Five Make-Ahead Slow Cooker Recipe Ideas for Kids’ Birthday Parties

Posted on March 29, 2019

There are so many moving parts that come along with planning a child’s birthday party. One thing you don’t want to have to worry about if you don’t have to is frantically making food the morning of the party when there are plenty of other things you could be doing. Here are some ideas for food that you can make in a slow cooker to help make your birthday party preparation process easier.

Every kid loves ooey-gooey, extra cheesy macaroni and cheese. If you’re serving lunch at your child’s birthday party, this is an easy way to make a kid-pleasing dish without using up a ton of effort that could be better spent elsewhere. Slow cooker macaroni and cheese will be a perfect side dish that you know won’t go to waste. Cook your noodles like normal, then mix up the sauce component which includes butter, cheese, eggs, and other delicious ingredients. Stick it in you crock pot and then forget about it until it’s time to serve.

Another great idea for when you’re serving a meal is honey barbecue chicken sandwiches. Pop some chicken breasts, barbecue sauce, italian dressing, and brown sugar into your crock pot and let the chicken cook. Once it’s done cooking, all you have to do is shred the chicken with forks, pile up on buns, and serve to your hungry guests. Your kids will love the sweet barbecue flavors and you’ll love how easily you came up with the perfect birthday party meal idea.

Your slow cooker can do more than meals for your child’s birthday party. This snack mix recipe combines all your little one’s favorite things to munch on, like pretzels, Cheerios, and peanuts, and lets them all roast in your crock pot with some delicious seasonings. Have a big bowl of this out on your counter during your birthday party and it probably won’t last long.

For a delicious treat for winter birthday parties, serve up this slow cooker hot chocolate! This decadent drink combines chocolate chips, cocoa powder, milk, cream, vanilla, and sugar, and is of course topped with mini marshmallows to give it that extra touch of hot chocolate-y magic! Even if it’s not cold and snowy outside, your birthday guests will love this delicious drink.

If you’re looking for a dessert to go along with your birthday cake, or instead of, check out this crock pot monkey bread recipe. Kids love this sweet treat and will devour it when you set it out for them at your birthday party. The best part is that it’s super easy to make in your slow cooker before party time. Cinnamon rolls are your base for this sweet and delicious dessert that is perfect for kids’ birthday parties.