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Food Ideas for an Alien-Themed Party
Greetings, Earthlings! If you are planning an alien-themed birthday or Halloween party and are looking for fun party food and snack ideas, you have stopped at the right place. All of these out-of-this-world recipes will please even the pickiest of party guests, and kids are sure to love these space-inspired green snacks.
In this article, you will find so many easy-to-make alien-inspired foods, including sandwiches, parfaits, chips and dip, cookies, and popsicles. Read on to find what ingredients you will need and see step-by-step directions with pictures for creating each fun party food idea.
Alien Party Food: Green Goodies and Intergalactic Snacks!
- Alien Sandwich
- Alien Parfait
- Alien-Themed Chips and Dip
- Alien- and Star-Shaped Cookies
- Green Alien Popsicles
1. Alien Sandwich
Our first party food idea is no ordinary peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It is a super fun creation made to look like an alien in outer space that kids will have no problem gobbling up.
Let your kids join the fun by helping them create the alien face with different kinds of cookie cutters and having them arrange the sandwich and crackers on their plate. Below is a list of ingredients, supplies, and directions to follow for creating an alien sandwich.
- Bread (two slices per sandwich)
- Peanut butter
- Space-themed goldfish crackers
- Green grapes
- Pizza cutter
- Cookie cutters
- Use a pizza cutter to cut the two slices of bread into your desired alien shape. (I went for a circular shape in the photos shown here.)
- Create an alien face on the top slice by pressing small cookie cutters into the bread.
- Spread peanut butter and jelly on the bottom slice of bread. Put the slices of bread together into a sandwich.
- Slide green grapes onto two toothpicks and insert them at the top of the sandwich for antennae. Add four more grape-covered toothpicks to create the arms and legs.
- Arrange the space-themed goldfish crackers (the bag includes stars, moons, planets, and rocketships) to make a fun outer space scene on the plate.
Photo Tutorial for the Sandwich
More Fun Sandwich and Side Ideas
Here are some other fun alien sandwich ideas and accompanying sides:
- Use various kinds of meats, cheeses, or spreads to make your sandwich. Make sure the brightest colored food item will show through the holes.
- Attach raisins or olives (green or black) to create the alien face, or draw it on the bread with squeezable condiments.
- Use star- or space-shaped cookie cutters to cut fun shapes out of fruit, cheese, or Jell-O for an alternate side item.
2. Alien Parfait
Our next idea is the perfect treat for an outer space birthday or Halloween party. Your guests will get a kick out of these fun alien parfaits! We layered our parfaits with crumbled Oreo cookies, vanilla pudding, and green Jell-O. If you are not a pudding fan, substitute either vanilla yogurt or ice cream for this layer. Below is a list of everything you will need and directions to follow to create this yummy treat.
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- Crushed Oreo cookies
- Vanilla pudding (or substitute yogurt or ice cream)
- Green Jell-O
- Large marshmallows (you'll need two per parfait)
- Green sugar sprinkles
- Plastic bag
- Green straws (you'll need two per parfait)
- Clear cups
- Place the Oreo cookies into a plastic bag and crush them into pieces. My boys enjoy using toy hammers to smash their cookies.
- Pour the crushed cookies into the bottom of a clear cup. Top with vanilla pudding. Repeat the two layers, and then top with green Jell-O. (For a smaller cup, use only one layer of cookies, pudding, and Jell-O.)
- Slide a large marshmallow onto both of the green straws. Apply a small amount of pudding to the end of each marshmallow and dip it into a plate of green sugar sprinkles to create the alien's eyes. (For a smaller cup, you may need to cut the straws in half.) Insert the straws into the parfait and enjoy!
Photo Tutorial for the Parfait
Parfait Variants and Substitutions
Add or substitute these tasty ingredients to make your own alien parfait:
- Ice cream
- Whip cream
- Fresh fruit
- Crushed nuts
3. Alien-Themed Chips and Dip
No party is complete without a room full of hungry guests munching on a bowl full of chips served with a delicious dip! Instead of the same ol' chip and dip routine, try out some of these fun ideas to spice up this snack at your alien-themed party:
- Don't get out that usual chip and dip platter! Instead, pour the chips into a silver-colored bowl or aluminum container to give it more of a spaceship appearance.
