Today has been pretty relaxing for a change! This whole past week I have been preparing for N’s 4th birthday party. Like all parents, I absolutely am in shock that he just had his fourth birthday! It seems just like yesterday that I was holding him for the first time, unknowing all the parental ups and downs that were to befall me in just four short years ahead. Here’s a picture from N’s 1st birthday where he’s eating his first dairy and egg free cupcake. It’s crazy to think that is all he’s ever known. I am comforted to know that he loves his cupcakes and I make sure that he always has a safe one at every party we attend.
Since then I have tried many recipes, gotten comfy (as in not so crazy-nervous) in the allergen-free world, and have become used to throwing great parties with yummy food that is ALL safe for N. My brother (the one who named my blog!) always asks, “Everything is safe for N, right?” This time it was everything except the mayo, which I don’t find as a huge threat to him.
Alright, let’s get this party started, and let me tell you what we served for N’s 4th birthday!!
He LOVES Disney’s Cars Movie, and that was our theme! I wish I could say all of these decorations and accents were my idea but they’re not. I am lazy and always scrambling, so I hopped on Pinterest and found some Over Achiever Moms who had already designed all of these things and done the hard work for me. Follow me on Pinterest if you want to see those things.
Our menu for the party was sloppy joes, salsa, guacamole, corn salsa, tortilla chips, watermelon, veggies & dip (hummus and soy based ranch dip), and homemade Ranch seasoned (dairy free) Chex mix. We also had Rice Krispie Treats and, of course, cake! The cake was a Cherrybrook Kitchen mix, Nathan’s request. To wet our whistle we had unsweetened tea, lemonade, and good ‘ole water.
Check out this spread….
Did you catch the stoplight theme for my tortilla chip dips?
I just LOVE these labels I found to customize for our food! Not that food needs to be labeled, but it was just fun! Are ya hungry yet? Cause I am! My husband and I are munching on leftovers right now 🙂 Mmmm, chips & corn salsa!
Here’s a picture, too, of our fun “road” tables. Loved this idea I found on Pinterest, as well!
Alright, I know you want to see the cake. I STRESSED over this. If you saw one of my FB statuses last Saturday, I mentioned spending nearly 3 hours working on eggless royal icing decorations. Um, that became a royal mess. By Wednesday, it was starting to shrivel up and the colors were bleeding. I was bummed, but actually I’m kinda glad it didn’t work out, because look at this cake….
Pretty awesome, huh?!! I had already planned on putting the plastic cars on it and had bought the checkered flags at the local cake supply shop. My mom found the giant “4” candle and I went to work. The “sand” on the cake is Golden Oreos that I put in the food processor, the “road” is Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips, and the white icing is yummy Pillsbury. The green, blue, and red icing is a homemade recipe I found and I adapted to be dairy free. I was surprised to hear comments such as, “Did you buy that cake?” and “Did you make the cake, Rachel?”. The kids were saying, “I want a part of the road!”. I have to admit, I wanted his cake to be awesome. I didn’t want a “That’s a cute cake” kinda cake, but a “Wow!” cake. I must admit I have taken cake decorating classes in the past, so that helped. This will probably be the first birthday Nathan will remember and was really aware of the details like the theme. I think these pictures show his excitement and how overwhelmed he was with all of the attention.
I think in the above picture, he was getting a little embarrassed, overly excited, and overwhelmed and how happy he was!
I was so happy to get the perfect picture of him blowing out his candle. Makes a Momma happy!
I had made these cupcakes with sprinkles for the kids, but I’m pretty sure the adults got stuck with them!
And, here’s the aftermath…..
Gone. ALL gone. Plates were scraped clean and hardly a crumb left. Success. Sometimes I wonder if anyone would know everything was dairy, egg, & peanut free (and 7 other foods) if they weren’t aware of N’s allergies.
About 5 leftover cupcakes were there for me to indulge in after the party guests had left and the kids were in bed. I only ate one. I promise 😉
I slept so good last night knowing that the party was a success, the cake turned out better than I had hoped, and above all Nathan was happy, content, and safe. I’m looking forward to the the coming year and watching him change, learn, and grow. As I sit here wrapping up this post while on my patio under the party lights I put up for my own enjoyment, I realize I am so blessed. Food allergies and all, he’s still a happy 4-year old boy. He’s healthy. He’s determined. He loves baseball and trucks. He loves trains and books. He’s normal. He’s mine. And I’m so proud that I can say that Nathan is mine. All mine, and I’m so proud of him.
What do you say Food Allergy Moms & Dads….how do you throw an awesome, allergen-free birthday party? What recipes from the party menu do you want?? Leave me feedback..I love to hear from you!