Party Food and Snacks that Kids and Toddlers Will Love

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bear shaped sweet potato tots being dipped

Are you wondering what food to make for your toddler’s next party? Here are some cute party food recipes and finger food ideas that might just get the kids to stop playing long enough to eat.

Just to prove that I know what toddlers like, check out the results from the twin toddler taste test.

Narwhal Donuts

Narwhals are the unicorn of the sea. These narwhal donuts are the perfect handheld treat for an under-the-sea themed children’s party. Just grab one and walk around with your friends while you munch.

narwhal donuts on a plate.

Paw Print Pizza

Kids love dogs and kids love pizza! Combine those two loves into one with this vegan paw print pizza. This is also a good idea for quick dinners.

vegan pizza shaped like a paw print.

Kitty Cat Funfetti Birthday Cake

Every good party has cake, amiright? This sprinkle filled vanilla cake is fun from the inside out…maybe not as fun as a real kitten, but it’s less responsibility.

pink and white kitty cat cake.

Pizza Pinwheels

Pizza is one of the most perfect finger foods you can have at any party, but especially a party with small children. These vegan pizza rolls can fill those tummies enough to keep them playing.

vegan pizza rolls on a plate.

Ice Cream Cake

Does your son or daughter have one of those summer birthday celebrations? For parties in the warmer months, ice cream birthday cake is the perfect thing! It’s filled with fresh strawberry ice cream and topped with whip cream, sprinkles, chocolate drip, and cherries.

an ice cream cake on a cake stand.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

These vegan peanut butter cups are super easy and delicious. They’re perfect for kids’ parties and snacks. You can customize the shape based on what your child loves. I made mine hello kitty shaped because I’m a child, haha.

hello kitty shaped peanut butter filled chocolates.

Stuffed Pretzel Bites

These vegan pretzel bites have a surprise in the center of each one. This makes them one of the most fun childrens party food recipes.

a bunny stuffed animal with a bunch of pretzel bites.

Funfetti Chocolate Chip Cookies

Even the fussy eaters will like these funfetti chocolate chip cookies. They’re stuffed with sprinkles and chocolate chips, making them a fun way to eat your calories.

plate of cookies.

Food on a stick that’s covered in sprinkles is always great for birthday parties. These cookie lollipops even have a special treat in the center.

3 cookie lollipops with ribbons tied around their sticks into bows.

Vegan Hot Dog on a Stick

Speaking of food on sticks, here’s a new take on a corndog. They’re better for kiddos with corn allergies since they have no cornbread. Hot dog on a stick are vegan hot dogs wrapped in colorful bread dough. These are fun for little guests, as well as their parents.

2 hot dogs on sticks with one missing a bite.

Mother’s Pink and White Cookies

Remember those pink and white animal cookies from our youth? Now you can make a healthier version for your children. They’re dipped in white chocolate, instead of the god-knows-what that the packaged cookies were coated in.

pink and white bunny shaped cookies with sprinkles.

Rainbow Sushi Cupcakes

Looking for a healthy snack to balance out the sweets? This great idea brings the uniqueness of sushi to the party without all the effort. Sushi cupcakes take half the amount of time of rolling nori.

colorful sushi cupcakes on a plate.

Mounds Chocolates

This healthy homemade version of mounds candy is heart shaped, but you can use other molds to fit the theme of the party. They’re filled with naturally-colored pink coconut, making it the perfect way to bring some color to any party theme, without the food dyes.

heart shaped chocolates with pink coconut inside.

Allergen-free Homemade Doritos

This is one of those vegan recipes where you might just want to buy premade instead of making from scratch. However, if any party guests have food allergies, make these for your your kids party. Homemade, gluten-free, and allergen-free, nacho-cheese flavored chips will be an accommodating addition.

bowl of homemade doritos.

Fox-Themed Carrot Cake

Is your party is woodland themed or animal themed? This fox carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is one of those fun cake recipes. It could be the perfect birthday cake for kids of all ages.

carrot cake decorated to look like a fox.

Pepperoni Pizza Lollipops

These pizza lollipops are an easy way to get even the picky eaters to eat at your kids’ party. Just make sure you have a garbage can for them to throw their sticks in when they’re done.

3 pepperoni pizza heart shaped lollipops on a slate.

Star-shaped Pop Tarts

Pop tarts have always been the perfect finger food for kids on the go. But now they’re cute too! These vegan blueberry pop tarts are colored AND star-shaped and can be customized for any kids birthday party theme.

dipping a star shaped poptart into tea with a plate of poptarts in the background.

Mac N Cheese Hearts

Mac and cheese bites are one of the most fun kid foods. Not only is it mini mac and cheese, but it’s also deep fried AND heart shaped! For anyone who likes salty snacks or little cheese bites, this is for them.

bowl of fried mac n cheese heart-shaped bites.

