Birthday Parties - Gluten Free
I wrote recently about the perfect gluten free baked goods to eat for celebrations. Today, I take it one step further and suggest ideas on gluten free birthday parties.
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It is Wednesday, Week 2 - Day 3 of the Challenge.
After the birthday party I attended this weekend, I was left daydreaming about my perfect gluten free party. I have been thinking of it both from the perspective of my ideal birthday party as well as the ideal children's party.
When my daughter, Isabel, turned two this summer, I had a 50/50 party meaning that about half of the options were gluten free. I even offered two cakes - one with gluten and one without. I bought them both from Marks & Spencers in Den Haag.
I won't go into the menu for that party because I made a wide variety of skewers (kabobs). I would not recommend it. I spent so much time in advance preparing them and, by the day of the party, the fruit and vegetables on the skewers were a soggy mess. Not to mention that skewers and small children are not a great combination. Live and learn, I tell myself.
I wrote about my chocolate cake ideas in this blog post:
I would also recommend The Welsh Bakestone. She does made-to-order birthday cakes. I have tried her chocolate cake and several of her other baked goods.It is rich and delicious, but maybe too much for a children's birthday cake.
IKEA also offers a gluten free chocolate and almond cake. You can find it in the freezer section at the Swedish Food Market.
I used Doves Farm Gluten Free Self Rising White Flour to make the chocolate chip cookie recipe mentioned in the blog post. I bought the flour at The Welsh Bakestone, but you can also order it from Amazon.co.uk. The Welsh Bakestone offers a wide variety of gluten free grocery items. It is worth the trip to Scheveningen.
I would focus on fruit & veggies:
- Frozen Chocolate Bananas
- Waffle Cones filled with fruit
- A beautiful, yet easy fresh cut fruit board
- Ants on a log & variations
- Fresh cut vegetables and hummus
Other gluten free ideas:
My Birthday Party
- Loaded Sweet Potatoes - use dairy free substitutes for the cheeses
- French Fries
- Gluten Free Italian Pasta Salad
- Chips & Salsa
- Mixed Nuts
- Fruit Salad
- Chocolate Truffels
- Leonidas Chocolates
For my birthday cake, the more chocolate the better, I say. So I would order the most chocolaty cake I could from The Welsh Bakestone. It seems more special to me somehow if someone else is doing the baking.
What would you eat to celebrate? Did I forget anything?
Gluten Vrije Vrouw