A birthday is a special occasion that calls for a big celebration! One of the best ways to celebrate is with delicious food and tasty beverages. You know - the things you don’t get to eat and drink on a day-to-day basis! Whether you’re planning a small gathering or a huge bash, it’s important to choose the best foods and drinks to make your event a success. 

Here are five must-have foods and beverages you’ll want to consider for your birthday celebration. 

1. Finger Foods

Finger foods are a great option for a birthday party. They’re easy to prepare and serve, and guests can snack on them throughout the party. We highly recommend serving finger foods if you prefer a more relaxed environment where guests can help themselves when they’re hungry. Plus, cleanup for finger foods is easy.

Some of the best options for party food include:

  • Mini pizzas
  • Bruschetta
  • Chips and dip
  • Cocktail sausages
  • Mini quiches
  • Chicken wings
  • Vegetables and dip

2. Sweet Treats

No birthday celebration is complete without sweet treats! It’s your decision on how you want to serve these sweet treats. You can set up a sweets table where guests can snack on small bites of cheesecake, chocolate-covered strawberries and brownies, or you can fill glass jars with assorted candies. This works similar to serving finger foods where guests can eat as they please.

You can also serve dessert after your meal, especially if you plan to sing happy birthday with a cake or cupcakes. Since not everyone likes cake, it’s nice to have other options on the table, even if it’s just fruit and cream cheese dip.

3. Seasonal Drinks

The types of drinks you serve depend on the party you are having. If it’s fun and casual, you can fill up a cooler with juice boxes, pop, beer, wine coolers and seltzers. If your party is more formal, you may prefer to serve wine and champagne.

The time of year also makes a difference. Spiked eggnog or apple cider are tasty additions to a winter birthday celebration, while margaritas and sangria work well for summer birthdays.

4. Charcuterie Board

Whether you plan to serve finger foods or one large meal, a charcuterie board fits in well either way. It’s a great way to serve a variety of foods when your guests arrive - and it will surely be a conversation starter! People love trying samples of different meats, cheeses, olives, pickles and crackers. And with literally all different types of charcuterie boards, the possibilities are endless! Here are some examples:

  • Fruit board
  • Brunch or breakfast board
  • Tapas board
  • Meat and cheese platter
  • Smoked salmon platter
  • Chocolate or s’more board
  • Dessert board

5. Pizza

Pizza comes in so many different varieties, it’s easy to pick something that fits with your birthday celebration. You can always order a bunch of pizzas with different toppings or choose to make your own using unique ingredients like prosciutto, arugula and balsamic dressing. Flatbread pizza is also a huge hit, and you can cut it up into small pieces and serve along with your finger foods!

The best birthdays are the ones with good food, good drinks and great company! La Rosa Chicken and Grill can cater your party or supply a hot pan of chicken wings or chicken strips, along with our fresh salads and sides. We know how to make birthdays memorable!

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