When looking for a healthier alternative to excessively sweet or salty fare, trail mix could be an excellent substitute. If you think that trail mix is a snooze of a snack to serve at a kid's birthday party, reconsider its potential. You can mix up a wide variety of foods and call it a trail mix. For a Dora the Explorer or safari-themed party, go for the traditional nuts, raisins and pretzels mix. If you have a tiny superstar to celebrate, toss together popcorn, peanuts and chocolate-covered raisins for a more cinematic interpretation. Cheese-flavored crackers, bagel chips, dried fruits, sesame sticks and candy-coated chocolate pieces are also yummy additions.
When picking the ingredients, get the birthday boy or girl involved. This is a great snack that can incorporate many favorite munchies and will include at least one item that all the guests enjoy. And since trail mixes often include nuts, don't forget to ask ahead about allergies.