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.
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.
For a party that's pretty in pink, check out these blushing food options:
- Pink grapefruit.
- Pink lemonade.
- Raspberry Cool Whip Jell-O mold.
- Strawberry marshmallows.
- Strawberry jam truffles.
- Salmon (yes, some kids love it).
- Peppermint or strawberry ice cream.
- Cotton candy.
- Jingle Bell Juice
- Strawberry milk.
- Pink Jell-O.
- Fresh strawberry cupcakes.
- Peppermint Hershey Kiss cookies.
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:
- Orange slices.
- Orange bell peppers, sliced and served with dip.
- Clementine-chai sorbet
- Mashed sweet potatoes and carrots.
- Baby carrots with dip.
- Macaroni and cheese.
- Pumpkin muffins.
- Orange creamsicle smoothie.
- Orange Jell-O.
- Candy corns.
- Carrot-cake cupcakes.
- Orange cake.
- Peach pie.
- Pumpkin whoopie pies.
- Pumpkin tiramisu.
- Sweet-potato ice cream.
- Orange slice candies.
Yellow is such a happy color. Using it on your food table will add sunshine to any party.
- Yellow bell pepper, sliced and served with dip.
- Yellow raspberries.
- Yellow apples.
- Sunrise smoothies.
- Banana smoothie.
- Lemon bars.
- Lemon chews.
- Corn on the cob or corn casserole.
- Yellow Jell-O.
- Lemon pudding cake.
- Lemon drop hard candies.
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:
- Celery sticks or broccoli with dip.
- Green smoothies.
- Pea salad with bacon.
- Mint brownies.
- Green cupcakes.
- Grasshopper pie.
- Green popcorn.
- Green Jell-O.
- Green apples.
- Mint ice cream.
- Hot spinach dip.
- Watergate salad.
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.
How delightful would a food table filled with these purple treats be?
A winter wonderland or snow-themed party might be just the place to serve up some of this light-colored fare.
- Crispy rice-cereal treats.
- Coconut-covered snowball cake
- Peppermint marshmallows.
- Almost any coconut recipe.
- Mashed potatoes, including snowman mashed potatoes.
- Anything covered in whipped cream.
- Coconut cream pie.
- Vanilla ice cream.
- White frosting on cupcakes, cookies, cake, petit fours or donuts.
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.
- Real hot chocolate.
- Spiced apple cider.
- Chocolate milkshakes.
- Soft pretzels.
- Chocolate-hazelnut spread on toast, also known as homemade Nutella.
- Chocolate cake.
- Chocolate milk.
- Tootsie Roll candies.
- Chocolate tres leches cake.
- Chocolate pudding pie.
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.
- 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" can be a party theme itself. These recipes will complement your high-contrast decorations, invitations and more.
- Whoopie pies.
- Black-bottom cupcakes.
- Oreo cookies.
- Chocolate crackle cookies.
- Tuxedo brownie Hugs cookies.
- Chocolate cupcakes with white frosting.
- Chocolate fudge truffles, rolled in white sprinkles instead of chocolate ones.
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 About.com'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