Tired of serving the same old cake and ice cream? It’s time to up the ante for your kiddo’s next bash with some on-trend desserts that will wow guests of all ages – including the parents! We’re talking uber-creative cake pops, doughnuts and custom cookies in flavors you’d probably never dream of devouring. Excited to plan that party yet? Read on for nine trendy birthday treats that’ll have your guests’ mouth watering.

Make-Your-Own Bar

Who doesn’t love creating their own personalized culinary masterpiece? You serve up the blank canvas and the toppings and let your party guests go wild! There are many themes to suit the style of your shindig. Try one of these delicious make-your-own options.

Waffles: Morning or night, breakfast for dessert is always a hit. Serve with sliced fruit, whipped cream, chocolate chips, ice cream, caramel sauce or syrup.

Hot cocoa: A steaming hot cup of cocoa is a toasty treat on a chilly night. Pair the rich chocolaty goodness with peppermint sticks, marshmallows, chocolate shavings and sprinkles.

Sundaes: I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! A traditional ice cream sundae bar with all the fixings will delight even the pickiest of palates.

Crepes: Serve your sophisticated party peeps a crepe bar. Fill this light, thin pancake with Nutella, fresh fruit, whipped cream, specialty syrups and yogurt and watch their eyes light up!

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Do you have a favorite birthday treat that you like to serve? Tell us in the Comments below!

— Abbey McGee