Sugar Free First Birthday Party

As part of our new diet regime I felt it was important to follow these principles through to Rowan’s First Birthday party. We had 30 adults coming and 16 children ranging from 0-7. We get most food from Riverford, so it is organic. What we decided to do was pulled pork (with a recipe from ‘I Quit Sugar’ by Sarah Wilson), crackling, chipolatas, white and brown rolls, salad, cucumber and carrot sticks with houmous dip, grated cheese, quiche, vegetarian sausage rolls, melon slices,  strawberries, raspberries, sugar free jelly, carob brownies made from ‘The Nourishing Traditions Cookbook for Children’ by Sally Fallon Morrell, imageand for the cake I made a coconut cake with date and cashew frosting from ‘The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Childcare’ by the same author. I decorated this with blueberries, and beeswax candles. For drinks we had coconut water, filtered water, sparkling water, apple juice, and tropical juice.

Seemed to go down well! Some of the principles were relaxed a bit, e.g. the juice, but the tropical juice went down the fastest, and was the best quality I could get. Given more time I would have made popcorn, homemade the quiche and sausage rolls, made sourdough rolls, gelatin jiggers and made lacto-fermented Oringina. However I felt I did quite well within the constraints of looking after a clingy one year old! Sugar free can be done! Although was quite tiring, was up until 11:30 the night before making brownies!

I tried to keep with biodegradable decorations too, streamers, pom poms, imagelatex balloons, happy birthday hessian bunting and cardboard piñata. The piñata presents were wooden toys, and parce the parcel had sugar free dried fruit sweets as presents. We had a paddling pool filled with balloons, a kids room and outside toys. Hope this gives some ideas! Would have also taken more pictures of the food if I was a bit better organised!

What’s in a name?

I chose the name of the site because a few people have called me earth mother, and it felt empowering, and how I felt I would like to be as a mother. Eastern because I am living in the most Easterly point of England, in Lowestoft, and because I have done a bit of travelling, and I am very influenced by Eastern philosophy. I hope I can give some tips to other like minded new mums! x