9 Finger Foods for Kids' Parties

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Finger Food Ideas for Kids
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Cupcakes may be the main event at birthday parties but that doesn't mean finger foods for kids can't be just as much fun. Each of these ideas features fresh ingredients with a few smart shortcuts to get it done faster, easier and tastier than ever.

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Cucumber Veggie Cups
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Cucumber Veggie Cups

Use a melon baller to scoop out the seeds of a regular cucumber that's been cut into 2-inch sections. Fill your "cups" with hummus, dip or salad dressing then pop a few sliced veggies right in.

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Pizza pinwheels
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Pizza Pinwheels

Roll out a package of crescent rolls or pizza dough, and then slather with marinara sauce. Top with 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese plus pepperoni, mushrooms or any other favorites. Roll up the dough into a long cylinder and cut into 1-inch rounds. Bake on a parchment-lined cookie sheet for 15 minutes at 350 degrees F.

Image Credit: Charity Mathews, founder of Foodlets.com
Celery Butterflies
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Celery Butterflies

Here's a modern take on Ants On a Log! Fill celery sticks with cream cheese (pictured), hummus or peanut butter. Press two mini pretzels in the middle and finish with raisins for eyes.

Image Credit: Charity Mathews, founder of Foodlets.com
Banana-Nutella Sushi
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Banana-Nutella Sushi

Spread any chocolate-nut spread over a whole-wheat tortilla then position a banana at one edge. Roll it up and slice into "sushi" bites.

Image Credit: Charity Mathews, founder of Foodlets.com
Star-Shaped Sandwiches
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Star-Shaped Sandwiches

Use your cookie cutters to transform regular sandwich bread into party fare. Fill with favorite combinations like turkey, ham or cheese. But don't add your fillings until after you've cut the bread. You'll waste more food this way, and the shapes won't be quite as easy to see.

Image Credit: Charity Mathews, founder of Foodlets.com
Cheesy Spinach Balls
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Cheesy Spinach Balls

Make these so "good you'll never believe they're so good for you" snacks up to three days in advance. Combine one 16 oz bag of frozen spinach (thawed and squeezed to remove water) with four eggs, one cup of shredded mozzarella cheese, and two cups of a secret ingredient: stuffing mix. Stir until combined, roll into balls and bake at 375 degrees F for 15 to 18 minutes.

Image Credit: Charity Mathews, founder of Foodlets.com
Fruit Platter
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Fruit Platter

No need to whip out the skewers or cookie cutters. Just assemble rows of colorful, juicy fruit on a platter--and make sure there's plenty of it!

Image Credit: Charity Mathews, founder of Foodlets.com

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