The best way to serve fruit at a party with kids

When I'm having lots of children at my house, such as for my son's baseball team pool party, fruit is always on the menu. In the past, I've served it various ways, from fruit salads to fruits on a skewer. They look great, but the trouble is that lots of kids don't eat every fruit. As a result, I'd find pieces of various abandoned fruits on plates as as I cleaned up -- what a waste!

I've decided that the best way to serve fruit for a cookout with children is a nice platter of seasonal fruits with a dip on the side. Not only does this result in less waste, it's also quicker to prepare. I do wedges of watermelons, grapes cut into little bunches, strawberries with the stems attached, and so on.

Here's an easy, basic, creamy fruit dip that I've served a few times. I like it best with tart fruits, like strawberries, pineapples, and tart apples.

Creamy Fruit Dip
Adapted from a recipe on

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese (low-fat is ok), softened
1/2 cup sour cream (light is ok), for topping
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup whipped cream (I've used Cool Whip, Light Cool Whip, and the stuff that squirts out of the can. It all works.)

In a mixer bowl, use an electric mixer to whip the cream cheese until fluffy. Add the sour cream, sugars, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth. Fold in the whipped cream. Serve immediately or chill for later.


Susan from Food Blogga said...

I like your choice-- it's easy to make and easy to eat. Kebabs are fun, but then it's harder for the little ones to eat.

Prudy said...

Great idea! I love a good fruit dip myself. I'm thinking of doing make it yourself skewers for the kids for an upcoming party we're hosting. I'll let you know how it works out.

Emily said...

I love fruit and fruit dip. My mom made a dip similar to this, when I was growing up. She would always take it to classroom parties in school.

Veronica said...

I love fruit and dip and so do my kids-they really like the vanilla pudding/cool whip/cream cheese dip-although it sort of negates the whole "I'm serving healthy fruit" thing, but it sure is tasty!

RecipeGirl said...

What a great, fun idea!

Aggie said...

You are so right! This is a great way to serve the kiddies...I will have to try this next time.

Just found your blog when searching for Cooking Light recipes...I'll be back to visit! ;)