Teen Party Food

Cheryl Cirelli

There are a wide variety of teen party food ideas to consider for your next bash.

About Parties for Teens

Teens love getting together with friends no matter what the occasion. Whether it is for an intimate gathering or a huge celebration, there are many ways to throw a party that any teen will enjoy. Some reasons to throw a teen party can include the following:

  • Birthdays such as a Sweet 16
  • Graduation or end of the school year
  • Friendly get-together for no specific reason
  • Holidays such as Halloween

Parties can range from simple to elaborate. Some require months of extensive planning while others can be thrown together at the last minute. A good way to organize your teen's party is to center it around a specific theme. Some themes to consider include:

  • Slumber party
  • Movie night
  • Pool party
  • Mexican fiesta
  • Luau

When planning the party, take a few things into consideration. The number of guests, time of year, location and the teen's interests are all important aspects to consider.

Teen Party Food Ideas

Once you have decided on the type of party you are planning for your teen, the next step is setting a menu and deciding on what food will be served. Teens love to grab items and keep going on with what they are involved in. Choose simple items that are easy to serve and do not require much work to prepare.

One idea to consider is to set out several different party trays and let the teens choose what they want to eat. Some ideas include:

  • Fruit trays consisting of strawberries, melon, pineapple, apples and grapes served with a fruit dip
  • Veggie tray with ranch dip
  • Chips and salsa
  • Cheese and crackers

Dips such as spinach or buffalo chicken dip are always a hit. Try this simple recipe for an easy spinach dip:

  • Combine1 box of frozen spinach that has been thawed and well drained, 1 16-ounce container of sour cream, 1 cup of mayonnaise, 1 can of water chestnuts and 1 packet of dry ranch dressing.
  • Mix well and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
  • Serve with pita chips, carrots and celery sticks.

All teens love pizza. Either order out or make your own at home. Pizzas can be made on english muffins or mini bagels. Let the teens choose their own toppings and create their own personal pizzas.

A taco bar is a great idea for a party. Set out tacos and wraps, chips, salsa, guacamole, sour cream, cheese, olives, shredded chicken and ground beef. Teen will enjoy making their own tacos and having a fiesta.

Another favorite among teens is wings. Serve them with celery and ranch dressing for dipping. Serve several varieties such as hot, barbeque and honey.

The last food to consider for the party is the desserts. There is no need to slave over desserts when there are simple options available. Serve some of the following sweet treats at the party:

  • Brownies
  • Ice cream - Make your own sundaes with toppings such as hot fudge, whipped cream, nuts, crushed cookies and sprinkles.
  • Cupcakes
  • Cookies

Go With The Theme

The theme of the party can dictate what foods will be served. For example, if you decide on a movie night party, the food can be kept simple. Plenty of popcorn and hotdogs will suffice. Serve soft drinks and movie time candy as well.

For a pool party, serve items that can be eaten by hand and do not require much clean up. The purpose of this type of party is to enjoy the outdoors. Some foods to serve include:

  • Virgin daiquiris
  • Bottled water
  • Fruit kabobs
  • Pretzels
  • Burgers
  • Sandwiches

Final Thoughts

There are endless teen party food choices to consider for your next celebration. Be creative with your choices and serve the food in a pleasing manner. Presentation can add interest to the foods being served and make the food more attractive to the teens.

Teen Party Food