Food Ideas for 16th Birthday Party?

I am looking for food ideas (other then pizza) for a girls 16th birthday party. It's going to be held at an indoor pool. There will be about 6 to 8 teenagers and some adults. Any ideas on activities would be appreciated too.


Hilda from Hagerstown, MD

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By Becky, Wichita Falls, TX (Guest Post)
November 25, 20080 found this helpful

Dipping foods - veggies in cheese, chicken bites in BBQ sauce, fruit in cream cheese sauce, apples in caramel. My daughter loves this kind of stuff.

November 25, 20080 found this helpful

A quick, easy, portable food that will feed many is Hamburger Bar-B-Que. (For those that don't know, it is cooked hamburger in a sauce of tomato sauce, brown sugar, spices, served on hamburger rolls, a sandwich). You can make it a day or so ahead.


Heat it before leaving home & put it in a crock pot to keep warm at the party. This goes great w/ all sorts of "picnic" side dishes. Another similar idea is pulled pork sandwiches. I'm sure you can find recipes online.

By dsbaby14. (Guest Post)
November 26, 20080 found this helpful

Pigs and the blankets and pizza bites are great for kids.

By michelle (Guest Post)
November 28, 20080 found this helpful

Make fruit kebabs, you can anything on the kebabs depending how health serious they are. Marshmallows? Are they having a BBQ?

By m (Guest Post)
December 26, 20080 found this helpful

What I would do is have a 'theme' for your food at your party it makes it way easier to prepare and organize(ex- for a Hawaiian theme, you can do fruit kabobs or coconut shrimp). If you pick a theme, let us know and I'm sure we can help you with more ideas. Have fun=)) -m

December 31, 20080 found this helpful

A Hawaiian theme is great, because so many different types of foods are eaten in Hawaii. When I lived there, the big thing was the pupu (hors d'oeuvre) platter. There would be popcorn shrimp, bacon-wrapped shrimp, or coconut shrimp. There would be a little cracker with a square of cheese and a circle of ham. (This was obviously before I kept kosher.) There would be little prosciutto-wrapped melon, a little teeny piece of shortcake under a dab of whipped cream and a strawberry, a slice of roasted pineapple under a wedge of grilled tuna. There would be taquitos, pizza bites, pan-fried ravioli. There would be flavors of Asia, Mexico, Portugal. There would be little cups or seashells full of poi, a starchy, purple pudding made from taro root, and eaten with the fingers or sipped from the seashells almost like raw oysters (and sometimes raw oysters would be there too). Fried or grilled seafood, fruit, meat, and vegetables were king.


Basically, if it was bite-sized, it was on the platter, right next to everything else, and it was all good. Finger foods are perfect for a pool party because you just reach for the tray, pick something, and then jump back in the pool once you've swallowed.

Of course, if you're looking for a sit-down course, there's always saimin. Long, curly Asian noodles in a broth made from bonito flakes, garnished with a thin wedge of Spam, a circle of fish cake, and a sprinkling of chopped scallions, and sometimes with a bit of boiled egg and/or sliced pork or chicken.

More about saimin:

Image of Saimin (the pink and white spiral is the fish cake):

Once they've had their saimin, give them something to do for at least twenty minutes, then let them at the pool. They'll come back for pupus when they're ready.

December 31, 20080 found this helpful

Thanks everyone for your ideas. We went with a semi-Hawaiian theme. Fruit kabobs were a big hit because all the girls are so weight conscience even some of the young men. Teriyaki chicken kabobs. Cup cakes arranged in the number 16, instead of a traditional birthday cake.


That way no extra plates or forks needed and they could grab them, go and wander around the pool. Good time had by all. Thanks again!


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