1.26.2009

GAPS Birthday Party Rundown



A blur of activity and fun, that was my daughter's 4th birthday party. It came together surprisingly simply; and for that I am very thankful, in spite of my lofty aspirations for it being totally GAPS-friendly and healthy (we are following a modified GAPS diet; my daughter tolerates raw dairy and starchy veggies fine, so some are included here). I thought I'd take a moment to reflect on how to successfully pull off a simple, nourishing birthday party!

The biggest thing is keep it simple. Simple can be nourishing and fun! The challenge was to keep it GAPS-friendly and yet appealing to 3-5 year olds. The verdict? Yep! I think we did it!

The menu?

Fruit Tray (Store-bought by my parents.)

Veggie Tray (Store-bought by Karl's parents.)

Kettle Chips (as good as the potato chip gets, yet still not GAPS-friendly. Kirsten had her fair share...oh well, it's her birthday!)

Honey Mustard Chicken Drumsticks:

2 Thumbs Up

Delicious, easy to prepare, inexpensive to purchase. Marinated overnight so there was little to do in the morning. Kids love "Chicken on the Bone" almost as much as they love Chicken Nuggets!

Bonus: Collected everyone's chicken bones and boiled them up to make some rich stock!

Crock-Pot Green Beans:

2 Thumbs Up

Easy, Easy, Easy. Should have started them a little earlier. Grabbed a bag of Bybee's Organic Green Beans from Costco, threw half a bag in the Crock Pot along with 2 cans of Amy's Organic Cream of Mushroom Soup (this is NOT Gaps Legal, next time I'll use homemade) with garlic powder, salt, pepper...cooked for a few hours.

Salad: Simply Romaine w/ a deliciously rich, nourishing Caesar Dressing (thanks to my mother-in-law for lovingly preparing and bringing this!)

2 Thumbs Up

Went really well with the chicken! Soooo flavorful!

Dessert:

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream & Homemade Vegan Chocolate Coconut Milk Ice Cream

2 Thumbs Up

Easy to make ahead of time, just mix ingredients and refrigerate several hours.

Bonus: The kids LOVED helping churn the ice cream! Grandpa John was so nice to "man" the ice cream station and finish the churning while we opened presents. By the time we were done, so was the ice cream! It was absolutely delicious!

Coconut Flour Honey "Cupcakes" (they were really just the muffin recipe)

2 Thumbs Up

Frosted simply with Whipped Cream. Very easy to make ahead of time.

Beverages:

Iced Mango-Passionfruit (Stash Brand) Herbal Tea w/ Stevia.
Two Thumbs Up

This tasted really good, and it was so easy! I just boiled water, added 8 tea bags, iced it, added stevia and some frozen mangoes from Trader Joe's.

Activities:

Simple. The party took place in our Condo's Rec Room; a wide open 70's era room with couches, a large table, and plenty of seating and open space.

I set up areas for kids to just play and do what they wanted. There was a play-doh table with several containers of play-doh (from the Dollar Tree) and tools for cutting and shaping the play-doh. There was an area set up with nail polish for manicures and pedicures (thanks, Aunt Teresa for taking that station!). I also brought up the bin of dress-up clothes for the kids to play with, along with Kirsten's doll house, some dolls, and clothes. There was also a puzzle table. There were also plenty of balloons and space to run around and have "balloon fights".

All in all, there were 5 little girls and 2 boys (my son and another brother of one of Kirsten's friends). Everyone had a pretty good time it seemed, especially the birthday girl.

2 comments:

Betsy said...

What a fun party this looks like! Great post idea--I'm always looking for healthy kid party fare. Last year we did a salad bar for Evie (her request!) and everyone loved it. Plus kids seemed much more calm. Interesting!

Marfa said...

Sounds nice, mostly homemade food...which I love! Now, if we could ask for all local stuff...gifts included. I was shocked at how many things were "made in China," after my daughter's last birthday party.