Party Recipes by Color

Red, orange, yellow, blue and other colorful foods to fit party themes

Purple party cake.

Looking for red food recipes, blue drink concoctions or purple snack ideas to fit a holiday or birthday theme? Your search is over. The list below of recipes by color will help you plan a colorful kids party.

So, whether you're planning a pink princess party or you need red, white or blue ideas for a Fourth of July menu, use this guide to plan your next color-coordinated bash.

Red Foods

For Valentine's Day, a superhero bash and beyond, red food makes a bold statement. Here are some red food recipes and ideas:

  • Strawberries, raspberries, apples, watermelon and cherries.
  • A tea sandwich made with butter and raspberry or strawberry jam. Use a small cookie cutter to punch out a window in the top layer of bread to reveal a bit more of the red jam.
  • Red bell pepper, sliced and served with dip.
  • Two iced teas to try: Strawberry Sencha Fresca and watermelon tea.
  • Strawberry recipes, including strawberry smoothies and strawberry shortcake.
  • Red velvet cake or red velvet cupcakes.
  • Red velvet cake pops.
  • Candy apples.
  • Red licorice.
  • Spaghetti topped with red sauce,
  • Red Jell-O.
  • Red frosting on cupcakes, cookies, cake, petit fours or donuts.
  • Candy canes.
  • Strawberry smoothies.
  • Cranberry Cool Whip dessert.

Pink Food

For a party that's pretty in pink, check out these blushing food options:

Orange Food

Orange you glad you're throwing a party with an orange color scheme? Whether you're celebrating Halloween or a birthday for an orange-loving kid (check out this beautiful orange kite party), consider these ideas:

Yellow Food

Yellow is such a happy color. Using it on your food table will add sunshine to any party.

Green Food

Most people think of green food on St. Patrick's Day, but you could also serve a green menu at a "go-green" party for a budding environmentalist or at a child's Incredible Hulk birthday bash. Here are some menu options:

Blue Food

Blue might be the color of your child's favorite sports team or you could be combining blue foods with red ones for a superhero party. Whatever your reason, these recipes will have you feeling blue (in a good way):

  • Blueberries by themselves or in a blueberry recipe, such as blueberry pie, blueberry muffins or blueberry smoothies.
  • Lemon-blueberry smoothies.
  • Blueberry popsicles.
  • Cotton candy.
  • Blue Jell-O.
  • Blue gummy shark candies.

Purple Food

How delightful would a food table filled with these purple treats be?

White Food

A winter wonderland or snow-themed party might be just the place to serve up some of this light-colored fare. 

Brown Food

Brown food can be used to accompany another color, such as pastel pink or blue at a baby's first birthday party. Use brown foods with white and black ones at a Star Wars or other typically masculine-themed party.

Black Food

Black food is perfect on Halloween or combined with another color at a classy sweet 16 party. Although it's difficult to find foods that are truly black, some of these dark-brown recipes will work just as well.

  • Black bean dip.
  • Brownies.
  • Chocolate cake.
  • Dirt dessert.
  • Oreo cookies.
  • Black licorice.
  • Black-licorice ice cream.
  • Sandwiches made on pumpernickel bread.
  • Black olives.
  • Chocolate fudge truffles.

Black-and-White Food

"Black and white" can be a party theme itself. These recipes will complement your high-contrast decorations, invitations and more.

Red, White and Blue Food

A Fourth of July party menu isn't complete without some red, white and blue foods. If you're French, you'll want to save these ideas for Bastille Day, too. And is your family cheering on a red, white and blue team during the Super Bowl or other sports event? This food spread ought to provide a dose of good luck.

  • Strawberries dipped in cream cheese and rolled in blue and white sprinkles. (Dipping the strawberries in melted chocolate would produce the same effect.)
  • 4th of July cupcakes.
  • Fruity flag cake.
  • Red, white and blue Jell-O.
  • Independence Day ice cubes
  • Red, white and blue frosting on cupcakes, cookies, cake, petit fours or donuts.
  • Crunch brand candy bars, when left in the wrapper.

Sometimes, you need a whole rainbow of colored foods. If you're hosting a rainbow party, either combine some of the ideas above, serve these vibrant sugared skulls from's Guide to Mexican Food, or hit the candy aisle. Starburst, Skittles and other multi-colored sweet treats will cover all the colors in one bag.

For all of the listed color choices, cakes and cupcakes can also be frosted with tinted frosting to match your theme. 

Updated by Christine Gauvreau