Foods for a 1-Year-Old's Birthday Party

by Stacy Hensley
Simple foods are a good choice for a 1-year-old's birthday party.

Simple foods are a good choice for a 1-year-old's birthday party.

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The first birthday is usually a big event to parents and other family members. One-year-olds don't usually like having strangers around, so keeping the guest list to family and close friends will probably make the little one more comfortable at a first birthday party. Toddlers enjoy foods that they can carry around while they are playing. Let's face it, being still to eat is not a normal occurrence for most 1-year-olds. This still allows plenty of options that will satisfy the toddlers and adults at the 1-year-old's birthday party.

Finger Foods

Not all 1-year-olds have teeth, so offering soft foods is a must. Sandwiches with cheese spread are soft options that will be appetizing for kids and adults. Make gelatin and cut out different fun shapes using cookie cutters. Break graham crackers or rice cakes into small bite-sized pieces and have some small servings of chocolate, caramel or other flavors of sauce for dipping. Other finger foods for a 1-year-old's birthday party can include cheese puffs, crackers, dry cereal and cookies.

Healthier Snacks

There are healthier food options available for a 1-year-old's birthday party. Cut up pieces of soft ripe fruit like a banana, peach, cantaloupe or seedless watermelon. Peel and pit each fruit before serving. Another healthy option is cooked vegetables like carrots, potatoes or sweet potatoes. Many kids like yogurt cups; set out a variety of flavors.


At 1, most kids will want milk, water or fruit juice. Having a good selection of fruit juices available will give the other young guests a variety of drink options. Soy milk may also be a good choice for the kids that can't drink whole milk. Soft drinks, tea and coffee can be served to the adults at the party.

Birthday Treats

Most parents try to limit the sweets at this age, but it is a birthday party so some form of birthday cake or cupcake is common. Kids like to get messy at this age so a fun idea is to let them help decorate an individual-size birthday cookie or mini cupcake.


Have separate tables for the adult and toddler foods. Put the food for the little ones on a small table that is easy for them to access. Be aware of any food allergies that the guests may have and plan accordingly. Nothing ruins a birthday party quicker than someone having an allergic reaction. Keep any foods that could be a choking hazard, such as grapes or hot dogs, out of reach of the toddlers at the birthday party.

About the Author

Located in the mountains of East Tennessee, Stacy Hensley has been writing online articles about web development, autism and ADHD special education, parenting, and health-related topics for 3 years. She studied computer-related courses at Northeast State Community College.

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