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Any one of you that has children has hosted a movie night, video game night, or a sliding party at some point in your child’s lives. And guaranteed, when it came time to feed the crowd you either scrambled to find something, pulled out the snacks you spent hours prepping, or hauled everyone to the nearest ice cream joint.
Let me help.
Over the many years of youth leadership, public library roles, camping programs, and children’s teacher jobs (never mind the parenting) Lanet & I have had, we’ve learned a little something-something about feeding a crowd.
Top tip: Make your meal interactive.
We are big fans of make-it-yourself meals and build-your-own bars. This Snack Mix Bar is one of my favorites for my teenager and her friends. It allows them to choose what they like, what fits their dietary needs, and allows me to give them healthy options in a sneaky way.
Creating a Snack Mix bar is very simple and easy. Head to the bulk section of your grocer and grab nuts, dried fruit, corn nuts, chocolate bits, and whatever looks appealing. Stop off and grab some fruit snacks, maybe veggie chips, and definitely Goldfish Puffs. While we love all Goldfish, we’re especially fans of Goldfish Puffs because they’re gluten-free. This fits more dietary needs (including ours!) and make a great addition to the snack combo.
Tip: Mix in a few more expensive snacks, but keep the majority inexpensive. Your guests will be so busy enjoying the snack mix bar they won’t notice that you didn’t spend a fortune on the ingredients.
- Snack Mix Ingredient ideas:
- dried fruit
- fruit snacks
- chocolate chips
- coconut chips
- small crackers
Use whatever containers you can find–no need to be fancy. I love using using egg cartons, fruit baskets, and even small pitchers to hold goodies, but brown lunch bags rolled down at the top and jazzed up with black markers is my simple, fun, and inexpensive option whenever I’m in doubt or struggling to find appropriate containers.
A set of measuring spoons works great for scooping. And I keep it simple with disposable cups for holding the individually created snack mix, or upgrade to treat bags when I remember to pick some up.
Now, when it’s time for you to pull out the snacks at the next get-together you will be more than prepared because you know how to build an EPIC snack bar. You’ll be prepared, have a great snack, AND be the cool mom. Bonus points for healthy treats! Bonus Bonus points for cool treat bags!
Moral of the story: a Snack Mix bar is your entertaining go-to plan for teens. And children. And frankly, adults (just keep those ingredients on the grown-up side).
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