Apple Rose Tarts

Another one of those easy finger foods is apple roses. These would be perfect for an Alice in Wonderland themed party. For a fun party activity, leave out paint brushes and some pink pitaya mixed with a little water. Then the kids can “paint the roses red” before they eat them.

board filled with mini apple tarts that look like roses.

Vegan Crispy Pretzel Chicken Fries

The fussy eater at the party might just eat these vegan crispy pretzel chicken fries! You could take the easy way out and buy frozen chicken nuggets from the store. Impossible makes animal ones. Morningstar Farms makes mickey mouse ones. Yummy makes dinosaur ones. The benefit to making these from scratch is the consistency. The pretzel coating makes them a good finger food idea for adult guests as well.

cup of pretzel chicken fries with hot sauce in the background.

Dunkaroo Elephants

Kids these days won’t recognize these fun treats from the 90s, but maybe their parents will. These iconic dunkaroos cookies came with dipping sauces that were sweet and filled with sprinkles, just like this recipe.

elephant shaped cookie being dipped into a funfetti frosting ina  teacup with a saucer filled with elephant cookies in the foreground.

Vegan Sweet Potato Tots

Made with real sweet potatoes, these bear shaped tots are sneakily healthy, but the kiddos with never know. Serve homemade sweet potato tots with barbecue sauce or ketchup to dip them in.

dipping a bear shaped teddy tot into some dip.

Bagel Bites

I know, you could buy bagel bites, but they wouldn’t be allergen free for the healthy kids. These are one of the many easy finger food ideas in this list that are pizza themed.

mini bagel bites on a plate

Galaxy Cake

Here’s another one of those vegan cakes that’s good for more than just birthday parties. Serve this at New Year’s Eve parties and May the 4th parties. It’s also great for any space-themed child’s birthday party. The asteroids on top of this galaxy cake cane be made of cake pops or cookie dough balls.

a galaxy cake with asteroids on top of the cake and moons and stars sprinkles.

Colorful Potato Salad

Here’s a creative way to serve potato salad at parties. Since it’s vegan, it’s a healthier option than traditional potato salad. Vegan kids will love this since it’s made with vegan mayo.

a vintage ice cream dish filled with pastel blue and pink potato salad.

Eggless Salad Sandwiches

These sandwiches can be any shape you want, as long as you have the right cookie cutter. Tea sandwiches are the perfect food for little kids. The crusts are already cut off, and they’re the perfect size for their little hands.

moon and star shaped tea sandwiches on pink and yellow bread.

Peach Pie Lollipops

Vegan pie pops can be customized with different fruits and different colored dough. This fun twist will brighten up any number of special occasions.

pink heart shaped pie pops sticking out of a jar tied with a bow.

Ladybugs on a Leaf

These ladybug bruschetta are an easy party treat with a healthier twist. Young children will adore how the tomatoes are decorated to look like ladybugs. We can’t have a list of kids party food ideas without something bug-themed.

grape tomatoes decorated like ladybugs witting on basil leaves on top of a star-shaped tortilla chip.

Low-Sugar All-Natural Cupcakes

This cupcake recipe is for those healthy eating guests. Low-sugar vegan cupcakes have less sugar than your average cupcake but still taste amazing. The frosting is colored with all natural superfood powders.

chocolate cupcakes with multi-colored frosting swirled on top

Rainbow Pasta Salad

Of all the birthday party food ideas, this is one of my favorites. Rainbow pasta salad is a show stopper. The best part is that it’s not much work to make it.

heart shaped bowl filled with multi-colored bowtie shaped pasta and cheese stars and rose petals.

Tofu Breakfast Baskets

I know not everyone likes the idea of tofu. These tofu baskets will win over even the firmest tofu denier. Sauté the tofu and veggies in olive oil with lots of flavorful spices. Then wrap it all up in phyllo dough to make a beautiful and delicious food item that’s portable and easy to eat.

a tofu breakfast basket on a black background.

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzels

Have you ever seen cuter peanut butter pretzels? Children will have so much fun playing with these butterflies. They will fly them around the garden before popping them into their mouths.

vegan chocolate peanut butter pretzels decorated to look like butterflies.

Vegan Korean Rice Balls

If you’re short on time preparing for the festivities, skip the decoration. If you have extra time, decorate the Jumeok Bap to look like little bees. These vegan Korean rice balls are a perfect vegan food for kids.

vegan korean rice balls that look like bumble bees

Vegan Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

These soft peanut butter cookie sandwiches look like hello kitty. If your little ones aren’t into hello kitty, a different cookie stamp. You can make these healthier by replacing the sugar with date sugar or coconut sugar. You can even replace the chocolate filling with jelly to make them more like a peanut butter and jelly cookie sandwich.

vegan peanut butter sandwich cookies

Homemade Crackers

All children (and adults) love crackers, right? What if I told you that you could exponentially grow that love? Make your friends and family bat-shaped, naturally colored crackers using black sesame tahini!

dipping a bat shaped cracker into some dip

Dried Apples

These colorful dried apples are another one of those fun recipes. It’s so fun that your toddler will want to help! You can slice the apples with a mandolin. Your child can paint the apples with all-natural food coloring.

rainbow colored dried apple slices

Vegan Sobrasada Sandwiches

Spanish niñas and niños grow up eating sobrasada sandwiches. If any of your party guests are from Spain, they will love these vegan sobrasada sandwiches. Use a sandwich stamp to make them extra cute.

hello kitty shaped sobrasada sandwiches.

