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by Jennifer Hopper |


The classic kids’ party can be a bit of a minefield if you’re a parent hoping to have some kind of control over your child’s intake of nutrient-free food! And while no parent wants to serve brown bread and water on their child’s special day, it is possible to strike a balance between wholesome nutritious food and fun-filled party treats. But look, we’re not gonna lie - making healthy food look good is the key to success here - so factor in some precious prep-time to make sure those nutrient-rich foods look their delicious best!

And remember - the key to keeping kids' sugar intake to a minimum is by filling them up with good food before unleashing them on the desserts table!


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  • Fill bowls with freshly popped, lightly salted popcorn
  • Chop up some veggies - fresh carrots and cucumbers, capsicums and cherry tomatoes. Add some pretzel sticks and a few simple dips like hummus or cream cheese
  • Throw on some mini pickles, nuts (if you are sure there are no allergies) and sliced hard-boiled eggs


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  • Sandwich roll-ups - create pinwheel sandwiches using wholemeal pita filled with cheese and vegemite, avocado spread or tomato and cheese
  • Corn-on-the-cob (cut into thirds)
  • Homemade mini pizzas topped with tomato sauce and cheese
  • Zucchini fritters (see resources below for details)


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  • Make a signature ‘birthday smoothie’ with your child’s favourite fruits
  • Make your own juice if you have a juicer
  • Add some sparkle with soda water if ‘fizzy’ drinks are a must have
  • Make ice-cubes filled with fruit or edible flowers to pop in drinks


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  • Fruit kebabs - use a mellon-baller or cookie cutters to make great shapes and stack them on skewers
  • Choc dipped bananas and strawberries
  • DIY ice cream cake  - check out our resources below for a healthy take on making your own delicious cake!


Jamie Oliver’s party tips:

Eating Well party food tips:

Zucchini Fritters:

Ice Cream recipes: