Allergy-Friendly Birthday Celebration!

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.

John had a Jake and the Neverland Pirates birthday party so his candle was decorated accordingly!

John had a Jake and the Neverland Pirates birthday party so his candle was decorated accordingly!

I melted yellow beeswax into the bottom. Then I took white beeswax and colored it blue with bits of their Colorations crayons that are gfcfsf, and poured that one top (with the wick in place of course).

I melted yellow beeswax into the bottom. Then I took white beeswax and colored it blue with bits of their Colorations crayons that are gfcfsf, and poured that one top (with the wick in place of course).

Finally, I cut out some stickers and placed them around the candle, painted on some clouds, and wrote "Happy 4th Birthday John David" around the top with a paint pen! I wasn't terribly pleased with how the top of the candle dried so I added some seashells and sand! ;-)

Finally, I cut out some stickers and placed them around the candle, painted on some clouds, and wrote “Happy 4th Birthday John David” around the top with a paint pen! I wasn’t terribly pleased with how the top of the candle dried so I added some seashells and sand! ;-)

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! :-)

DSC_2753He 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!!!

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2 responses to “Allergy-Friendly Birthday Celebration!

  1. You know I love it! So creative!!

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