To make a kids’ party mix, combine 1 cup each of Kix cereal, miniature marshmallows, goldfish crackers and chocolate Teddy bear graham crackers. Add 2/3 cup each of M & M’s and raisins or craisins, and divide between six to eight treat bags.
Salad on a stick is a healthy, fun snack for older children. On a platter, arrange deli salami cut into bit-sized chunks and assorted vegetables including 1-inch green and red bell pepper pieces, 1-inch celery pieces, grape tomatoes and small zucchini cut into fourths lengthwise, then cubed. For the veggie dip combine 1/2 cup of milk with one 5.4-ounce container of garlic and herb flavored soft cheese and salt and pepper to taste. Serve with one bamboo skewer per child so that each can create their own “salad" by stacking up a mouthful at a time to dip into the dressing and eat without any double dipping.
To make kid-sized mini pizzas, roll out prepared pizza dough on a lightly floured surface and cut into 24 circles using a 3-inch diameter glass or cookie cutter. On 12 of the circles, use 3 tablespoons of store-bought pesto, 2 ounces of sliced salami cut into strips, 6 pitted, halved black olives and 2 ounces of thinly sliced mozzarella. On the other 12 rounds, spread 3 tablespoons of sun-dried tomato paste and add 2 ounces of mozzarella cut into small slices and a sprinkle of dried basil. Brush each pizza with olive oil, place all 24 on 2 lightly oiled baking sheets, cover loosely and allow them to rise for 20 minutes. Bake for up to 24 hours in advance at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for about 12 to 15 minutes until the pizzas are golden brown. Reheat the pizzas at party time.