We've sure had a busy and fun week of birthday celebrations! It was Little Guy's 3rd birthday this past week, and we had his birthday party this weekend. But it wasn't any old birthday party. It was a FIREMAN birthday party.
We had his 3rd birthday party at a local firehouse, and it worked out wonderfully! Fireman was the game of choice for Little Man throughout year 2, so we thought it would be appropriate to "ring in" year 3 with a fireman birthday party!
|Little Guy "driving" a firetruck at his 3rd birthday party!|
|Fireman Daddy at Little Guy's 3rd Birthday Party|
The fireman-themed gift bags were simple yet fun and were filled with fireman stickers, a fireman pencil, a water squirter and allergy-friendly DumDum lollipops.
We also had a make-your-own fireman badge as a craft. It was something for the kids to do when they weren't eating, touring the firetrucks, or running around!
And we of course had FOOD. Since most of my blog posts are about food and how we manage Little Guy's multiple food allergies, I of course can't forget the FOOD! With a lot of help from my Mom, we had a nice array of yummy, healthy and allergy-friendly foods including:
- Veggies and sesame-free hummus
- Salsa and chips
- Glutino pretzels
- Baked ham
- Roasted turkey
- Three bean salad from this recipe
- Quinoa pasta salad - I'll post the recipe another day
- Fruit salad
- Enjoy Life cookies
- Vanilla birthday cake with vanilla frosting (gluten free and vegan)
- Chocolate cupcakes with vanilla frosting (gluten free and vegan)
So why don't we get to the best part?
Mmmm, the cake.
Despite it saying "Birthday Happy" as my hubby pointed out (oh well :) , I was happy with how it turned out and tasted. It honestly tasted just as good - if not better - than a traditional birthday cake made with eggs, butter and white flour.
I made both the vanilla cake and chocolate cupcakes with Betty Crocker Gluten Free cake mix to keep it easy. I substituted applesauce for the eggs and followed all the directions. It turned out moist and delicious!
I ended up making the cupcakes at the last minute. I wanted to add red sprinkles to these to go with the fireman theme, but I couldn't find any allergy-friendly red sprinkles. I also thought it was better to go with pure white icing instead of adding fake and unhealthy red food dye.
|Gluten-free, egg-free and dairy-free birthday cupcakes|
Little Guy and Grandma had fun cutting his 3rd birthday cake and we ALL had fun eating it!
Happy 3rd Birthday to Little Guy!
Here are examples of some of the things we used to make it a fun and festive fireman themed 3rd birthday party!