Five Easy Snack Tray Ideas

If snacks are life in your house, then this post is for you. Mix up your snack-time routine with these snack tray ideas from Meghan that are both fun and delicious!

The Best Snack Tray Ideas from Fun Cheap or Free

Hey all! I’m Meghan, mom of three young kids who are constantly and consistently on the verge of absolute hangriness (hungry + angry). Feeding them is the greatest, uphill battle of my life! Am I being a touch dramatic? YES, but it is also genuinely tough to keep up with my little people’s furnace-like metabolism.

So, below you’ll find one of my greatest mom-hacks to fight the good fight and keep everyone mostly sane and well-fed. Using just a muffin tin, and a good theme (you’ll see below), you can feed lots of people at once by loading it up with all kinds of foods.

I like to call these the “Save Your Day Snack Tray” and I’m going to share with you my top five, tried and true ideas. Let’s get to it!

THE AFTER-SCHOOL SNACK TRAY

The snack tray that is perfect for “after school,” but is also great for playdates, lounging by the kiddie pool in the backyard, and more! This is the snack tray for kids who like to keep it simple. Grab all their favorite snacks and load up your muffin tin snack tray.

The After-Schooler Snack Tray from Fun Cheap or Free

I always like to add in fresh fruit and veggies where I can, but crackers and pretzels are completely perfect here, too.

IDEAS FOR WHAT TO ADD:

  • Pretzels
  • Goldfish
  • Peanut butter sandwich
  • Cubed ham or deli meat
  • Cheese
  • Grapes
  • Carrots

Pairs well with play dates, pool hangouts, and lazy summer days.

THE YOGURT BAR SNACK TRAY

This snack tray is perfect for kids and moms alike! Start with a base of your favorite yogurt and add toppings to your heart’s content. We are particularly granola-minded over here, but I like to chop up protein bars for my youngest who can’t quite handle the extra crunchiness of the granola. Any kind of berry will play nicely with the yogurt, so feel free to drop those in as well!

Easy Snacks For Kids from Fun Cheap or Free

I love to make The Yogurt Bar snack tray when we are feeling particularly blah about our breakfast routine and have a few extra minutes to indulge in something that won’t go soggy before we finish it.

IDEAS FOR WHAT TO ADD:

Pairs well with slow Saturday mornings and easy-peasy brunches.

THE SUNDAE TOPPER SNACK TRAY

We are moving from the healthy yogurt version of a sundae (a.k.a. a parfait), straight to my favorite indulgence of all – ice cream sundaes. This snack tray is so drool-worthy that you’ll feel like a Pinterest mom without all of the effort.

Ice Cream Bar Ideas from Fun Cheap or Free

You’re also going to save loads of money creating this snack tray at home compared to going out and buying everyone in your family their own individual ice creams where every topping costs extra. That’s what I like to call a win-win!

IDEAS FOR WHAT TO ADD:

  • Marshmallows
  • Waffle cone pieces
  • Crushed oreo
  • Mini peanut butter cups
  • Gummy bears
  • Sprinkles

Pairs well with the post-barbeque lounge and Friday nights spent home.

THE ADULTS-ONLY SNACK TRAY

Cheers to eating your weight in snacks after the kids are in bed! I know that I can’t possibly be alone here. Making a snack tray for kids is fun, but for adults? Ooooh, the options are endless and completely customizable. I love a good charcuterie board and if one could be brought to my bedside each night while I binge watch my show of the moment, I would pay BIG money for that service.

Easy Snack Ideas for Adults from Fun Cheap or Free

This is my easy alternative! My husband and I are currently pistachio-obsessed and have leftover sausage from a BBQ we recently hosted, so I started there with this snack tray and added some of our other favorite savory treats. It was delicious!

IDEAS FOR WHAT TO ADD:

  • Hot sausage
  • Gouda
  • Pickles
  • Pistachios
  • Sesame Cashews
  • Seasoned Plantains

Pairs well with sleep-deprived parents who should be headed to bed, but also need down-time. Can I get an amen?!

THE MOVIE-NIGHT-IN SNACK TRAY

Family movie night is a staple activity in our house, and I can’t possibly watch Cars for the hundredth time without sustenance. Terribly sweet, possibly over-the-top sugary is how I choose to make it through.

The Movie Night Snack Tray from Fun Cheap or Free

Our favorite snacks revolve around gummy candies and chocolate, which is what I’ve chosen to load our snack tray up with. And popcorn, always lots of popcorn. I’m not a heathen after all!

IDEAS FOR WHAT TO ADD:

  • Oreos
  • Peanut MMs
  • Watermelon Sour Patch Kids
  • Popcorn
  • Mini candy bars
  • Gummy bears

Pairs well with an animated film and extra late bedtime.

If you'd like to hear me talk about all of these delicious snacks in person, then go watch my video!

There you have it! My five favorite snack trays for kids (and you!) to help fight the funk of feeding everyone all the time. If you have other ideas for snack trays, I’d love to hear about them in the comment section below!

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Comments

  1. AvatarLeighAnn Harlan says

    Wow so many great ideas! I hadn’t thought to use a muffin tin as a snack tray! We will definitely be trying this. Maybe for a family movie night! I’ve got 5 littles in my house so they’ll love this.

    • AvatarFunCheapOrFree says

      Yes, they’re such fun ideas! Give it a try, I’m sure that the whole family will love it!

  2. AvatarSam says

    These ideas are convenient and inexpensive. In case you don’t know, you should know that popcorn is very dangerous for children under 8 years old. It is a severe choking hazard and can cause pneumonia due to the popcorn being stuck in their lung.

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