End of year school party plate ideas

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

As the school year winds down, kids are often asked to ‘bring a plate’ for the end-of-year party. Whether you’ve got time to cook or you just need a quick fix, here are some ideas.

My kids often had an end-of-year school party in the last week of school. Families were asked bring a plate from home to share. It can be hard to think of something that’s easy to prepare during the week and that the kids will enjoy. Here are some ideas (whether you’ve got time to cook or not!)

yep, I’ve got time to make something…

If you’ve got time to prepare a plate the night before or before school, here are some great ideas.

rainbow lamingtons

Rainbow lamingtons can be served pre-cut with the colours on show, or surprise kids with the burst of colour inside.

jam and cream muffins

Jam and cream muffins are so yummy! A container of these will be gone super fast.

fruit kebabs

Just a bit fancier than a fruit platter, these fruit kebabs are an eye-catching way to serve something healthy at the break up party. (I’d suggest sending to school without the yoghurt to avoid mess!)

freckle sandwiches

Add a fancy touch to a plate of jam sandwiches! Freckle Sandwiches look gorgeous and are easy to make. Leave the Nutella out though as most schools are nut-free.

old-school finger buns

Whip up some of these old-style pink-iced finger buns – they’ll be novel for the kids and nostalgic for some of the teachers.

christmas cookies

Bring some festive spirit to the party table with these delicious and easy Christmas cookies.

sausage rolls

It’s nice to bring a savoury option so the kids get something substantial as well as all the sweet treats! Sausage rolls are always a popular option.

cheese and bacon mini quiches

These yummy little cheese and bacon mini quiches are the perfect bit size for kids and are always a hit.

hawaiian pizza pops

It’s so much more fun to eat food on a stick! Yummy and appealing, Hawaiian party pops won’t last long on the table.

Kat’s tip
Remember that every kid is bringing food so you don’t need to send in a huge amount.

help! I don’t have time!

here’s the quick fix…

If you’re already overloaded with end-of-year tasks, here are some of the fastest, easiest ‘bring a plate’ ideas for busy working parents –

– cheese and crackers

– fairy bread

– chips and dip

– store-bought donuts

– watermelon cut up

– popcorn

– fruit platter

– plate of Vegemite sandwiches

– croissants with ham and cheese

– grazing platter with pretzels, cheese cubes, dip, crackers and carrot sticks

Now all you have to do is add your ingredients to your shopping list and you’re all sorted to bring a plate for the end-of-year school party. Tick that off your list!


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