My son just turned 4. It was a big day. He is my oldest and I get emotional at every birthday. I remember being pregnant with him, I remember when he came into the world, I remember feeling shit-scared bringing him home!
And here we are. Four years later.
He was the inspiration to improve our family’s diet. I wanted to nourish him and give him the best. Isn’t that the job of parents? I’m proud of how far we have come but know that there are still many ways I can improve what he eats.
Anyway, the party. He’s obsessed with superheroes – spiderman in particular. So a spiderman party it was. I am not hugely creative so please know this is not a particularly ‘pinterest worthy’ party!! But it worked and was enjoyed by all, so that’s good.
Here’s what was on the menu at his morning tea birthday party:
- Chocolate-chip cookies
- Fruit skewers
- Freshly popped popcorn
- Veggies sticks with dip (tuna dip and hummus from tmx EDC cookbook)
- Banana muffins (brought by a friend)
Then – the Cake!
Two layers of my easy one bowl cake, with cream in the middle and covered in a cream cheese icing (500g cream cheese, 100ml of maple syrup and a tsp of vanilla bean paste, blended until smooth). Then I used long licorice cut into thin strips to make the web (and a few fake spiders for effect!)
And in party bags went some gingerbread men that my boy and I had made together a few days before. I will blog this recipe soon (it’s a tweaked version of one I found online). Hope none of the junior guests complained about lack of lollies – too bad if they did!
A mum actually said she had another party to go to in the afternoon and was so grateful that her kids wouldn’t be on a crazy sugar roller-coaster all day. My kids go nuts at parties when they see all the sugary food (fair enough – so do I – it’s hard to practice self-control in those situations). So I just prefer not to provide it.
I don’t think my son felt like he missed out – his party was super exciting for him – he hardly looked at the food!
We made super-hero masks, played with super-hero playdough, played pass-the-parcel and had to ‘find the spiders’ hidden in the grass. We had the party in a park across the road from our house.
I was absolutely pooped by the end of it. In truth, not many people ate the veggie sticks and dip – but that was cool – we had it for dinner with bacon and eggs!
If you have any good tips and tricks for making kids birthday parties a low-sugar affair – write them below!