Thank you so much for stopping by this lovely Friday morning to continue with me on our picnic party planning series. Today, we are going to talk about the picnic party food to serve at your birthday, AND all 5 of our recipes that we will be sharing will involve using skewers!
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I am now excited to present to you the perfect picnic party food to serve at your picnic themed birthday party.
If you are reading our blog for the first time, make sure you also go back and read the first three parts of this party series. All of the posts are valuable to read exclusive of each other, however, the series in its entirety will provide you with an epic party planning guide! So we highly suggest reading them all! You can get to the other posts in this series by following the links below:
The Perfect Picnic Party Food for Your Birthday
1. Picnic Bug Snacks
These cute little critters are almost too adorable to eat! Almost. With inspiration from Crafting Chicks, I created these three snacks to look like cute little bugs. Kids will eat these up! (Pun definitely intended.)
The first of my three bug snacks is this adorable little ladybug. This snack was made using Ritz crackers, provolone cheese, cherry tomatoes, halved black olives, candy eyes, and brown cookie frosting. Once assembled, these are a great treat to get kids eating more than just sweets at your party!
The second of the three bug snacks is this bitty butterfly. This snack was made using celery, peanut butter, pretzel twists, and candy eyes. When getting your celery, be sure to get the bigger stalks. That way your pretzel twists will stay better in the peanut butter than mine did.
This last bug snack is a grape ant skewer. I simply skewered three red grapes to look like the body of an ant, and then added candy eyes (“glued” on with frosting) to make them look like ants! Perfect for a picnic party!
2. Caprese Salad Skewers
If you are having adults at your picnic party, then this simple salad skewer is a great appetizer for your adult party comers. To make these, you will need wooden skewers, grape tomatoes, fresh mozzarella balls, fresh basil leaves, and balsamic vinegar. I assembled these by wrapping a tomato in a leaf of basil, placing it on the skewer, and then adding a fresh mozzarella ball after that. I alternated between the two until I had four tomatoes and four mozzarella balls. Finally, I drizzled the entire skewer with balsamic vinegar.
3. Peanut Butter and Jelly Skewers
This recipe I got as inspiration from Welch’s Website. To make this kid-friendly skewer, I make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and then cut it into small squares (I cut mine into 6 squares). Then I alternated skewering on the mini sandwich square with fresh fruit.
4. Teriyaki Chicken and Pineapple Skewers
I was inspired by Gal on a Mission to make this recipe. It is super easy and only requires a couple of ingredients. You will need one pound of chicken, teriyaki marinade, a bell pepper, an onion, and pineapple chunks. Cut your chicken into 1” pieces and marinate in the teriyaki sauce for 30 minutes. While your chicken is marinating, soak your skewer sticks in water to help avoid catching them on fire when the cook. Also, cut your bell pepper and onion into chunks. Then, alternate skewering on your chicken, pepper, onion, and pineapple pieces. Cook on the grill until the chicken is completely done. Then serve!
5. Loaded Tater Tots Skewers
This last recipe came from Made with Happy and was absolutely delicious… and easy. For this recipe, you will need a bag of frozen tater tots, a packet of ranch dressing seasoning, bacon bits, and shredded cheddar cheese. First, cook your tater tots according to package instructions. After the tots are done, place them onto skewer sticks (8-10 tots per skewer). Sprinkle some ranch seasoning on top of the tater tots, then sprinkle bacon bits on top of that, and, finally, top with cheddar cheese. Then bake for an additional 10 minutes. These are best served with a ranch dipping sauce. The sour cream ranch sauce by Made with Happy was super tasty. All you need is an 8 oz package of sour cream and 2 tablespoons of the same ranch dressing seasoning from above!
Oh boy, that menu looks AMAZING! We had this entire menu for dinner just the other day and it was so good that we demolished every last bit of it! I think this menu is perfect for a picnic themed party, but it is also great for any summer day. All of the recipes are extremely easy and quick to make, letting you get out and enjoy more of the summer weather.
Well, that’s it for today! I will be back again on Monday to continue onto the next picnic party planning theme: the dessert! I will be sharing an incredibly quick and easy recipe with you that kids and adult will love! Here’s a hint: it is a summer dessert staple made mini!
I hope to see you back on Monday! Have a great weekend!