Most kids adore sweets, chips, choccies and cake, and they’ll eat themselves sick on these if you give them half a chance. But every mom knows what it’s like to cope with an exhausted, irritable child who has spent the whole afternoon snacking on party food. Would you like to offer your little guests fresh, unusual treats that won’t cost the earth? Here’s how to create a beautiful pick-and-mix yoghurt bar with a minimum of fuss. Other moms will thank you for providing healthier options – and the kids will love this interactive snack idea.

  • Cover a long table with a bright tablecloth or a few sheets of colourful paper.
  • If the kids are very small, create a low table by balancing a board or door on a few milk cartons or sturdy bricks.
  • Choose a variety of NutriDay yoghurts for your bar. Remember to include plenty of our plain low-fat yoghurt, plus different flavours of fruit and smooth yoghurt.
  • Decant the yoghurt into little bowls or glass jars. If you buy our 600 g tubs, you won’t need to do this – simply remove the lids so the kids can mix up their treats in these handy containers (and they can take the ‘leftovers’ home).
  • If you’d like to offer the kids tasty fruit smoothies, place a blender on the table (or nearby) so you can whizz these up to order. Cut up a variety of fresh fruit and use this, plus plain yoghurt, a little milk, and ice, to create instant smoothies.
  • Provide spoons, paper cups for smoothies, and bright paper serviettes.
  • Now lay out a selection of colourful, interesting toppings. Here are some suggestions:

    • berries such as strawberries, raspberries and blueberries
    • cubed fresh fruit in rainbow colours, such as melon, kiwifruit, pineapple, mango, grapes and pawpaw
    • coarsely chopped nuts: pecans or macadamias
    • chunky granola
    • dried fruit such as raisins or cranberries
    • crushed biscuits
    • chocolate chips or sprinkles
    • hundreds and thousands
    • edible cake glitter (we suggest YOU stay in charge of this, or it will get into everyone’s hair!)
  • How about adding some interesting ‘sauces’, such as honey, runny jam or puréed fresh strawberries?
  • When it’s time to eat, encourage the kids to get creative and decorate their jars or bowls of yoghurt with all the toppings you’ve laid out.
  • Now give yourself a pat on the back for throwing a party with a difference!