|2 years ("Chandler Smile")|
|2 years (real smile)|
This past year has been full of ups and downs with him, but he is back on track developmentally and thriving!! He was diagnosed with a milk protein allergy and is on a dairy-free diet, which can be frustrating, but the changes that we have seen in him make the effort worth it!
Bub doesn't like having a lot of attention placed on him. Last year, he seemed to melt down before our eyes during gift opening time. So we have small family affairs. Even though his parties are small, I still want to decorate and have the party atmosphere for him to separate his birthday from Christmas. His birthday is only 3 days before Christmas, so doing as my parents did and not decorating for the Holiday until after his birthday is not as feasible... so this is how I am giving him his day for now.
I gave him six options for a birthday party theme and let him pick which one he wanted. He chose Mickey Mouse! I was so excited for this theme as I figured I could DIY most of it!
For the banner, I hung a yellow table cloth and hot glued a felt Mickey silhouette to it. I used two different sized oatmeal containers to trace circles onto black felt and free-hand drew a "2" onto red felt. Super easy. Super simple.
We wanted to keep as much as possible dairy-free when it came to the food options. I wanted him to pretty much be able to eat anything that was offered. It IS his party, after all! :) Going with the Mickey Mouse theme, we served hot dogs & mini corn dogs to allude to the "Hot Dog" song on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. To expand on that, we also had a chili bar. There was cheese and sour cream on this bar, but that was all the dairy at the party. :) For dessert, we had marshmallow pops dipped in dairy-free chocolate that I found at Trader Joes (semi-sweet chocolate chips) and had my mom ship to me. (Thanks Mom!!!) I should note that if you are highly allergic to dairy, these "MAY CONTAIN DAIRY" because they are packaged in a plant that packages milk chocolate chips. Bub is able to handle things that are produced in facilities that handle dairy, so this was not a concern for us.
I also made mini-cupcakes using almond milk and vegan butter with cake mix. To darken the frosting, I used Wilton black icing dye in classic chocolate frosting. For ears, Mini Oreos.
Everything was super easy. Frosting the cupcakes probably took the most time! FYI, one box of cake mix makes a bit more than 50 mini cupcakes... I stopped at 50 and threw away the rest of the batter. :) There were WAY more than enough for 10 of us. :)
Bub approved!! He did much better this year than last! He was still slightly overwhelmed with 9 sets of eyes being on him, but he didn't hide this year! Progress!!! Maybe next year he can have friends over!
Happy birthday, Bub!!
Until next time!