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.

Themed Desserts

If themed parties are your jam, then you’re probably game for serving up unique desserts. Carry your theme all the way to the birthday treat using these fun suggestions:

Camping or Great Outdoors: Feed little explorers some "dirt" for dessert. Put chocolate pudding in individual ramekins and top with crushed Oreo cookies and gummy worms. Or, take the party outside and fire up the campfire for some homemade s’mores.

Curious George or Wild Animals: Kids are always up to a little monkey business, so feed the wild child and his or her crew a banana split. Monkeys (and kids) love bananas and all the other toppings that make this party treat a delicious indulgence.

Movie party: Cue your favorite family-friendly flick and serve popcorn as the treat. Take it up a notch by offering a wide variety of mix-ins (think M&M's, raisins, pretzels, peanuts, cereal, chopped up Oreos or sprinkles).

Pool party: Satisfy your little swimmers with edible fishbowls. Float some colorful swimming Swedish fish in a clear cup filled with blue Jell-O. Voila!

Custom cookies: From superheroes to unicorns, you can order custom cookies in just about any shape, flavor, color, and design. The sky is the limit with local bakeries who will love to work with you to dream up one-of-a-kind treats for your party. Check out: Mill Creek’s Lolly Poppy, Kent’s Sweet Themes Bakery and Jenny Cookies' new storefront in downtown Lake Stevens.

Pizza party: Pizza for dinner and pizza for dessert? Yes! Who doesn’t love a good pizza pie? Finish off a pizza party with a cookie pizza. Customize a gigantic cookie cake at Mrs Fields.

photo: Lolly Poppy Facebook page

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

— Abbey McGee