How do you make a dino-mite party for a 3-year-old going on four when you’re living a busy life while also making the venue autism-friendly? The answer turned out to be easier than we thought. My only real question in the end?
Turning 4: How Can It Be?
(with cake recipe)
We had the party at a local daycare that also rents out for parties. They like to work with local families of children with all sorts of disabilities and we went out on Valentine’s Day thanks to them. When we came back to pick up our kids, the kids did not want to come back home because it was so fun there. It probably has something to do with the ball pit.
Either way, I did not need to clean my house like a mad woman to prepare for the party. I just made his cake and decorated it, and that took enough time, so I’m happy for the relief of not needing to clean my house. We just drove to the place and set up there. We had gluten-free (corn free) hot dogs and gluten free chips which naturally have no corn additives. No problem. We even set up a photo booth with funny faces for everyone to partake in, which the adults took part in more than the children, but who said adults can’t have fun at a birthday party?
Either way, the kids pretty much agreed the party rocked!
And the cake, of course, turned out well, despite my fears that it would fall flat. I used a mixture of wheat flour and coconut flour in it and substituted in coconut oil for shortening. The whole recipe, a spice cake, is included for your enjoyment. We got away from the gluten-free a little bit lately, but we’re sticking with the corn-free diet, so lack of corn starch in anything is the big deal when baking. We managed to avoid that, and still make some good cake.
The kids loved it and my friend’s son, who doesn’t eat anything but plain white cake, actually ate my cake and liked it. Apparently this should be considered a huge endorsement.
We had an easy-peasy party and everyone had a blast. I can’t say I’d do anything differently. We’ll probably do it the same way when Squeaker’s birthday comes up in October, but with a different theme. He loves the ball pit!
What are your favorite kinds of parties?