Twenty-eight of us squeezed into our home for Jumpy’s second birthday party this week. I would lie if I said I did not find it stressful to make all the food for the party free from eggs, dairy, nuts and wheat but I wanted her to enjoy everything that was offered to our guests, including the sweets our friendly ghost was giving to trick-or-treaters.
Having multiple allergies does not mean Jumpy should miss out! With hindsight, I am glad we held the party at home as I knew for sure all the food was safe for my little girl.
Savoury food I had planned to serve:
Vegetable sticks: carrots, cucumber, celery
Rice with sweetcorn and tuna
‘Free from’ pasta, ham and tomato salad
Scary bananas, satsumas and pears (designed by Crevette and Beanie)
Chocolate cupcakes with dairy-free icing
Lazy Day Foods‘ Rocky Road and Peppermint Slice
Dairy and nut-free chocolate truffles
Smooze ice ‘cream’
Dairy-free yoghurts from The Coconut Collaborative
‘Free From’ sweets
Water, juice and soft drinks
Champagne, tea and coffee for the adults
The biggest hits were the sausages, served with ketchup, pasta salad, crisps, vegetable sticks and hummus. If you fancy making your own hummus, head over to Vicki’s blog Honest Mum. Her recipe is easy to put together and delicious. I caught Beanie face in the bowl, licking the last remaining bits of the dip. The world is not ready for her just yet!
When it comes to sweet treats, the children snapped all of my dreadful marshmallow pumpkins before they even got to the table. The icing on the cupcakes was a firm favourite, too. Note to self: serve little pots of icing in the future. It will save me from re-icing cupcakes twice (Beanie) and peeling discarded cupcakes off the bedroom floor!
I completely forgot to serve the champagne! How could I? I had a nice bottle of Millésimé chilling in the fridge, and the children always love it when Hubby takes them all outside to see how far the cork will go. Naughty, naughty Mel!
The spooky jelly also remained in the fridge, and look at the good job my little ones had done!
I did not have time to make the ‘free from’ truffles or carrot cake, but there was plenty of food and nobody went home hungry (I hope!).