It is our family tradition to have a big birthday party every other year. It works out nicely for us - this year the Beast and Little Sprout will have birthday parties, and next year the Drama Queen and the Spud will have their birthday parties, and so on. The Beast chose pirates as the theme for his party and was extremely excited to have his friends come over to his house. Because of his autism and sensory issues, in the past he has not handled birthday parties so well, especially those at loud and overcrowded places (think Chuck E. Cheese, for example). So I decided to host a party for him and his friends at our house - a place where we could control the environment, the noise level, etc.
Feingold Diet last week, meaning no artificial food colors, no artificial flavors, no preservatives, and the elimination of some salicylic foods, such as apples, oranges, tomatoes, grapes, etc. I ended up making chocolate cupcakes from scratch and decorated them to look like little treasure islands. The palm trees were plastic drink stirrers from the dollar store. The main dishes were ham'n'cheese pirate boats, and the side dishes were a fruit tray of mango, cantaloupe, pineapple, and kiwi, and a bowl of organic cheese fish snacks. The fruit, especially the mango, was the biggest hit!
here. Cap'n Blownapart made balloon swords and other balloon creatures for every pirate in attendance.
The kids left with their armloads of balloon swords and booty bags, and the Beast stimmed for an hour. It was worth it though to see him so excited and so proud to have his friends at his house. I think we found the right balance of excitement and calm for him so that he could really enjoy his day.