve ghoulish foods and place them in fun bowls. We have a battery operated treat bowl with a skeleton hand that grabs guests when they reach for a treat. I got it several years ago from Walmart.
These cute Frankenstein Marshmallow Pops are always a big hit.
Click here to learn how to make them.
Pumpkin Sandwich Cookies are easy to make with refrigerated Pillsbury Cookie dough and canned frosting.
Click here to learn how!
For healthier non-candy treats check out the ideas on Listotic.
Utilize “scary” ingredients from your pantry and fridge to create simple ghoulish treats.
Olives make great “spiders”, use them to top pizzas, deviled eggs, and more.
Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons
Grapes make great “caterpillars” when skewered on wooden sticks and great “eye balls” in a fruit salad.
Don’t forget to freeze plastic spiders and eye balls in ice trays for some Halloween drinks!
Decorate inside and out! You can do it inexpensively with Dollar Store finds.
Click here for decorating ideas using Dollar Store Finds!
Glow sticks make cool Halloween Decor, or decor for any other event too!
Click here for glow stick decorating ideas!
No party is complete without games, and Halloween Parties are no exception.
Bobbing for apples is always a hit and so is the sensory game involving touching foods and naming the “body part”.
Click here for game ideas!
We like to wind things down either before or after trick or treating by reading the kids a Halloween book or watching a not too scary Halloween Movie.
Click here for a list of Halloween reads!
Click here for some not so scary Halloween movies!
Photo by Savvy Nana
Halloween is on Friday. It’s not to late to throw a Halloween party. When my kids were young we used to throw a pre-trick-or-treat party, it was lots of fun!
Consider inviting friends over for pot luck, it makes it easier to feed excited kids. And making one dish to share is easier than preparing the whole dinner yourself.
A few games before hitting the streets gets the evening off to a good start. Then wind things down after trick-or-treating by sharing a good Halloween book or watching a scary movie.
Here are a few ideas to jump start your party.
A spooky twist on pigs-in-blankets. These Mummy Dogs from Raining Hot Coupons are easy to make and will surly be a hit.[spacer height=”-100px” id=”8″]
Jack-o-Lantern Sandwiches from Delish.com are really just layers of ham and cheese baked in ready made pie crust. If you prefer you can use slicked turkey or other cold cuts instead of the ham.
Halloween twist on deviled eggs by Delicious as it Looks.
This spider web dip is a spooky variation of party favorite 7 Layer Dip from Momtastic.com.
Had to throw these adorable Frankenstein Marshmallow Pops from Just a Taste! They are too cute!
This Pumpkin Fudge Eclair Cake from Inside Bru Crew Life looks super yummy!
Click here for recipe.
Witches brew is always a hit at our parties. Any punch will do, it’s the fog that makes this spooky fun.
DIY Dry Ice click here.
How to use dry ice in drinks safely click here.
For more Halloween dinner recipes click here!
For Homemade Halloween treat recipes click here!
A fall party staple is bobbing for apples, if you don’t want to get wet try tying donuts on strings and let the players chomp away.
Instead of pinning the tail on the donkey dis-assemble a jointed skeleton cut out and have the kids re-assembling it blind folded.
Instead of a pinata try this Pop Goes the Pumpkin from MarthaStewart.com. The Pumpkin makes a cute decoration and the kids will love popping the balloons to find their surprise.
For some ghoulishly good fun have blind folded kids guess which body part they are touching.
Simply place assorted food in containers and have the blind folded child stick her hand in each container to feel around, she must guess the body part that is in each container.
Use peeled grapes for “eyes”, cold cooked spaghetti for “hair”, etc.
When the fun and food are over gather your ghosts and goblins to trick-or-treat in the neighborhood. By the end of the evening you will most likely have a group of over tired kids, wind them down with a quiet activity such as reading a Halloween book or watching a Halloween movie.
October is a fun month to have a birthday party. There are so many themes to choose from it will be hard to decide which one you want to use.
Bright fall colors make eye popping decorations. Take advantage of the bounty of fresh fruits and veggies fall offers and serve healthy party food like zucchini pizza!
Here are 6 party themes for your October born child.
For late October birthdays there’s nothing wrong with combining the birthday party with a Halloween party. You’ll only have to decorate once!
There are so many fun treats, games, and activities for kids with this theme including Frankenstein Marshmallows, bobbing for apples, and watching scary or not so scary movies.
Click here for fun Halloween Party ideas!
In honor of Bam-Bam’s, of Flintstone fame, how about a Pebbles & Bam Bam or Dinosaur Party?
Greet guests with a giant inflatable dinosaur to set the tone and serve Stone Age goodies like Dino Bones (chicken lollipops).
