My sweet girl is four. And, I wanted it to be special, to feel celebratory. I decided to give a try at party food that was 95% paleo. I think it worked!
(Super Hero Pumpkins!)
To be honest, it has taken me a long time to have the mental energy to tackle paleo-style birthday parties. It is hard enough feeding a family of five paleo meals seven days a week. I just wasn’t ready for the overhaul that it would take. But, now my youngest is 20 months old, I have been paleo for over a year, and I have more capacity to try new things. (Just in case you thought I was a hero of health – all through the past year birthdays have still meant pizza and ice cream cake!)
Here was our menu:
Organic, Nitrate-free Hot Dogs
Strawberries and Red Grapes
Veggie Tray with Baba Ganoush
Dark Chocolate Coconut Flour Cake with Chocolate Ganache Frosting from The Food Lovers’ Primal Palate – Bill’s Birthday Cake
I took each birthday guest (ranging from ages 1-6) through the line and let them pick which foods they were willing to try. Some only had grapes and a hot dog. Their choice. My kiddos had some of everything because that’s what we do around here.
Everyone at the party was surprised and pleased with how tasty the grain-free chocolate cake was. It was really nice. The ganache frosting was great – I just poured it on too early and it flowed off the cake a bit while I was spreading it (see their awesome pic with normal frosting + recipe here). The texture was moist, the flavor was great and it didn’t hurt our tummies afterward. We will definitely repeat it for future celebrations.
(PS – the sugar flowers were NOT paleo, but very much appreciated by my four-year old :))
All in all, it was a wonderful day. It brings me joy to know that we can still have a great time, with fun food memories, without totally forgetting our typical way of eating. I would say someone looks pleased, wouldn’t you?
A very scary lion enjoyed his share of the birthday food, too!
(photos: outdoorcookingmagic.com, 123rf.com, tiny-morsels.blogspot.com)