Sleepover parties make an incredible way for kids to bond and have fun with their friends. The sleepover beds are ready, and you’ve planned plenty of activities, but when it comes to food, it can be challenging to decide what to serve.
Kids can be picky eaters, and you want to make sure that you have food options that will appeal to everyone. So, here are some kid-friendly foods you can serve at your next sleepover party.
Pizza is a classic sleepover food since you’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t enjoy it. You can order pizzas from your local pizzeria or make them at home with your favorite toppings.
If you’re making pizza at home, consider letting the kids help with the toppings. They’ll love adding pepperoni, meatballs, and cheese to the top of their creations. You can also make mini pizzas by using English muffins or pita bread as the crust.
Popcorn is a great snack that you can make in the microwave or on the stovetop. To make it more exciting, you can offer different toppings such as butter, salt, caramel, or cheese. Kids will love hearing the popping sounds coming from the microwave and pretending to be at a movie theatre.
Chips and Dips
Chips and dips are wonderful for a crowd. You can serve tortilla chips with salsa, guacamole, or queso for a Mexican theme, or serve potato chips with onion dip, ranch dip, or French onion dip. You can also offer healthier options, such as carrot sticks or celery with hummus.
The one downside is that this snack can be messy, so keep the kiddos away from sleepover beds and have napkins at the ready nearby.
Fruit and Veggie Trays
Fruit and veggie trays are a healthy option that you can serve at a sleepover party that can still be fun for kids. You can cut up different fruits such as apples, oranges, strawberries, or grapes. For the veggie tray, you can offer carrot sticks, celery, cherry tomatoes, or cucumbers. To make it feel extra special, use a cookie cutter to make fun shapes out of your veggies before you serve them. You can serve them with a dip such as ranch or hummus.
Chicken nuggets are an extremely kid-friendly food that you can serve at a sleepover party., whether you buy them pre-made or make them at home. Serve chicken nuggets with different dipping sauces like ketchup, barbecue sauce, or honey mustard.
Mac and Cheese
Mac and cheese is called comfort food for a reason. If you want to spice up this cheesy classic, set up a mac and cheese bar and offer different toppings such as bacon, breadcrumbs, or chopped hot dogs.
Ice Cream Sundaes
If you’re crafting ice cream sundaes, offer different flavors of ice cream and toppings like sprinkles, chocolate chips, or whipped cream. You can also let the kids make their own sundaes by offering different toppings in bowls—just be aware that you might have to clean up a bit of a mess.
When the little ones wake up in the morning, mini pancakes are a fun breakfast option that you can serve them. Serve them with different toppings like butter, syrup, or whipped cream, or, if you have slightly more adventurous eaters, mix in some fruity compotes and jams. Serve with a side of fruit and some bacon or sausage, and you’ll have some happy little eaters.
Smoothies are a healthy, refreshing drink option that you can serve at your sleepover party, especially if you’re planning a spa theme. Offer the kids different fruit options like bananas, strawberries, or blueberries, and add yogurt or milk to make them creamy.
Hot chocolate is a well-loved, comforting drink that’s perfect for a cozy winter sleepover. Whether you make it at home or buy pre-made hot chocolate mix, you can make the experience extra special by offering different toppings like marshmallows, whipped cream, or chocolate chips.
Allergy Friendly Options
Allergies are an important consideration when planning food for a sleepover party, so ask the parents of the children attending the party if their child has any allergies or dietary restrictions.
For example, if a child has a nut allergy, avoid serving foods that contain nuts, such as trail mix or peanut butter. Provide gluten-free options like rice crackers or gluten-free pizza crust if a child is gluten-free. If a child has a dairy allergy, you can provide non-dairy options such as almond milk or vegan cheese. It’s also a good idea to label the food with ingredients to help avoid any accidental allergen exposure.
Fun, Food, and Memories Made
Planning the food for your child’s next sleepover party is easier than you might think. When deciding on the food options, consider the tastes and preferences of the kids attending the party.
You can also let them help with the food preparation, which can be a fun activity for everyone. With the sleepover beds ready and some supervision, you can ensure a safe and successful party for everyone.