Easy Food for a Birthday Party

Parties are all about bringing people together to celebrate something special. Delicious food has a way of creating a comfortable and inviting atmosphere for guests to connect. For your birthday this year, create delicious sweet and salty snacks that are easy to make and fun to eat. Here are a few crowd pleasing ideas for food for a birthday party that keep kitchen preparation time to a minimum.

Individual Seven Layer Dip

Individual dishes make the perfect food for a birthday party! Take the delicious idea of seven layer dip and miniaturize it. Purchase plastic tumblers and assemble ingredients such as refried beans mixed with taco seasoning, guacamole, sour cream, salsa, cheese and fresh vegetables. Starting with beans or meat as your base, create colorful layers of flavor in each plastic tumbler. Serve with tortilla chips and guests can help themselves to their own individual cup of dip.

Marshmallow Crispy Treats

Everyone enjoys the sweet and crunchy taste of a Rice Krispie treat. Create easy variations on this classic theme for a novel idea that takes only about fifteen minutes to put together. All you need is your favorite kind of cookie—Nutter Butters, Oreos, or Chips Ahoy all work well—one ten ounce bag of marshmallows and three tablespoons of butter. Crush the cookies inside a large Ziploc bag while melting the butter and marshmallows together over medium heat. When the two ingredients are well blended, add the crushed cookies. Evenly pack the mixture onto a greased cookie sheet or cake pan. Wait about an hour for the treats to cool before serving them.

Vegetable Pizza

A vegetable pizza is a delicious appetizer that is convenient to prepare and easy to serve. Prepare a pizza crust using a mix or refrigerated dough. Once the crust has cooled completely, coat it with a layer of ranch dip. Choose a variety of fresh vegetables such as broccoli, tomatoes, green onions and colorful peppers. Chop the vegetables and place them on top of the ranch dip. Cover the entire pizza with a generous layer of cheese. Experiment with this simple combination to come up with other flavors. Try a hummus and feta cheese vegetable pizza or one that uses salsa and sour cream as a base.

Biscuit Donuts

Think that making donuts at home sounds like a lot of work? Try this no fuss recipe that consists of refrigerated biscuit dough and pre-prepared frosting. Separate the biscuit rounds onto a cookie sheet and use a two inch circle cutter to remove the centers from each biscuit. Meanwhile, in a deep pan heat two inches of peanut oil to the temperature of 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Fry the donuts until they are golden brown. Place a can of frosting in the microwave for about thirty seconds to create a glaze-like consistency. Frost donuts and serve while still warm.

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