Hungry Caterpillar Party

Birthday parties and allergies can be a very tricky combination! One awesome way around some of the challenges is to theme it around a beautiful children’s book, which can help take some of the emphasis off the food. For my most allergenic child’s 1st birthday I chose a Hungry Caterpillar theme. Even though she couldn’t eat any of the food (she could only tolerate 4 foods at that stage: chicken, rice, pear and Watties Carrots and rice in a wasn’t fun, trust me!), I made 99% of the food egg and dairy free so my other daughter could stay safe( from memory, there was a plate of cheese and a couple of decorations on the cake that weren’t but she was old enough to trust).

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I basically made all the food listed in the book..with a bit of a twist. So we had candied apples, pear and almond tart, fresh plums , strawberry and lemon curd sable biscuit sandwiches (I know!  Yum!), jellied oranges, chocolate gateau, ice-cream cones filled with homemade marshmallow, gherkins, Swiss cheese (the only non allergy-friendly item!), pork salami (I now use venison salami though), lollipops, cherry pie, some saveloys I got made by a local butchery that were just pork (they closed down unfortunately!), dairy and egg free cupcakes, and fresh watermelon slices.

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I also made up some cute signs for the food and some green caterpillar juice (lemonade coloured green).



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os birthday party 066I’m also mad enough to attempt the odd sewing project so made the girls matching dresses and some cushions out of some Hungry Caterpillar fabric I found in a quilting shop….and Miss 3 is still wearing hers two and a half years later 🙂







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