- Serve a green-colored dip to accompany your chips. In the picture above, you can see Ruffles chips with French onion dip colored with drops of green food coloring.
- Glue googly eyes to the ends of two green plastic spoons. Place these spoons into the dip to make it appear as if an alien is peeking out of the bowl!
4. Alien- and Star-Shaped Cookies
Another easy snack idea is to bake some cookies with fun outer space shapes and decorations. Create out-of-this-world cookies for your guests with circle- and star-shaped cookie cutters and colored sugar sprinkles. Below you will find a list of what you will need and step-by-step directions for creating these fun cookies.
- Sugar cookie dough
- Flour (for rolling out the dough)
- Green and yellow sugar sprinkles
- Glitter decorator gel (or icing)
- Star- and circle-shaped cookie cutters (or various space-themed ones, like this cute rocketship cutter)
- Rolling pin
- Make a batch of homemade sugar cookie dough or buy the prepackaged kind. Roll the dough out on a flat surface until it is 1/4 inch thick. Use flour as needed to prevent the dough from sticking to the surface or rolling pin.
- Use the star and circle cookie cutters to cut out the shapes for the cookies. Add two small strips of dough with circles at the ends to each circular cookie to create the alien's eyestalks or antennae (see the photo above). Sprinkle the star cookies with yellow sugar sprinkles and the alien cookies with green sugar sprinkles.
- Roll up the leftover cookie dough into balls and dip these into the green sugar sprinkles. Flatten them out onto a cookie sheet.
- If you are using homemade dough, bake both sheets of cookies in the oven at 350° for 10–12 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. If you are using a prepackaged cookie dough, follow the baking instructions on the package.
- Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 3 minutes. Carefully remove the cookies with a spatula and set them aside to completely cool.
- When the cookies are cool, draw on them with glitter decorator gel or icing to create the alien faces.
- Arrange the finished cookies on a plate. You can use the plain green cookies as the backdrop for the stars and aliens.
Photo Tutorial for the Cookies
5. Green Alien Popsicles
For a frozen snack idea at your space-themed party, try this easy recipe for homemade alien popsicles. While kids will love the green color and yummy taste, you will love that this recipe can be made with just three simple ingredients! If you don't already own a set of popsicle molds, use small plastic cups and add a popsicle stick after they have been in the freezer for around an hour.
The amount of popsicles this recipe makes depends on the size of your molds or cups. With my mold, I can usually get around 8–10 popsicles from this mixture. Here is the list of what you will need and how to make these fun alien popsicles.
- Package of lime Jell-O
- 2 oz. vanilla yogurt
- 1 cup water
- Popsicle molds (I used molds similar to this set of star-shaped ice pop molds) or small plastic cups and popsicle sticks
- In a pot, bring 1 cup of water to a boil, then remove it from the heat. Add the package of lime Jell-O and stir until the powder is completely absorbed in the water.
- Pour the mixture into a bowl and slightly cool in the refrigerator for 5 minutes.
- Add the vanilla yogurt and mix well into the green liquid. Pour the popsicle mixture into the molds (or cups) and freeze for 5–6 hours before serving.
Photo Tutorial for the Popsicles
More Alien-Inspired Party Snacks and Finger Foods
Green Vegetable Tray
Serve broccoli, celery, cucumbers, green olives, and green peppers with vegetable dip and fun alien spoons.
Green Fruit Tray
Serve green apples, green grapes, kiwi, and melon with fruit dip and fun alien spoons.
Jars of Green Candy
Fill jars with green-colored candy, such as M&Ms, gumdrops, sour apple gummies, and spearmints.
Chicken Fingers or French Fries
Serve slender pieces of chicken or French fries with a place card that says "Alien Fingers."
