Parfait Buffet

Valentine’s Day is traditionally a holiday for loved ones, flowers and candy hearts. But it is nice to have a special treat that can be eaten at a mealtime too! And what better way to celebrate a holiday than by letting the kids prepare something like a parfait that they can make themselves. I am all for do-it-yourself meals, because kids have fun putting their food together, and they might be more likely to eat it that way too. And then you don’t have to do it all either.

This year Valentine’s Day falls on a weekday, so you could prepare the ingredients for this treat the night before and serve it for breakfast, or offer it as an after school snack. A parfait consists of cream layered with fruit. When making their own, kids get to layer yogurt along with their favorite toppings. The topping suggestions below go with a Valentine’s Day color palette, but you could use anything, and tailor it to another holiday too.

This recipe was inspired by breakfast, but pudding could be used as well. It does not take long to put these parfaits together, and it is a nice way to see which items your kids will pick. Any fruits or nuts could be used depending on what your kids like. Sprinkles could make a festive dessert addition as well!


Strawberry, mixed berry or vanilla yogurt

Sliced strawberries

Sliced bananas

Berry jam


Chocolate sunflower seeds


Lay out each item in little bowls with spoons in them. Let kids layer yogurt and toppings in their own cups or bowls and enjoy “cooking” for themselves!


This recipe allows kids to layer yogurt and mix in other ingredients in their own way. You can ask them to count how many layers or ingredients they choose, or how many spoonfuls of a certain ingredient they use. They can also count the colors they have in their parfait. Make sure they have their own spoon in their own bowl, and that they learn to use a different spoon for each topping item.

Enjoy and have a sweet day!

Rachel Teichman is the founder of OOGIAH, an online resource for Jewish families who are moving or traveling throughout the US. The site includes a blog full of creative ways for families to cook, craft and play together. Rachel has also edited the SF Bay Area family events calendar for Red Tricycle, along with writing about family-friendly restaurants. She is a mother of two, and she loves to bake scones! You can find out more about her here.

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