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Not Your Normal Steam
Mad Hatter Tea Party!
October 6 is Mad Hatter Day! Throw a Mad Tea Party complete with flamingo croquet field.
This is essentially an Alice in Wonderland themed party, just emphasize the Hatter by using more tea cups and top hats in your decor.
Click here for Wonderland party ideas and FREE Printable!
Click here to learn how to make flamingo croquet set!
Click here to learn how to make tea cup floral centerpieces!
October is Grover’s birthday too. Throw a Sesame Street themed party starring Grover of course!
It might be fun to set up a cookie buffet for this party, instead of treat bags let guests choose their favorite cookies to take home.
Learn how to DIY your own cookie buffet click here!
Savvy Nana Ms. Fox’s Sweets
Melly Moments HWTM
The Purple Pug
October 9th. is Fire Prevention Day, a Fireman or Firetruck Themed Party is definitely in order!
Grab some plastic fireman hats from the party store and let the kids have a blast!
Loving My Nest
Smart Party Planning
Spaceships and Laserbeams
Wonder Woman Party!
Last but not least October 24 is Wonder Woman’s birthday. Throw a Super Hero Themed party starring everyone’s favorite female hero, Wonder Woman!
Life’s Sweet Moments
Kara’s Party Ideas
Parties and Patterns (free printables)
For more Super Hero ideas and free printables
check out Devon’s Super Hero Party!
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Order your personalized invitations from my Esty Shop! We can design it and send you the files so you can print it yourself or if you prefer we can send you finished cards that are ready to send! Savvy Nana Crafts check it out!
Summer is almost here! And in our family that means outdoor entertaining! It’s always a good idea to take advantage of good weather and dine alfresco every chance you get!
I know that outdoor entertaining means backyard barbecues complete with grilled meats, corn on the cob, and other mouth watering goodies we can make outside. Don’t forget the S’mores! But really outdoor entertaining isn’t limited to cooking stuff on your grill, there are so many ways you can enjoy dining on your patio or backyard. It could be an intimate breakfast for two, a rambunctious kids’ birthday party, or a more serene adult dinner party for friends and family.
To get your creative juices flowing I’ve got 7 ideas you can build on to take your summer time entertaining outdoors! By the way outdoor entertaining doesn’t mean you have to invite the whole neighborhood; you can enjoy a nice quite meal outdoors with just your immediate household!
How about an intimate breakfast for 2?
They’ve always said breakfast is the most important meal of the day; how better to start your day than with breakfast outdoors with your spouse or partner?
You don’t have to go all out. A nice cup of coffee and a croissant will do; or if you’re feeling inclined a plate of bacon and egg and some warm biscuits will hit the spot. Whatever the menu all you’ll really need is a simple table and chairs on the patio or in the backyard. (And maybe keep the kids indoors so you can have some quiet time!)
If you’re not a morning person then make it lunch or dinner for two. Remember the idea is to relax and enjoy some couples time!
Vintage Garden Tea Party
Tea is my favorite method of entertaining and a Vintage Garden Party is a great to entertain outdoors. I love tea parties, they’re simple and easy to prepare, they make you and your guests feel pampered, and they are so pretty!
Have everyone dress up in pretty summer frocks to make it an extra special event. You don’t have to limit tea parties to adult parties, children, particularly little girls will adore a princess tea party for her birthday! Our you can have a Teddy Bear Tea Party for boys and girls; each child is invited to bring along their favorite plush animal for the garden party. Kids love it!
Kids’ Birthday Party
In my opinion kids’ parties should always be held outdoors, weather permitting of course.
There are so many options and themes for outdoor birthday parties. The kids love it because they have room to run around and parents love it because it keeps the mess out of the house and makes clean up easier.
If your patio or yard isn’t big enough to let the kids run around then take your party to your neighborhood park! Just be sure to clean up and place your trash in the trash containers.
Boho Adult Dinner Party
Adult Outdoor parties don’t always have to include grilled meats or barbecued anything for that matter!
A Boho themed or any themed outdoor party works for any occasion and it’s great if you don’t have enough outdoor tables and chairs. Just stock up on large floor pillows or even picnic blankets. Use low tables or a piece of plywood resting on cement tiles for your “dining table”. Just be sure you cover it with a pretty tablecloth!
As for food serve anything your heart desires!
Baby or Bridal Showers
Who says indoor sofas and shelves can’t go outside? Bring the indoors out and host your bridal or baby shower in the backyard.
It’s amazing what a bit of “redecorating” can do!
This works great if you have a small indoor living area and have lots of friends and family to invite!
