Friday, May 3, 2013

Gluten Free Baby Shower!

Hey Happy Tummies!

So as promised, I'm going to give you all the deets on throwing a Gluten Free Party!


Last weekend, I had the privilege of going to/helping host my sister-in-law's baby shower! And what fun it was! She's expecting a little girl later this summer! I'm so excited!



So we threw her a shower:) And she's gluten free, so it was a Gluten Free Baby Shower!



Throwing a gluten free party may seem like a daunting task, but let me assure you, with a little planning and creativity, you can pull it off with flair!


First, the non food:
A Diaper Cake...classic:)


We had an organic onsie-making station. The guests could decorate organic onsies for my Sis in Law to take home. They turned out so cute. 


We hung them from ribbons around the house.


OK, now for the FOOD!


We had one heck of a spread!
SAVORY:
Mini spinach quiche pops....recipe coming soon



Veggie cups with gluten free ranch dressing in the bottom - I made special ones sans ranch for Vegans


And the Vegan ones:


Beet and Sweet Potato chips - store bought (not pictured)
Shrimp w/ GFree Cocktail sauce


Cucumber rounds with Hummus


Caprese Skewer Bites - recipe coming soon




SWEET:

Baby Buggy Fruit Salad: made out of a watermelon


Organic Yogurt cups with GFree granola


Apple Pie Bites! My recipe here!


Kind Bar Bites w/ Raspberries (not pictured)
Meringues - store bought or homemade


Mini Cupcakes (GFree and Regular)


Bottle and Bib Cookies (NOT GFree)


Chocolate Chip Cookies in Paper Diapers (NOT GFree)



SNACKS:


Dark chocolate M&M's
Mixed nuts
Chocolate covered goji berries


DRINKS:

Mimosas


White Wine


Water with Lemon and Lime
Assorted Hot Teas




Other GFree ideas are Chocolate covered GFree pretzels; Homemade chex mix with rice chex, raisins, M&M's and almonds; Assorted cheeses with Mary's Gone Crackers; Olives; Dried fruit; Rice tortilla chips w/ salsa or guacamole; Popcorn; Chocolate drizzled popcorn; Chocolate covered strawberries; or Strawberries with fresh whipped cream; Cheese stuffed mushrooms; Babaganoush with veggies; Fondue with crudites; Ice cream sundae bar; GFree Rice Crispies; Oysters, Watermelon slices; Prosciutto wrapped melon, Falafel pops; Deviled eggs. The possibilites are endless!




Also, instead of everyone getting her a card, we had them get her a children's book with their name on it!
While she was opening the gifts, everyone played the "dirty diaper" game where different candy bars were melted in the microwave onto diapers. The diapers were passed around and everyone would write which candy bar they thought it was. The 3 winners received manicures at a local salon!



The shower was a huge success. We had so much fun showering my sister-in-law with love! A shower is a great occasion to make someone feel special and show them that you care.


And having a gluten free shower was so much easier than expected! Everyone loved the food! It was all gobbled up! There was truly something for everyone.




The next time you have a special occasion, use some of these ideas! They're super easy, and crowd pleasers! Head to your local party store and find some cute little containers to spruce up some veggies. Add a personal touch to the place settings. Use fresh flowers to brighten a room. Little details like that go a long way in dressing up a simple dish and make it seem extra special. And plus, everything feels fancy when you're wearing a Lily sundress:D


Do you like throwing a party?
Big announcement coming up! See you soon!


14 comments:

  1. Oh wow, that looks like such a blast! From the food to the decorations, you really thought of everything and went all-out here. It serious looks professionally catered- I can't believe what an abundant and varied spread you put out.

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    1. Thank you so much Hannah! It was a great weekend at home and I was so glad to be able to be there! Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  2. What an amazing spread you turned on. I'm visiting San Francisco in a few months time and will be helping my daughter with a morning tea spread for my granddaughter's christening while I'm there - there's a couple of ideas here I'll definitely be stealing.

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    1. Thank you so much! Oh fun! I hope you do! Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  3. You could be an event planner and caterer - in addition to all your other talents in the kitchen and on stage. :)

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    1. Haha gosh thank you so much Ingrid! That's really kind of you to say:) I hope you're having a fabulous weekend! Thanks for stopping by!!!

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  4. Wow, what a beautiful event!! Everything looks amazing, I'm sure it was so much work! Everything looks incredible and I agree with the above sentiments: you would make an amazing event organizer!!

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    1. Thank you so much Sarah! It was so much fun! I really have to give most ((if not all!)) of the credit to my mother. She's seriously the hostess with mostess:) haha I hope you had a great vacation!! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. All I can say is WOW! It looks so beautiful. My sister is throwing her daughter a birthday party for her first birthday and because my little girl is SCD, she wants to do it SCD & GF friendly. So this really helps! Looks like you all had a fantastic time. Congrats!

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    1. Thank you so much Michelle! I'm glad it helped! It's funny, because everyone, regardless of their diet, loved the food! I hope you have fun planning the party! THanks for stopping by! Happy Wednesday:)

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    1. THank you so much! I'll add you right now! THanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful Saturday!

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  7. Hi -- looks like quite the party -- you make it all look so easy! Would you please add me to your blog list -- sewphie1@sbcglobal.net Thank you!

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  8. I really loved these photographs. My cousin is looking to rent an event venue NYC. Actually she wants to host a grand baby shower for one of her friends. Please provide suggestions guys. The venue should be elegant and reasonably priced.

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