“Can you bring a dish to pass, please?”

“If you want to make something you can.”

“Sure, bring anything you would like!”

These are phrases some of us dread to hear, because we have no idea what to bring to those celebrations, especially during the summer. I have been invited to graduations, birthdays, anniversaries showers, and so on. Not only do I run out of ideas, but this generous gesture, can become costly too. So, I try to be creative, crafty, & cheap!
The following recipes are very simple to make, and I promise you – they will be a big hit. Normally, my on – a – stick creations are the first to go!

Kelsey’s Kabobs

With a picky 5 year old daughter, I’m always trying to create fun ways to bribe her into eating, not to mention providing snacks for her classmates during school. So I created Kelsey’s Kabobs. I decided to bring these to a cook-out recently & everyone loved them!

  • Any type of fruit cut into medium sized pieces. Ideally, any melons, berries, apples, or grapes will do the trick. But make sure the fruit is not too ripe. It will not stay on the stick.
  • Any type of Popsicle stick, unused chop sticks, lollypop sticks etc. Make sure they are not too long. Also, try not to use bamboo sticks. They tend to produce slivers.

Wash all fruit. Allow to dry. Carefully slide the fruit onto the sticks. Cover, Refrigerate & Enjoy!


Strawberry Shortcake On – A – Stick

I recently made this for a 4th of July cook-out & they were the first to go! People said it was a fantastic idea and the perfect finger food to walk around with!

  • Frozen Angel Food Cake
  • Strawberries
  • Whipped Cream in a Can
  • Any type of stick (see above suggestions)

Take frozen angel food cake and chop it up into bite-sized pieces. This is WAY easier to chop when it Is frozen, and less messy. Make sure all strawberries have been washed and dried. Then layer strawberries and cake. Cover & Refrigerate. However, bring the whipped cream in a can along and allow others to add if they wish. Enjoy!

S’Mores On – A – Stick

These are perfect to bring anywhere and always the talk of the party. I have brought them to the drive-in, parties, and bonfires lately. The kids love them and they are safer then making s’mores by the fire – especially when you don’t have a fire!


  • Large Marshmallows
  • Melting Chocolate
  • Graham Crackers (crushed)
  • Any type of stick (See above suggestions)

First crush the gram crackers. Then melt the chocolate. I actually used chocolate chips, and melted them inside a microwavable cup. Then, dip the stick in a bit of warm the chocolate and push the marshmallow on it. Dip the marshmallow about ½ way into the chocolate. Then roll in the gram crackers, them do ANOTHER layer! Cover, Refrigerate, & Enjoy!

On – A – Stick recipes are the perfect addition anywhere you go! I’m sure you’ll agree if you try making one today!

Detroit Mommies Expert Contributor
Jill is a former teacher who is now a stay at home mommy, by choice, of her active 7 yr old daughter, Kelsey Anne, in Livonia, Michigan. On the side, she works as a Social Media & Marketing Coordinator for a Michigan based Protocol Company with 25 years experience, specializing in creating, managing, and producing gala events for dignitaries, celebrities and non-profit organizations throughout the country. She also volunteers at her daughter's school, has recently started substitute teaching, enjoys entering contests and sweeps, & spending time with her family. You can follow her on Twitter @jillkathan.
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Lindsey Clair
10 years ago

LOVE the ideas! Thanks for sharing. My daughters are picky eaters at times so this would be perfect.

10 years ago

Those are some great ideas! I lvoe the smores on a stick – they look yummy and easy to make.