Kids' Party Crowd-Pleasers

Please even the smallest food critics next time you're hosting a birthday party, sleepover or playdate, with these fun recipes from Food Network chefs.

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

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Photo By: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Fun Foods for Kids

Everyone will join the clean-plate club at your next kids' party when you serve up these fun, colorful, flavor-packed treats.

Semolina and Sun-Dried Tomato Waffle-Pizzas

No kid can resist waffles or pizzas, and Damaris manages to combine both of these crowd pleasers in one recipe. Grate some hard goat cheese or Parmesan into the waffle mix, then toss in a few diced sun-dried tomatoes for savory Italian flavor.

Get the Recipe: Semolina and Sun-Dried Tomato Waffle-Pizzas

Baked Macaroni and Cheese Cupcakes

Giada puts a fun twist on a classic dish by rolling two of children's favorite foods — cupcakes and macaroni and cheese — into one recipe. The kids will be so excited for "cupcakes," they won't even protest the veggies.

Get the Recipe: Baked Macaroni and Cheese Cupcakes

Carrot Fries with Lemon-Mint Dip

Light and crunchy, Giada's panko-breaded carrot fries put a fun spin on the classic, starchy potato version. The mint in the dipping sauce adds an element of sweetness that kids will love.

Get the Recipe: Carrot Fries with Lemon-Mint Dip

Sausage Pizza Cones

Take that slice to go! Made from crisp flour tortillas, these easy cones can be shaped ahead and filled just before serving.

Get the Recipe: Sausage Pizza Cones

Turkey and Spinach Taquitos

Turkey, spinach and mascarpone cheese come together as a satisfying filling for soft corn tortillas in this simple recipe. For authentic flair, serve Giada's cheesy taquitos with chunky salsa and fresh guacamole.  

Get the Recipe: Turkey and Spinach Taquitos

Cheesy Muffin Pizzas

Giada's hand-held pizzas are made for tiny hands, but the rich chicken, cheese and spinach filling will appeal to kids and adults alike. Use a prepared muffin tin to create the small, golden crusts.

Get the Recipe: Cheesy Muffin Pizzas

Chocolate-Chocolate Veggie Pancakes

Chock-full of carrots and fresh spinach, Melissa's veggie pancakes are a great way to get veggies onto the kids' breakfast plates. Thanks to the cocoa, honey and chocolate chips, they'll never know the difference.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate-Chocolate Veggie Pancakes

Raspberry Ice Cream Sodas

This eye-catching dessert will appeal to any sweet tooth. Fill old-fashioned ice cream soda glasses with raspberry sherbet and vanilla ice cream, then top each glass with a splash of club soda and some of Giada's easy homemade raspberry syrup.

Get the Recipe: Raspberry Ice Cream Sodas

The Sloppy Lo

Let the kids get their hands dirty by serving Jeff's sweet, tangy, meaty sauce on hearty whole-wheat rolls with bread-and-butter pickles. It's built like a traditional sloppy joe, but uses ground turkey instead of beef.

Get the Recipe: The Sloppy Lo

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