People of all ages enjoy the convenience and fun of finger foods at birthday parties. Partygoers can eat at the table, wander around with plates of food or have a picnic on a blanket on the floor. Preparing finger foods doesn't have to be complicated or time-consuming and clean up may be easier with little or no silverware and few dishes. Finger foods add variety and ease to birthday parties and can make these special celebrations more fun for guests and hosts of all ages.
Cheesy Finger Foods
Fluffy Cheese Puffs are light, airy bite-size balls, similar to cheese popovers. Ingredients for these tasty finger foods include: water, butter, olive oil, salt, cayenne pepper, flour, eggs, cheddar cheese and chives or scallions. According to Familyfun.com, the recipe for 30 to 40 fluffy cheese puffs must be baked for "20 to 25 minutes or until the puffs are firm and well browned." They are served warm or at room temperature.
Older children enjoy creating their own English muffin pizzas with cheese and many different toppings. They can also help assemble finger-food-recipes.com's easy, quick Apple Cheese Quesadillas, using the following ingredients: flour tortillas, butter or margarine, Dijon mustard, chopped green onions, cored and thinly sliced red apples and shredded Gouda or Brie cheese. These quesadillas are fried until crisp, cut into quarters and served warm, and they make an enjoyable finger food for birthday partygoers of all ages.
Vegetable Finger Foods
MarthaStewart.com recommends "Artichoke-Parmesan Crostini" for adult birthday parties. In less than 15 minutes, you can make delicious crostini finger food with baguette, olive oil, marinated artichoke hearts, shredded Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh parsley.
To prepare parent.com's "Cucumber-Melon Sushi," cut cantaloupe or honeydew melon into 1-inch cubes, use a vegetable peeler to slice long strips of cucumber, wrap a cucumber strip around each melon cube and insert a toothpick. Combine plain yogurt, orange-juice concentrate and chopped cilantro for a delicious dipping sauce. Raw vegetables, cut into sticks and served with hummus is a very easy-to-prepare birthday party finger food.
Sweet-Potato Waffle Fries may be a bit more time-consuming to prepare, but using a microwave to start cooking the peeled, waffle-cute sweet potatoes, before seasoning and baking, will speed up the process. This unusual vegetarian finger food really takes only 20 minutes from start to finish.
Meat, Chicken and Fish Finger Foods
Easy to prepare finger foods for birthday parties can be purchased frozen and heated just before it's time to eat. These include taquitos and chicken nuggets that can be served with assorted dips. For an "Under the Sea Party," serve fish sticks, a well-known finger food.
Guests might have fun creating their own open-face mini bagels with sliced cold cuts, like turkey, ham and salami, along with tomato slices, spinach or arugula.
Sandwich Finger Foods
Parents.berkeley.edu, a wonderful resource for families, suggests that toddlers at birthday parties, have fun eating "PB&J sandwiches cut into star, heart and other shapes with cookie cutters or, if not peanut butter, try "cream cheese and jelly or strawberry flavored cream cheese."
At a tea party themed birthday parties, young guests enjoy fruit-flavored tea served with cucumber finger sandwiches arranged on a decorative plate.