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Ella girl turned two last week and we celebrated her birthday with a Winne the Pooh party. Ever since going to Disney she’s been totally smitten with Pooh, so it was alot of fun planning her Pooh birthday party and food. I always go overboard and get way too invested in their parties and have to reign myself in. I mean just how elaborate does it really need to be? It doesn’t. However, I love the excuse to be creative and it’s fun to have a special day to bless your kid! Instead of making it big like we usually do we had a smaller family gathering and it was just perfect for this age.
Anyone wonder why I waited to do whole30 until the 5th of the month? I wanted to enjoy s slice of gluten-free cake with our birthday girl. More on that in a bit. Now, for some pictures!
Here’s what we did:
I just flipped an old picnic basket on its side and added Pooh, a picture, and a red balloon. The balloon was helium and was SO adorable when Pooh was holding it up, but it stopped floating literally thirty minutes before the party. Bummer. If you go with this idea ask them to give you a smaller red balloon and have someone run and get the balloons right before the party!
These are white chocolate covered strawberries dyed orange to look like carrots from Rabbit’s garden. The strawberries definitely were a hit and are gluten-free. The best part is you can make them the day before. If you have a soy allergy you may have to come up with another idea. I couldn’t find white chocolate without soy lecithin. Also, don’t do what I did and buy the cheap white chocolate bar. Yuck! It didn’t melt well. Buy good melting chocolate and make it easy for yourself, so you don’t have to do a late night run to Kroger.
I was surprised by how much of the veggies were eaten! I bought the Kale Hummus at Sprouts, so this obviously required very little prep, which is a major win on party day! I tend to run around like my head’s cut off the hour before reminding kids that, “yes, you have to wear a shirt and no, let’s wait to eat the cake until guests arrive” so anything to save my sanity is very welcome.
In may May’s issue of Food Network they had a tutorial on how to make your own queso without processed cheese (yay!) and we love it. Every time I make it for people it’s a huge hit. Just melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a cast iron skillet and stir in a teaspoon of corn starch. Add 1/3 cup of milk and stir well. Add a block of cream cheese (cut up) and stir. Add in a drained can of diced tomatoes and chilies. Stir. Add 1 1/3 cups of sharp cheddar cheese. Stir well. Take off heat.
I like to give party favors that aren’t just pure junk and hopefully, the kids will use. That said, I also like to give frugal party favors! 😉 I went to the dollar store and found Pooh coloring books and Pooh math books for the older kids. I used washi tape to attach Princess crayons to the girl’s coloring books and Star War’s crayons to the boys. I put the books in a farmer’s basket I have that I usually keep our produce in. Super easy!
This Pooh banner cost me a dollar. No joke. I bought Pooh flash cards at the dollar store and cut the words off. We (my sweet sister came to help!) hole punched them and strung them on twine. Done! Ella loved the banner of course.
The Hundred Acre Wood Carrot Cake was delicious. This was the very first time I’ve ever been brave enough to make a gluten-free and soy-free cake to serve for a special occasion. Guess what! People didn’t know. My Aunt asked if it was hard to make a cake I couldn’t eat. I giggled and said, “well, actually I can!” I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour and followed this recipe for the carrot cake.
I just made a traditional cream cheese icing ( with the exception of a little less sugar and an additional teaspoon of vanilla, because vanilla). I did 3 layers and was happy with the results. I had to finish icing it in a rush, but decided I was going for a rustic look anyway!
She wasn’t quite sure what to think of the smoke but knew exactly what to think about the cake. I caught her trying to get herself a second piece!
We sat out Eeyore next to the favors because we already owned him. Don’t forget to search your kid’s rooms for decorations!
“Pin the Tail on Eeyore” was a hit. None of the kids had ever played pinned the tail on the donkey before. It was cute to watch! I found a printable on Etsy for about $5!
Ella unwrapping her baby stroller. She loves this thing. She walks around the house and piles it with toys. She then pushes it around the house until everything falls out and exclaims, “oops!” and repeats this process for what seems like hours! I’d highly recommend this for a two-year-old girl.
And of course, nothing is complete without a fun thematic sign! This was really fast to make.I used some old boards my Dad had laying around in the garage and we just used a sharpie to write the words. Yay for Family help all around!