Alien Popcorn Balls
Make popcorn balls tinted green with food coloring and add M&Ms or licorice to create the alien face.
Make lettuce wraps filled with your favorite ingredients with a place card that says "Alien Wraps."
Green Trail Mix
Make a trail mix with your favorite ingredients and add drops of food coloring to give it a green tint.
Combine green Kool-Aid, pineapple juice, ginger ale or lemon lime soda, and lemonade concentrate to make a fun green punch.
Make healthy green smoothies with spinach, fresh or frozen fruit, milk or fruit juice, and ice. (See video below!)
Enjoy Your Space-Themed Party!
As you can see, there are so many fun foods to serve at your alien-themed party. Whether you are celebrating a space fan's birthday or just spicing up a Halloween party, your guests are sure to love these recipes.
If you need some fun ideas to keep the kids busy during the party, be sure to check out my easy alien craft ideas for kids. These simple art projects are all very budget-friendly, and they make great party favors for the kids to take home.
I hope you have found several tasty (and green!) items to spread on the buffet for your alien-inspired party. If you have any questions or comments about any of these recipes, feel free to leave those in the comment section below.
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Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on November 28, 2012:
Thanks so much for all your kind comments ishwaryaa22! We did have a lot of fun making these snacks :) Appreciate all the votes, pin, & share!
Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on November 22, 2012:
Once again I enjoyed reading this fun hub of yours! You are very creative with crafts and foods. The alien-themed snacks are indeed out of the world! You & your sons had good fun! Amazing photos with clear instructions and handy options. I voted up for alien parfait in your poll. Well-done!
Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up, pinned & shared
Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on July 28, 2012:
Thanks so much K9! So happy you enjoyed all of the alien inspired foods! I really appreciate your visit, the votes, and your sweet comments always make my day! HubHugs :)
India Arnold from Northern, California on July 26, 2012:
First, I love your opening graphic! And your boys are SooOOOooo cute! The alien sandwich idea is everything a kid could want on a plate. It is really helpful that you added in a chart of quick reference ideas for more "Alien Party Food" fun! This is just a blast(off), Alissa! You get my votes!
Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on July 25, 2012:
Thanks so much Doc! Hope your granddaughters enjoy them as much as my boys did! Appreciate your visit and for the vote up!
Glen Nunes from Cape Cod, Massachusetts on July 24, 2012:
Such great ideas! I'm glad my granddaughters are around for the summer so I can try some of these! Voted up.
Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on July 23, 2012:
Thanks so much HawaiiHeart! Both of my boys really enjoyed making the parfaits. I think they liked smashing the cookies the most :) Appreciate you stopping by and commenting!
HawaiiHeart from Hawaii on July 22, 2012:
What a cool theme for a party! LOVE the alien parfaits!
Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on July 22, 2012:
Thanks so much Rebecca! So happy to hear you enjoyed the ideas! I thought the googly eyes were so cute. I kept on thinking where else can I put these things lol :) Appreciate the votes and for the share!
Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on July 22, 2012:
What fun! I love the little eyeballs on the celery. These are really versatile. A kids party, school unit, or even an adult party, great Halloween food! Voted awesome, etc. and shared!
Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on July 22, 2012:
Hi Teresa! The alien cookies were fun to make and yummy to eat. Actually I just finished the last one...shhh don't tell my boys haha :) Thanks so much for your visit and sweet comments!
Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on July 22, 2012:
Thanks so much theclevercat! My youngest son's favorite color is green too and he kept saying I love it cause it's all so green haha :) Hope your guests enjoy the green food! Appreciate you stopping by and for the votes!
Teresa Coppens from Ontario, Canada on July 22, 2012:
Those alien cookies are my favorite. Great compilation of green, out of this world food. Great pictures and easy to follow instructions!
Rachel Vega from Massachusetts on July 22, 2012:
Ohhh, how fun! I really love the pictures. You have compiled so many great ideas here, and as someone who loves green, I may have to appropriate some of them for a summer get-together! Voted up and useful. :^D