45 Easy Snacks for a Toddler Birthday Party


This list of finger foods for a toddler birthday party has everything from salty, to sweet, to healthy. Check out this list of mess-free foods that the kids will love.

Ok let’s be real, toddlers are tricky to plan food for. They can be just as picky as teenagers! Here are my top suggestions for party snacks that will satisfy the kiddos.

When planning for toddlers, here are some things I like to keep in mind:

  • Portion Sizes/How much can they realistically eat? Mini size is a yes please!
  • Beware of super strong flavors – garlic, dark chocolate, spice, etc.
  • What are they picky about?
  • Messiness level – The less mess the better
  • Be mindful of choking hazards – We don’t want our little ones getting hurt during the party.

Toddlers are so fun, but they can definitely be a handful. Meals can become stressful when everyone is hungry and wants something different. Add a spread of any number of these items to your toddler’s gathering, and you are sure to have some smiling kids. These are some food items that are super easy to prep and that hit the spot!

FAQs About Finger Foods

  • What makes great finger food? 
    • Great finger foods are generally small, bite-size portions. They can be eaten without creating too much mess and can be easily transported.
    • It is also good to be aware of the audience/atmosphere the food will be served in. When I hear finger food, I often think of things like spicy wings, onion rings, and jalapeno poppers. And while I might like those things, they might not be ideal for a toddler’s birthday party.
  • Can I serve other foods too? 
    • Of course! Finger foods just tend to work well for toddler parties, since little kids tend to eat smaller portions anyway.
  • What are some cheap finger foods?
    • Generic brand versions of things like popcorn, pretzels, and marshmallows are pretty low cost. Other items such as fresh fruit and veggies that are in season can be affordable as well!
    • Generally, highly processed foods or foods containing meat are going to be more expensive. (Things like candy bars, pizza rolls, and pigs in a blanket). However, all the items included on this list are pretty low cost.

Benefits to Serving Finger Foods at a Toddler Birthday Party

Here are some of the top reasons you will love having these items on your child’s birthday party menu. 

  • Lots of Variety – You can have lots of options, which is great for picky eaters. 
  • Quick to Prep – Most finger foods take very little time to prepare. 
  • Low Cost – You can control what kind of foods you serve and how much. Cheaper foods = cheaper party 
  • Great for Allergies – If your kid or one of their friends has a food allergy or intolerance, it’s easy to accommodate them with finger foods. 
  • Less waste – With smaller amounts of food, it’s easier to serve kids how much they will actually eat. 
  • Very Customizable – Finger foods are easy to tailor to a particular party theme. You can make them into cute shapes and everything! 
  • Less mess – Most of the items on this list produce very little mess. I tried to avoid most foods that would drip, spill, or be sticky. But I mean, you’ve got to have cake or ice cream!

Healthy Kids Party Snacks

Giving our kid(s) healthy food makes us feel like a good parent. So, it’s natural that you’d want to include some fresh produce or natural food items at your party. 

These are healthy finger foods that you can serve at the party and feel great about.

  1. Applesauce
  2. Apple slices with Caramel or Peanut Butter
  3. Bananas
  4. Berries and dip
  5. Carrots and Celery with Ranch
  6. Cheese and Crackers
  7. Cheerios
  8. Cheese Sticks
  9. Cucumbers
  10. Cut up Melon
  11. Grapes
  12. Gogurt
  13. Lunch meat and Cheese Pinwheels
  14. Mini PB&J Sandwiches
  15. Veggie Straws
healthy party snacks

Savory Party Snack Ideas

Kids seem to have all the energy in the world. They can run around and play for hoursssss. As they sweat, they can lose some of their body’s natural salt. Savory snacks like these will hit the spot when they need a little sodium boost!

  1. Chex Mix
  2. Cheezits
  3. Chicken Nuggets
  4. Chips
  5. Fries/Potato Wedges
  6. Goldfish
  7. Hot Dog bites
  8. Mozzarella Sticks and Marinara Sauce
  9. Pigs in a Blanket
  10. Pizza Rolls / Bagel Bites
  11. Popcorn
  12. Pretzels
  13. Rice Cakes
  14. Quesadilla triangles
  15. Wheat thins
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Sweet snack ideas

Of course, it wouldn’t be a real party without something sweet for the kiddos to enjoy!

  1. Animal Crackers
  2. Brownie Bites
  3. Candy
  4. Candy Bars
  5. Chocolate Covered Raisins
  6. Cupcakes
  7. Fruit Snacks
  8. Graham Crackers
  9. Ice cream bar
  10. Jell-O
  11. Marshmallows
  12. Muddy Buddies
  13. Otter popsicles
  14. Pudding Cups
  15. Yogurt Covered Raisins

Want more finger foods? See our list for any party HERE!

Hopefully, this list helps you figure out some fun, tasty toddler party birthday food to serve at your child’s birthday party! If you have more ideas of foods I missed, leave them in the comments below!

Toddler party finger food

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