This is my journey in keeping my family happy and healthy.
In this day and age, what parent knows best what to do and how to care for their family?
There are so many conflicting ideas, so much wisdom, and so many paths.
It is here that I will compile information on what I have learned and the choices I am making.
Maybe my path will help others.... or not. Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Planning a 2 Year Old's Birthday Extravaganza... or making sure kids AND parents have fun!

So my kiddo's 2nd birthday is coming up in a few months, and I feel like I want to make it special. Last year we didn't have a party at all. I wasn't too worried about it, she was only 1. She wouldn't remember it, and at that age, the party is really for the adult attendees and not the kid. But this year, she's fully conscious and aware of her world, and I think it would be a great year to start making her birthday rituals.

So to start, it's important to me that there be good, healthy food. That there be fun, creative, eco-minded activities or crafts. And that the parents have just as much fun as the kids.

I'm planning a kid menu, activities/crafts for the kids, an adult menu, and beverages for all age groups. Here are some ideas I have so far:

Kids Menu-
Lemon Bars
Fruit salad in coconut yogurt
Mini pizzas on whole wheat sourdough
Sweet potato fries
Frozen banana "ice cream"
Pita with hummus

Adult Menu-
Orzo salad
Frittata (veggies, and one with ham or sausage)
Roasted small potatoes in olive oil, rosemary and garlic
Green salad

Kids Activities-
Finger painting with homemade finger paints (or these yummy edible finger paints)
Playing with homemade play dough
Having a wading pool

Lavender Lemonade

Still brainstorming!!!

What ideas do you have? I'm looking forward to hearing some great ideas!


  1. Okay, so I am SO doing this Faux-jito recipe!!


    Juice of 2 limes, and resulting lime pieces, cut into wedges (organic is best)
    4-5 large fresh mint leaves (organic is best)
    About ½-1 tsp of maple syrup, or honey
    Sparkling mineral water (about 6 oz)

    In a tall glass, add lime juice, and wedges of juiced lime. Tear mint leaves by hand into small pieces and place in glass. Top with sweetener of choice. Using a long handled spoon, bruise the mint and lime wedges, mixing everything well. This will release the oils from the mint and lime peel. Fill glass with sparkling mineral water and ice, stir and serve.

  2. Oh, I'm also thinking it might be better to have a pot-luck rather than being on the hook for making ALL the food myself. Additionally, I'm thinking of not having gifts be a part of the Birthday, just food and festivities.

    What would you do?


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