Kids are the biggest birthday party animals out there. And what do you get at birthday parties? Pizza, pizza … and more pizza. Nothing against ‘za (it’s so quick and easy!), but for a choice less ordinary, go with one of our picks. Flip through this album for six choices, from bao buns to mini meatloafs, that are a welcome change from cheese and tomato sauce.

Mini Meatloafs

We know meatloaf may not sound like your typical party food, but the Meatloaf Bakery takes this homestyle food and makes it fun and super kid friendly. Order mini meatloaf cupcakes (called "loafies") or get them on a stick, loafer pop style. Each mini meatloaf is “frosted” with potatoes and varieties range from turkey to burger to classic meatloaf. They can even make the loafies look like hot dogs (like in this picture!). All come with dipping sauces which are always a hit with the littles.

The Meatloaf Bakery, 2464 N. Clark St., Lincoln Park (773-698-6667 or online at

What will you serve at your kid’s next birthday party? Let us know in the Comments below!

— Samantha Lande