Teens love to spend time with friends nearly as much as they like to eat. Combining the two makes you the hero to your teens and his friends. A buffet is an ideal way to feed teens because each can choose the foods they want. Lay out a spread at your teen's next birthday party, school dance or movie-watching marathon and the kids will have fun and full bellies simultaneously.
Finger foods are ideal for a teen get-together because kids can eat while they play games, dance, talk or watch movies. Little bites also let teens have many of their favorites on one plate. Nachos, hot wings, potato or corn chips, mini sausages, fruit and vegetable skewers, mini hamburgers and quesadillas are teen-friendly options. Offer condiments, including ketchup for burgers and salsa for nachos and quesadillas, which make the foods more appealing to some teens.
Whether you order it or make it yourself, pizza is a favorite for most teens. It tastes good and it's easy to eat while teens are busy with activities. Fill the buffet table with several pizzas topped with a variety of toppings to please every teen at the event. Include a tossed salad and a couple of types of dressing so the kids get a bit of nutrition. Don't forget the soda or water to round out the meal.
Sandwiches don't require a lot of preparation, but with the many options available, you're sure to please all the teens in your basement or the school gym. At one end of the buffet table, pile a plate with sliced bread or rolls. Next, place a bowl of mayonnaise and mustard to slather on the bread. Include a selection of cold cuts and sliced cheeses. Finally, fill a plate with lettuce, tomato, sliced onions, avocado slices and any other toppings you think the teens will gobble up. Add a pitcher of lemonade and a couple bags of chips to make the meal complete.
Most teens aren't going to turn down a sweet ending to a meal. Once they've devoured the main buffet, clear the debris and restock the table with dessert. Cookies, brownies and cupcakes are ideal buffet treats. You can also put out a large bowl of melted chocolate and caramel with sliced apples, pineapple chunks, orange segments, banana slices and strawberries for a fondue buffet. Make small versions of fruit pies, brownies, cakes or cobblers in cupcake liners so teens can eat them as they play and have fun.