Having a party and gift exchange is a fun way for kids to celebrate Christmas with their teacher and friends. If you’ve volunteered to organize and run the party, you might be feeling overwhelmed at how much work it is. Instead of doing all the work yourself, plan the menu and assign simple recipes to several parents willing to help. This way the class can enjoy several nibbles during the party and you won’t be so stressed out that you can’t have fun with your child.
Chips and dip are easy to serve and most kids gobble them right up. Serve bowls of potato and corn chips along with a few dips. This way everyone will find something they like, but no one will have to spend much time cooking. Guacamole and mild tomato salsa work well for corn chips. Stir some dill, garlic, salt, and pepper into sour cream or mix a packet of dry ranch dressing into a container of sour cream for potato chips. Make sure you bring a spoon for each type of dip to contain the mess and keep them from getting mixed together.
There are so many types of sandwiches that kids will eat and so many simple recipes for making them. Serving them at a Christmas party is an easy and fun way to cater to little kids’ tastes without having to spend hours in the kitchen whipping up snacks. You can’t go wrong with peanut butter and jelly, but turkey and American cheese, cucumbers and tomatoes with cream cheese, peanut butter and banana, tuna, ham and Swiss cheese and shredded chicken with ranch are other yummy options. Use Christmas shaped cookie cutters to shape them into festive sandwiches that will please the kids and make them more fun to eat.
Popcorn is easy and fast to make and most kids will eat it. It’s also versatile so you can doctor it up and make it holiday worthy for your child’s classroom Christmas party. Instead of seasoning it with salt, try shaking on cinnamon and sugar or mix the kernels with Christmas colored M&Ms and drizzle with chocolate sauce. Make sure you have plenty of napkins on hand because this simple recipe could get messy.
Mini bagels are the perfect size for small hands and appetites.. Cut the bagels in half, toast them and spread each half with pizza sauce. Sprinkle on chopped pepperoni, black olives, and mozzarella cheese and bake until the cheese melts. Another fun way to serve this simple recipe is to make the pizzas look like tiny Christmas wreaths. Use chopped green peppers to make the pine needles and tiny pieces of pepperoni to make the holly berries. Put the cheese underneath so you don’t cover up the decorations.
Don’t forget to bring along plenty of napkins, plates, and silverware. This way the kids can serve up their snacks and sit down at their desks to eat. It also cuts down on double dipping and messes on the carpet.