Party Recipes by Color

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

Overhead shot of pastel colored desserts

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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 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.

Finished English trifle
 The Spruce

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:

unicorn hot chocolate
 Leah Maroney

Pink Food

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

Classic Pumpkin Cream-Cheese Roll Cake
Diana Rattray

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:

frosted lemonade
Leah Maroney 

Yellow Food

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

avocado toast
 Leah Maroney

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:

blueberry cream cheese breakfast braid
Leah Maroney

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, blueberry smoothies or this beautiful blueberry breakfast braid.
  • Blueberry popsicles.
  • Cotton candy.
  • Blue gummy shark candies.
Acai Smoothie Recipe
 Elaine Lemm

Purple Food

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

Basic Marshmallows
Elizabeth LaBau

White Food

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

pots de creme
 Leah Maroney

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 Vodka Recipe
 The Spruce

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.

cookies and cream bark
 Elizabeth LaBau

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 Cake Truffles
Elizabeth LaBau

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.


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, 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.