I just had to share little man’s gluten-free birthday party with you all. It was so much fun and he couldn’t have been more excited to see all the decorations and treats when he woke up. I should preface with how the party began. My little guy is obsessed with Nick Jr.’s Bakyardigans show and all the characters on it right now. He loves playing “Super Spy” with his brother and he walks around singing “It’s good to be good! It’s bad to be bad!” from the show. So when he told me that he wanted a Backyardigans party I didn’t really think much about it. That was until I went to the stores and couldn’t find ANYTHING Backyardigans themed not even a book or dvd! I finally lucked out and found a banner and plates on an end cap at our local party store. It was clearanced out apparently because nobody else wanted it. Worked for me! I had to then get creative with what our table display would be so I went to the home store and bought a 2×5 roll of sod to lay out on the table. It was great because it added texture and color. It also ended up being the holder for our cookie pops. Luckily, I had a Backyardigans book and my friend had the stuffed characters for the table. I then went on NickJr.com and printed out some of their characters for final touches. For games I printed out and a game, pin the glasses on Pablo, plus paper airplanes with the characters on them for doing airplane races.
Bob’s Red Mill makes the BEST gluten-free vanilla cake mix I have ever had so it was a no brainer to use that for the cupcakes. My friends (most not gluten-free) said they were so delicious and wanted to know what brand they were. We used those printed characters as cupcake toppers as well as colorful sprinkles. They turned out great!
We then made cookie pops using Kinnikinnick Kinnitoos vanilla cream cookies crushed plus one block of cream cheese. We rolled that mixture into balls then dipped them in melted white chocolate bark. Everybody loved these and we were happy to see them turn out so well. We have done this with the chocolate sandwich creams but this was our first time with vanilla. Birthday boy definitely approved.
Lastly, we made a rainbow cup of jello. Since Backyardigans is such a colorful show, we wanted to incorporate those colors into the party treats. While this took lots of time because you had to make each jello then pour it into the cup and let it set up for 30 min. or so before adding the next color, they turned out great and were very cheap as well. I would suggest letting them set up as long as possible before adding the next color or else you will have more of a tie dye jello cup like mine.
What are some of the party themes you have had? We would love to hear from you!