Helping your child plan a party for a birthday or other happy occasion is a fun way to spend some time together. When it comes to kids and teens, the most memorable part of a party is usually the food and beverage selection. After you decide on the date and send out the party invitations, it’s time to plan the menu for the big day.
Keeping party food fun and delicious is key to pleasing the masses at kid and teen parties. Instead of the standard soda or juice, get creative with your drinks by serving some tasty mocktails, which is another word for alcohol-free beverage concoctions. Kids love any opportunity to appear just a little more grown up, particularly when it comes to parties. Our party experts have come up with some delicious drinks sure to please your little party posse. Get inspired by these mocktail recipes and make your child’s bash a hit. Don’t forget to serve the drinks in fun and festive glasses!
Kids Party Drink Recipes
2 46 oz. cans pineapple juice
1 liter lemon lime soda
1 4 oz. package raspberry drink mix powder
Combine ingredients and serve over ice. Serves 15.
20 oz. pineapple chunks, in juice
46 oz. pineapple juice
3 c. orange juice
1/2 c. lemon juice
1 quart ginger ale
1 pint strawberries, stemmed and halved
Pour pineapple chunks and juice into ice cube trays and freeze. Chill remaining ingredients. Combine frozen pineapple chunks, juices and ginger ale in large punch bowl. Add strawberries to punch.
Tropical Kiwi Party Punch
24 oz. pina colada mix
4 kiwis, peeled and sliced
2 bananas, sliced
3 12 oz. cans cold ginger ale
Vanilla ice cream to taste
In a blender, combine the pina colada mix, kiwi and banana. Mix until smooth. Freeze the mixture for one hour. Pour into 12-15 glasses, dividing evenly, and top with a small scoop of ice cream. Pour chilled ginger ale over ice cream to fill glass. Serve immediately.
Raspberry Mint Punch
5 c. raspberry juice, chilled
1 6 oz. can frozen limeade, thawed
5 c. pineapple juice, chilled
2 limes, sliced
2 Tbsp. mint extract
Fresh mint leaves
Combine all ingredients in punch bowl and garnish with fresh mint leaves. Serves 14.
Potluck Party Punch
Include a list of punch ingredients on your invitations and have each party goer bring one item. Try frozen juice concentrates, club soda, fresh or frozen fruits and ice for a basic fruity punch. Get creative with other add-ins like rainbow sherbet or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Make sure all the items on the list will go together well before you send out your invites! On the day of the party, use a large punch bowl or bucket and let each guest add their own contribution to the brew for added entertainment and participation.
If your teenager or “tween” is hosting a party, consider serving one of these mocktails for a slightly more grown-up vibe.
Combine and serve in champagne glasses
Spa Day Mocktail
1 fresh lime wedge
1/2 cup fresh watermelon juice
1/4 cup sparkling apple cider
1/4 cup cold green tea
fresh mint sprigs
1/3 cup crushed ice
Squeeze lime into cocktail shaker and add peel. Add remaining ingredients and shake. Pour into glass. Garnish with a slice of lime and sprig of mint.
Place ice cubes in glass, blend iced tea with lemonade and serve.
Once you’ve decided on the drinks to serve at your child’s party, check out all of PurpleTrail’s party food ideas. And remember, these delicious drinks aren’t just for kids!