We recently had fun celebrating John’s 4th birthday with a few of his close buddies! Birthdays have definitely been more of a challenge with our allergies and sensitivities, but over time, we have begun to come up with some creative solutions! Usually the biggest issue is the “birthday cake.” When you go GFCFSF….and then have an allergy to chicken eggs…..and a whole host of other sensitivities to anything from carrots to coconut to rice flour (even homemade rice flour)….it gets A LOT more complicated! So, during Jessica’s birthday party, I decided that our new tradition was going to be for me to make (or buy…but make is safer with a soy allergy) them a “birthday candle!” That way the birthday child still had something to blow out that also represented his/her interests, and we could pile whatever snack/treat we wanted to around the candle!! Not to mention….this is a GREAT option if you are trying to avoid great quantities of sugar! The possibilities for snacks/treats are endless! For John’s birthday we did peanut butter cookies, but for Jessica’s birthday we did plantain chips.
We had newspaper for making pirate hats, cardboard and aluminium foil for making pirate swords, and a treasure map for finding the buried treasure (foreign coins in little leather pouches I made), BUT John mostly just enjoyed playing in the backyard with his friends! :-)
He also managed to get some pretty cool presents that employed as natural materials as possible (doing our best to avoid soy)….Tinkertoys and a wagon from his grandparents, a homemade set of wooden tools from us, a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse dvd from Jessica with trading cards, and several cool gifts from his friends! He also received some birthday money from his great-grandparents, so we bought him some wooden train tracks for his trains. I think he ended up having a pretty fun birthday, and I love how the candle idea worked out!!! I think that is going to be a tradition that is here to stay!!!