Ideas for healthful classroom parties:
Shift the focus from food to fun.
Limit each party to one junk-food item.
Have a scavenger hunt with nonfood items.
Provide extra recess.
Host craft and activity stations that don’t include decorating a cupcake or cookie.
Conduct party games with nonfood prizes.
Have a dance party.
Read a book.
Restrict food dyes, high-fructose corn syrup, chemicals and additives.
Serve snacks with fun plates, napkins, cups or straws.
Use cookie cutters to make sandwiches and other snacks more interesting.
Smart party snacks:
Fruit smoothies (whip them up on-site)
Trail mix (parents bring the ingredients and kids make their own)
Bananas and strawberries with chocolate dip
Yogurt parfaits with granola and fruit
Angel food cake topped with fruit
Berries with whipped cream
Lower-sugar, lower-fat popcorn
Cupcakes without frosting
Adapted from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (www.cspinet.org).