I just love outdoor weddings! They can be as low key or as fancy as the bride wants.
Lots of brides have learned to think outside of the box and hired some wonderful wedding venues. You can check out vineyards, parks, beaches, and even zoos!
Depending on the venue outdoor weddings might take a bit more planning so it’s important to have a great wedding planner on your team!
I can’t talk about outdoor entertaining without including the outdoor barbecue. Take advantage of summer and take dinner (or lunch) outside.
You’ll definitely have lots of opportunities to host an outdoor barbecue between Memorial and Labor Days you’ve got Father’s Day, the Fourth of July, possibly a birthday or two. Not to mention you don’t need a special occasion to barbecue, you can have one for the family just because!
Now one of my favorite things at an outdoor barbecue is the corn on the cob! A barbecue isn’t complete without it. I’m sure you’ve heard of Elotes, Mexican Street Corn, it’s super yummy! Well it has mayo on it and my son will not touch anything with mayo. So I had to find a way to make something similar to Elotes without the mayo and I came up with my Chipotle Lime Corn on the Cob. Here’s my recipe!
Chipotle Lime Corn on the Cob
(For the corn – I used frozen mini cobs or niblets and boiled on the stove – you can use frozen or fresh and boil it, bake it, or grill it. This recipe is to boil frozen corn.)
16 Niblets – Frozen
1 Pot water
1 Cup Milk
1/2 Cup butter softened
1 Tbs. Chipotle Pepper Powder
1 Tsp. Cumin
1 Tsp. Garlic Powder
1 Tsp. Honey
Queso Fresco – crumbled
Cilantro – chopped
1 Lime – cut into wedges
Make the topping by mixing butter, honey, and powdered seasonings together. Place in an airtight container and refrigerate until you’re ready to use.
Boil corn in water/milk mixture for about 20 minutes or until done. Drain corn and transfer to a baking pan.
Place spoonfuls of butter topping on each cob. Butter topping will melt. Roll cobs in melted butter until all sides are covered.
Sprinkle with queso fresco and cilantro.
Serve with lime wedges for each person to squeeze over cob if they want to.
You can keep this warm in the oven until ready to serve.
You can store any extra butter topping in the fridge and use for other things. I like to use it to saute chicken or even veggies. Pretty much anything you want to add a bit of spice to!
Don’t you find it harder and harder each year to come up with a fun party theme for your little one? Sure when they were babies and toddlers you could pretty much do whatever cute thing you liked. Um…that lasted til about their third birthday if you’re lucky. Now that they’re older they want to have their say, and of course they should with a teeny bit of help from mom, dad, and in our case Nana! One of my favorite party themes is a Science Birthday Party!
Why do I like it so much? Well, it’s age appropriate until they’re almost in high school, just change the science! A Science Birthday Party is such a broad theme you could literally use it every year until the kids are in high school just by changing the focus. I mean science is such a broad term, it could mean chemistry, geology, botany, anatomy, medicine, space, and even computers!
Having said that here are a few ideas to get you started!
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Ice Cream or Soda Lab
I love this Ice Cream Lab by Left Brain Craft Brain! I mean a Science Birthday Party would not be complete without a lab right?
If you prefer make it a Soda Lab and the guests can add different syrups to their sodas which of course will be served in beakers! And the toppings can be placed in test tubes!
Or how about we combine the two and make an Ice Cream Soda Lab!
Here’s a cute idea – serve ice cream, soda, or whatever in DIY “Beakers”
Just make lines on clear plastic cups with a sharper and you’ve got “Beakers”!
Science Themed Labels
Add science themed labels, tags, and decor. Love the water bottle labels by Clever Pink Pirate!
Looking for a photo booth backdrop? How about covering the wall with the Periodic table using a piece of construction paper for each element?
Use Science supplies for food like these Petri Jello! Love this idea from One Project Closer!
Fun Badges make great party favors
I just love the badges pictured above. Just print out a name tag on card stock for each guest then place them in transparent holders with lanyards to wear around their necks. Make it even more fun and give each kid a “Top Secret” clearance!
Science Themed Games and Activities
There are many science “projects” the kids can do to keep them busy, like building molecules with toothpicks and gumdrops – mini marshmallows work too!
You can make your own experiments or buy kits the kids can use. There are many to choose from! They can dig for fossils; create crystals; or build a volcano!
You don’t have to buy pre-made kits, think back to your school days. Remember building and electromagnet? All you need is a large battery, wire, and nails! Or play a game of Operation!
Whatever game or activity you decide on just be sure it’s age appropriate and doesn’t contain sharp objects or harmful chemicals. I wouldn’t suggest dissecting a frog just yet!