Last year we had "Baby Fruits & Vegetables" as the party theme (I got him the honeybee birthday ring ornament from Nova Natural) and we invited over all of my adult friends who had offered the kids and me so much support when we were living in the battered women's shelter in Mar/Apr. We had a big picnic in the yard and a seed packet swap, and celebrated our safe return home. So the recipe focus was fresh produce. Zac's "cake" was a blackberry and pound cake trifle with an amazing ginger syrup.
This year we are doing an extended family party, with aunts and uncles and cousins and grandparents, and I think the recipe focus is again going to be fresh produce because I have several people coming who have diabetes. As far as the theme for party goods and the birthday ring, I'm thinking train. The City of New Orleans comes through our town and Zac just loves to hear the train whistle blow. He signs "train" every time.
train birthday ring ornaments - Nova Natural
Searching for diabetes-friendly desserts, I've found the following options:
- Grilled Stone Fruit
plums, peaches, nectarines, olive oil, Greek yogurt
- Whole-Grain Strawberry-Cherry Crisp
whole wheat flour, old-fashioned rolled oats, unsweetened coconut flakes, brown sugar, salt, coconut oil, strawberries, cherries
- Berries with Buttermilk and Honey
cold buttermilk, ice, honey, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, fresh mint
- Yogurt and Jam Fools
heavy cream, Greek yogurt, jam
- Fresh Fruit with Applesauce-Sweetened Tahini
tahini, unsweetened applesauce, honey, mango, black grapes, plums, citrus fruits, toasted unsweetened coconut flakes
- Date Shake Popsicles
Greek yogurt, pitted dried dates, cinnamon, low-fat milk
- Tropical Fruit Parfait
kiwis, mangoes, pineapple, low-fat yogurt, toasted sliced almonds
- Cantaloupe with Honey and Lime
cantaloupe, honey, lime
- Strawberry Oat Bars
pitted dried dates, raw macademia nuts, old-fashioned rolled oats, sea salt, strawberries
- Lemon Cream with Blackberries
lemon zest, lemon juice, honey, silken tofu, blackberries
- Frozen Honey Cream
heavy cream, wildflower or orange blossom honey, egg yolks
- Neapolitan Horchata (this is a drink)
rice milk, agave nectar, cinnamon, salt, ice, strawberries, semisweet chocolate
They ALL sound so good! How will I ever decide what to serve??? Now I'm off to buy him some cute train pajamas for birthday bedtime!
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