Throughout the year, kids can go to a lot of parties full of unhealthy food and drink. Here are some tips to plan fun parties that are also healthy.

Party planning

Use our healthy recipes for delicious recipe ideas and snack options, like Tutti Fruity Popsicles, easy sandwiches and rolls, and Date Muesli Slice.

Spend some time with the kids, planning and preparing food for the party. Kids are more likely to want food they have prepared, so get them involved.

  • Cut fruit and sandwiches into shapes with cookie cutters.
  • Make some healthy dips with the kids.
  • Stick fruit on sticks to make kebabs.
  • Small pikelets are a popular party food.
  • Fill bowls with plain popcorn.

Party bag tips

You don’t have to exclude all the ‘treat’ items.  Try reducing the amount and adding some healthy and non-food treats such as:

  • homemade healthy biscuits
  • coloured chalk, pens and art supplies
  • small toys that will get them active, like tennis balls and water pistols.

Party games

A party is a great excuse to get the kids active and running around. Try some of these games to get the kids active:

  • Musical chairs
  • Limbo
  • Duck duck goose
  • Tug-of-war
  • Sack races or egg and spoon races

Plan your party outdoors

At the park or playground, use the equipment, or encourage guests to bring their scooters or bikes. Play a game like cricket or grip ball. Host the party at your local pool. Get the kids (or their friends) together and decorate the backyard.

If your party is outside, remember to be sun smart! Remind people to bring a hat on the invitation, look for a shady spot and provide sunscreen.

Party drinks

Tap water is best and cheapest! But mix it up and add some fun with the following ideas:

  • Tap water is the best and cheapest option for thirsty kids. Add some frozen berries into water to add extra taste.
  • Freeze water with fruit or mint leaves in ice cubes trays for colourful and pretty ice cubes the kids will love.
  • If you’re going to provide juice, choose 100% fruit juice and water it down with tap water or sparkling water for a special ‘Jungle Juice’.

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