Healthy Celebrations

It has been my practice at Country Fun to not have any major celebrations around holidays and birthdays. This practice is the best way I know to honor the diversity of the values/customs/practices of families in care.

In honoring family traditions, I have always allowed individual families to offer a simple celebration on birthdays and some holidays as they have requested. Usually this has been to bring in a food treat for sharing as one of our snacks. Following are suggestions for families that wish to provide a healthy celebration for sharing on their child’s special day.

* Currently there are dairy and food dye allergies in the program.  Labels on purchased food sources need to be carefully read. Please check with me before bringing a special celebration snack to be shared with the whole group.

Healthy Celebration Snack Food Ideas:

  • Fruit smoothies (blend berries, bananas and pineapple)
  • Fresh fruit assortment, fruit and cheese kabobs, fruit salad, fruit with low-fat whipped topping
  • Dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, apricots, banana chips), 100% fruit snacks
  • Vegetable trays with low-fat dip
  • Whole-grain crackers with cheese cubes, string cheese or hummus
  • Waffles or pancakes topped with fruit
  • Pretzels, low-fat popcorn, rice cakes, breadsticks, graham crackers and animal crackers
  • Angel food cake, plain or topped with fruit
  • Bagel slices with jam, fruit or grain muffin (low-fat), whole wheat English muffin, hot pretzels
  • Pizza with low-fat toppings (vegetables, lean ham, Canadian bacon), pizza dippers with marinara sauce
  • Ham, cheese or turkey wrap pinwheels (with low-fat condiments)
  • Low-fat pudding, low-fat yogurt, squeezable yogurt, yogurt smoothies, yogurt parfaits or banana splits (yogurt and fruit topped with cereal, granola (nut free) or crushed graham crackers)
  • Quesadillas or bean burrito with salsa
  • Low-fat breakfast or granola (peanut and nut free) bars
  • Low-fat tortilla chips with salsa or bean dip
  • Trail/cereal mix (whole-grain, low-sugar cereals mixed with dried fruit, pretzels, etc. – No peanuts or nuts)

Non-Food Ideas:

  • Piñata with toys
  • Purchase a book for the programs library in the birthday child’s name, or send in a couple of special books from home or local library to be read at storytime
  • Send in a special video/dvd to share
  • Provide materials for a creative experience in art or music
  • Provide materials for special party games or activities