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6 July 2022

What type of food should you serve at a birthday party?

When it comes to birthday parties, food is always an important consideration. After all, no one wants their guests to go away feeling hungry. Here is a comprehensive list of ideas for birthday party foods that are sure to please!

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1. Birthday Party Lunch Ideas

There are plenty of options when it comes to birthday party lunch ideas.

  • Macaroni and cheese: This timeless favourite can be dressed up with the addition of crispy bacon, chicken, breadcrumbs, or fresh herbs. 
  • Build-your-own sandwich bar: Set out a variety of bread, meats, cheeses, and condiments, and let guests create their own custom sandwiches. 
  • Spaghetti: Spaghetti is a classic dish that can be made with a variety of different sauces, meats, and vegetables. It’s also easy to make a large batch – perfect for feeding a crowd.
  • Vegetable platters: A colourful veggie platter is a healthy and delicious option for guests of all ages. Include a variety of fresh vegetables, dip options, and crackers or breadsticks for dipping.
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2. Birthday Party Finger Food/Snack Ideas

Finger foods are always a hit at parties. They're easy to eat for both kids and adults alike. They also don't require any utensils, which can be handy if you're short on time or space.

  • Sliders: Mini burgers and sandwiches are perfect for sharing and make great snacks. Be sure to offer a variety of toppings so that everyone can customise their slider to their liking.
  • Grilled chicken wings: Chicken wings are a classic party food that never goes out of style. You can offer a variety of flavours and dipping sauces to please everyone's taste buds.
  • Fried snacks: Whether you're serving up chicken nuggets, french fries, or mozzarella sticks, guests will be sure to enjoy these crispy treats
  • Fruits on skewers: Fruits on skewers make a refreshing and fun snack for any birthday party. Simply thread your favourite fruits like strawberries and apples onto skewers and voila– you've got a fun and healthy snack.

Finger food can also be customised to suit any theme. For example, if you're throwing a princess-themed party, you could serve small sandwiches shaped like crowns. For a pirate-themed party, mini pizzas or sandwiches wrapped in "bandanas" would be perfect. 

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3. Birthday Party Dinner Ideas

For dinners, you can be a bit more adventurous with your menu. You may also offer a more substantial menu with entrees and side dishes.

  • Tacos, burritos, and quesadillas: Mexican food is always popular and can be easily tailored to accommodate any dietary restrictions. Kids will love the bright collars and bold flavours, and adults will appreciate the opportunity to indulge in this fun and festive meal.
  • Pizza: It's hard to go wrong with pizza. This dish is a classic favourite that everyone loves and is easy to fit any dietary restrictions.
  • Sushi: Sushi is always a popular choice for dinner, and it's easy to see why. It's light, healthy, and can be made to please even the pickiest eaters. Be sure to have a variety of sushi rolls available, as well as soy sauce.
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4. Birthday Party Dessert ideas

It is always a good idea to have some dessert options on hand, as birthdays are not complete without a sweet treat or two!

  • Singapore desserts: Made with uniquely local flavours, some of the most popular classics include chendol, ice kacang, muah chee, and tutu kueh.
  • Cold desserts: For those with a sweet tooth, a cold dessert like ice cream, popsicles, sorbet, and mousse might be the perfect way to celebrate. 
  • Baked treats: Fruit tarts, cupcakes, and scones are sure to please any sweet tooth and put a smile on your guests' faces. For a flavourful twist, top them off with chocolate chips, nuts, or dried fruit.
  • Live dessert snack carts: A live dessert station is a fun and unique way to serve up sweet treats to your guests. Guests can choose from a variety of yummy options like cotton candy, churros, cup corn, and nachos.

Pre-packaged candy floss and pre-packed popcorn are a convenient treat for those who like to prepare their birthday snacks or favours early. Both can be stored in an airtight container and kept fresh for weeks. When ready to eat, simply open the container and enjoy. No mess, no fuss.

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5. Birthday Party Drinks Ideas

Whether you're looking for something refreshing, fruity, or exotic, there are plenty of birthday party drink ideas to choose from.

  • Smoothies: Blend together your favourite fruits, yoghurt, and milk, then top with whipped cream and sprinkles.
  • Alcohol: Alcoholic drinks are not only delicious but they also add to the merry atmosphere of a birthday party. For something classic, you can't go wrong with light and bubbly champagne or a signature cocktail for something with a bit more of a punch. 
  • Live beverage stations: Why not mix things up a little and try a live beverage station? Guests will have the option to choose their own drinks from different fruit juices, sodas, and syrups.
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Celebrate With The Best Food Around

One of the most important considerations when planning a birthday party is the food you will serve. 

A good rule of thumb is to offer a variety of options, including both sweet and savoury items. By taking the time to plan ahead, you can ensure that your birthday party is a delicious success. 

If you’re serving a larger group, you may wish to consider catering or engaging live food stations to help prepare and serve the food. At The Carnival Fair, we provide various live food stations for hire, from sweet treats like popcorn and cotton candy carts to classic must-haves like hot dog buns.

As the ultimate birthday event planning company in Singapore, we also have different types of birthday party packages that take the hassle out of planning. Take a look at the successful events we hosted or contact us to find out more!

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