I love a good kids’ birthday party (emphasis on the ‘good’). I love choosing a theme with my child that matches their interests and personality and going to town on theming the food and table.
In early Feb, we celebrated our youngest’s 5th birthday party. I would have blogged sooner, but it took me a while to get around to learning how! Our little guy is big into magic tricks, which is amazing for me, because I’ve been trying to sell a magic party to the older kids for years! A magician took care of the entertainment (Luigi Zucchini – he was so good!). And all I had to worry about was the party table (and cleaning the house, but that’s a separate issue!).
How we celebrate special times says a lot about what we value. What is a ‘treat’? Dosing kids up on heaps of artificial colours and high sugar foods and sending everyone home with a plastic bag full of more sugar and colours, or maybe some sweat shop special plastic toys that will be discarded by the end of the day. It glorifies food that does not nourish us, and the plastic junk and extra sugar to take home is the epitome of mindless consumerism. If we want kids to think vegetables are fun, then we need to include them at fun times! But, you know, let them eat cake!
Healthy party food ideas
I love the challenge of creating a fun, balanced party table, so I thought I’d share some simple ideas that I used at Remy’s party.
- Water with strawberries and apple slices
- Avocado sandwiches
- Tasty cheese sandwiches (I love Barambah cheese)
- Veggie platter
- Corn chips and homemade guacamole (recipe here)
- Fruit skewers on themed skewers
- Rice crispie treats (recipe here)
- Wholemeal fairy bread with no artificial colour 100s & 1000s shaped into bunnies
- Birthday cake – I made a bunny using a marble cake recipe from Cook Republic (here) and a simple buttercream frosting with desiccated coconut for the fur.
The only things that contained sugar were the fairy bread and the birthday cake. There were plenty of gluten and dairy free options on the table. I had friends comment that their kids didn’t experience the wild sugar high and unpleasant crash following the party. And as far as I know, nobody complained about the lack of food dye, sweets or packaged food!
Everyone went home with their own magic wand to recreate some of the magic tricks. Hopefully something for the dress up box that won’t be discarded or broken within hours of the party.
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