My gluten-free kid turned 9 this week. We celebrated with our family at Maggiano’s with a wonderful gluten-free rice pasta meal on his actual birthday but he also wanted to celebrate with his buddies. So begins another difficult part of having a kid with Celiac Disease and food allergies. Most birthday parties for kids his age, or any age for that matter are focused around food – pizza parties, taking friends out to dinner, hot dogs and mac-n-cheese, etc. You know how it is.
I am forced to get creative every year so the food isn’t the central theme. This year my gluten-free kid wanted a low key get together with his 2 best pals and we went with a Napoleon Dynamite theme. We served a taco bar so that everybody could take what they wanted and the gluten-free kid could take safe food without it being too noticeable or different. Then I served the pumpkin bars that I posted last week along with Fruity Pebbles treats just in case his friends didn’t like the gluten-free pumpkin bars.
My worst fear is always that his friends will say something gluten-free tastes bad and that it will really hurt the gluten-free kid’s feelings because it is something that he loves. Well, his friends loved everything we offered last night and even asked for seconds on the gluten-free pumpkin bars.
After eating, the boys watched Napoleon Dynamite in the cheesy Napoleon iron-on t-shirts I made them and listened to the soundtrack I burned for each of them. They had a fun time and the food wasn’t an issue at all. My gluten-free kid was happy and is already thinking about turning 10!
How do you celebrate with food restrictions?