Vegan Mini Bat Donuts

You might wonder why there are so many bat-themed snacks in this party food list. My youngest daughter was very into bats from about the age of 4. She still is actually, and she’s 21 now, haha. So if you have any party goers like Izzy, your food table will be a huge hit.

These mini mickey mouse bat donuts would be perfect for a child’s Halloween party.

mini mickey mouse bat donuts.

Vegan Deviled Eggs

When I was little, I LOVED deviled eggs. I would sit at the snack table and inhale them like an adorable vacuum. These vegan deviled eggs are even better because you can make them colored.

colorful vegan deviled eggs.

Cute Vegan Brownies

What’s better than a normal brownie? Brownies shaped like squirrels of course!

vegan squirrel brownies.

Dill Pickle Popcorn

Popcorn should be on every party menu. It’s inexpensive and quick and easy to make. This dill pickle popcorn offers a new spin on traditional butter or cheese popcorn.

pickle popcorn.

Vegan Funfetti Pancakes

These star shaped funfetti mini pancakes are another time-saving treat. Since they’re made in the oven instead of on the stove, you can be multitasking while they bake. Cut them into squares if you’re in a hurry. Or cut cute shapes using cookie cutters. Make mini pancake stacks on the food table to save space. Serve with a vanilla vegan yogurt dip.

star shaped funfetti sheet pan pancakes.

Vegan Temaki

Party popper emoji sushi cones are more geared towards older kids or teenagers. If your party will have all ages of kiddos, vegan temaki is a good recipe to add to the menu. They’re the perfect birthday party snacks since birthdays are meant to be celebrated.

vegan party popper emoji sushi cones.

Vegan Chocodiles

Do you remember those chocolate twinkies from when we were little? Well, now you can make chocodiles for your kids. Make them even cooler by adding teeth to the filling.

vegan chocodiles with teeth.

Vegan Corn Dog Nuggets

An entire corn dog can be too much when you’re at a party with lots of other food. Make these vegan corn dog bites instead!

vegan mini corn dog muffins.

Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookies

I know vegan chocolate chips cookies don’t really need to be improved upon, but how instagrammable are these??? What young person isn’t going to want a rainbow chocolate chip cookie?

vegan rainbow cookies with chocolate chips.

Veggie Millet Tots

Vegan millet tots are cute, gluten-free, and bite-sized. They’re also a sneaky way to get your young party goers to eat their veggies.

vegan millet tots dipping into some sauce.

Cinnamon Roll Donuts

You’ve got a lot of work to do with planning this toddler party. These cinnamon roll donuts take very little time and only one ingredient. Add some all-natural vegan sprinkles for an extra special touch.

donut shaped cinnamon rolls with sprinkles.

Ube Steamed Buns

Do you have any Pokemon fans attending your little ones’ party? If so, they’ll love these ube steamed buns decorated to look like the Pokemon ditto.

purple vegan steamed buns.

Pikachu Cake

Here’s another item for the Pokemon fans. This vegan marble cake is decorated to look like the Pokemon Pikachu. This is a perfect cake if you’re throwing a birthday party for a child of any age.

vegan pikachu pokemon cake.

Truffle Ravioli

You might think truffle ravioli is a little too fancy for a toddler party. However, because these ravioli are shaped like little candies, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how many munchkins will want one.

vegan candy shaped truffle ravioli.

Vegan Doggie Cake

Here’s another fun cake idea for a toddler’s birthday party. I imagine some little ones may not like pumpkin cake. You can make a funfetti cake recipe and use the decorating instructions from the kawaii vegan dog cake recipe.

vegan pumpkin birthday cake decorated to look like a dog.

Vegan Sausage Rolls

Most kiddies like pigs in a blanket, so I imagine they probably also like sausage rolls.

vegan sausage rolls.

Vegan Fairy Cakes

I had never heard of vegan fairy cakes before. They seem like they belong in the elvenfood subreddit though, amiright?

vegan cupcake with a bite missing.

Air Fryer Pasta Chips

I’ve never made pasta chips in the air fryer. It’s quick and pasta is inexpensive, so it seems like a great party food idea. And you can use some cute novelty shaped pasta.

vegan pasta chips.


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