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Healthy Birthday Party and Meal Plans
December 11, 2011 | Home >Healthy Kids > Planning Strategies > Menu Ideas >Healthy Birthday Party and Meal Plans

Healthy Birthday Party and Meal Plans

Last night, Erica had a birthday party.  She’s almost 11.  We had my neighbor do ‘glitter toes’, a sweet teenage girl down the street curled hair, and the rest of the girls danced to Abba.  We gave Erica a new outfit.  She has a bunch of cousins that give her loads of hand-me downs, which she actually loves to get, so I had no idea how much she was going to love getting a brand new outfit!  She has declared that her new outfit is “the absolute cutest outfit she’s ever had!”


Anyway, for those of you who are trying to have birthday parties that aren’t filled with junk food, soda pop, and movies, here are a few ideas:

  • Keep it active! The new Dance games for the Wii are fun for everyone! Boys and girls both!  Focus on fun, not on food.
  • Serve 100% fruit juice instead of pop (or water would be even better)
  • Sending a goodie bag home?  Have dollar store toys instead of candy, such as stickers, bouncy balls, bracelets, rings, cars, pencils, notepads, etc.
  • Instead of big slices of cake, serve mini-cupcakes. These can be even more fun to decorate and the portions are perfect.  Besides, history has demonstrated to me, that most kids don’t even eat their whole slice of cake.
  • Forget about serving pizza and have a pancake bar instead!  Fruit, whipped topping, and sprinkles.  (intended to insert video of Kristen Wigg talking about having a pancake party- but couldn’t find it)
  • Forget about the chips, and serve popcorn instead.
  • Finger food can be fun! Try sliced fruit with toothpicks and a fruit dip or chopped veggies with a ranch dip.
  • Check out my Pinterest board for healthy birthday ideas too!


Now, without further rambling, here is our meal plan for this week! Don’t forget to check back on January 1st to learn all about my new meal planning site!






Green Smoothies

sandwich with
lettuce and
cheese plus
sliced peppers

Apple Chips

Creamy Chicken and spinach soup


Oatmeal with
coconut milk and
Almond Butter
and Jelly on
Whole wheat


BBQ chicken with green salad and
Sweet potato crescent rolls


orange juice andSunshine Eggs Green Salad
with hard
boiled eggs,
croutons and
Cottage cheese and salsa on whole grain crackers Chicken salad with
celery and onion,
over lettuce. Whole
wheat rolls


Banana Oatmeal
Cold Pasta
Salad with

Fruit Salsa With Pitas

Spaghetti squash


Fruit salad and
whole wheat
Veggie wraps
(whole wheat
tortilla with
avocado and
Cashews and

Kewl Asian Wraps


As always, you can print this meal plan from our healthy meal plans page archives.  Also, grab the blank meal planning chart to make your own!

written by
Amy Roskelley

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Great birthday ideas!! We have a birthday coming up and it is nice to get ideas for healthy food for diet conscious parents like me. I love the pancake bar idea!

Danette says:

We do a New Year’s Day party for the kids and their friends since they are really too little to successfully stay up, and I love the idea of a pancake bar for that! Yum!

Applepie says:

Wow, been looking for something like this. Wanna let the kids to eat something healthy for a change.

Great birthday idea! Kids actually don’t eat much on parties, they prefer to play and have fun. Finger food are perfect for this kind of party. You can also try dipping fruits in toothpick into frozen yogurt. Yum!

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