For Miss H’s first birthday party, I was already on my sugar free path, but was not so concerned about gluten. So we had a mixture of sugar free and not so sugar free foods. Gluten was a definite inclusion (albeit limited). As everything was homemade, we were low on preservatives. Decorations were anything but environmentally friendly.
Fast forward to Miss M’s birthday and I ‘ve decided I want to host a party that is sugar, gluten and preservative free – as well as being as friendly as possible to the environment. So I have my work cut out right?
Well a little. But I want to prove that it can be done and I want to make it as easy as possible for you to do it too. So I’ve been testing out recipes, researching, planning and putting together a whole heap of information to share over the next few weeks. I also plan to put it all together in an e-book so everyone can access it in one handy location!
So you know what’s coming up, here is some of what I have planned:
- What’s in store brought kids foods (even those you may think are ok!)
- Lolly bags – alternative ideas
- Sustainable party ideas – invitations, decorations etc.
- Planning food – working out “your” acceptable foods and how to cook to this
- Recipes – birthday cakes (including a mega gluten free sponge!), other treats and drink ideas
- How to make sugar and preservative free food dyes and sprinkles
- Tips for gluten and sugar free baking
- A checklist/planner – to help you work out what you need to do and when to do it!
There is a lot to cover, so as we go along please let me know if you have any questions or would like more information on anything.
Everything I have put together is based on my normal approach to cooking – that being the quicker and easier something is to make the better! I openly admit I’m not a fancy cook – but hopefully you will agree the taste makes up for that!
The only exception is the food dyes and sprinkles – there is a little bit of extra effort required there but I promise you it’s worth it!
Stay tuned for next week when we will start getting into the nitty gritty of it all.
Before then, does anyone have any specific questions I can cover?
Other posts in the Children’s Party Series: