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A kids party should be filled with fun activities and cool decorations. Why stop there, when you can make kid-pleasing party foods for kids? When food looks cool and interesting, kids will usually be more likely to try it. This is the perfect way to introduce new foods to kids or to get them eating healthy foods. Before planning the menu, ask parents to notify you of their child’s food allergies along with their RSVP

Personal Pizzas

Kids will really enjoy eating a party food that they create themselves and parents can rest easy knowing their kids are eating a healthy food. Give each child with a pre-shaped whole wheat pizza crust or a whole wheat English muffin half. Provide several healthy topping options in individual bowls on the table. Include low-fat mozzarella cheese, fresh tomatoes, sweet peppers, mushrooms, onions, broccoli, pineapple and turkey pepperoni. Allow each kid to add his own toppings so he will have a truly personal pizza. Arrange pizzas on a cookie sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes.

Watermelon Fruit Bowl

Carve a whole watermelon to create a fruit bowl that is sure to delight all the kids at the party. Remove the fruit from the rind using a melon baller. A set of small knives or your pumpkin carving kit will make small, detailed cuts a breeze.

Cut the top 1/3 of the watermelon off horizontally. Add some jagged cuts for an interesting top edge of the basket. A bit more difficult is a watermelon basket, which is basically the same as the bowl except you must leave an intact portion in the middle to represent the handle. Use your imagination to carve even more elaborate bowls. Fabulousfoods.com offers step-by-step instructions on how to make a watermelon whale centerpieces that will amaze the kids.

Once you have finished carving your creation, fill the vessel with a colorful, healthy fresh fruit salad. Cantaloupe, grapes, strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, peaches, pears and watermelon are healthy additions to a fresh fruit salad. Yogurt on the side makes a healthy dipping sauce for fruit.

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

Children will be delighted to eat these cupcakes that look like ice cream cones. Line muffin pans with paper cupcake papers. Prepare your child’s favorite cake mix and fill each 2/3 full with batter. Place a flat-bottomed sugar cone upside down in the cake batter. Bake according to the package directions. After the cakes have cooled completely, remove the paper liner and top with icing to resemble the swirl of ice cream on a cone. Top with sprinkles, crushed cookies or other ice cream toppings. A maraschino cherry on the top completes the look. If the kids are old enough, allow them to decorate their own ice cream cone cupcakes.

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