Having just held a birthday party for my son this weekend I thought it might be useful to share what food we had. I did a ‘buffet’ style meal for fourteen 5 year olds that was gluten-free and mainly dairy-free too. Lots of the things I made ahead and froze.
So here we go! Gluten-free (& dairy-free) party food ideas for kids (and big kids)!
This year I decided that as my son had loved the space topic they had done at school, his party could be loosely space themed.
So, first up a rocket birthday cake!
I made this by combining a few ideas together that I had gathered on the internet. There was a very good template for those who like such things (I like freehand myself), along with decorating instructions on taste’s website. I used that idea combined with a few pictures I found on Google to come up with mine. This was a pretty easy cake to make because I made a double quantity of my cake mix that you can find here in a 23cm x 30cm tin. I then cut out the shape and decorated it. Everything you need to know about making the cake and the icing can be found in the above link!
Chicken nuggets – using my recipe and Sacla dairy-free and gluten-free pesto.
Pizza – using my recipe. Leave the cheese off if you want a dairy-free option! I did one cheese and tomato and the other pesto with chorizo and mozzarella.
Sausages – I bought Tesco Finest cocktail sausages wrapped in bacon. If you cannot get these then M&S do cocktail sausages as do Sally’s Sizzling Sausage Company. However I have never tried either!
Sandwiches – using Genius white bloomer bread and filled with dairy-free spread, ham, ham and cheese (for those that could have dairy) and peanut butter.
Vegetable sticks – thinly sliced vegetables such as carrots, peppers and cucumber with houmous and pesto mayonnaise dips (made by combining dairy-free gluten-free pesto with mayonnaise!).
Cheese on sticks – for my little cheese monster (obviously not for those with a dairy allergy)!
Cheese biscuits – using my recipe and cut out into star shapes. Again not suitable for those with a dairy allergy unless you have a good dairy-free cheese that you could use instead of the cheese. I have made them dairy-free but using Tesco dairy-free cheese which was awful!
Crisps – I had Seabrooks variety pack that are all gluten-free, some are dairy-free, along with Pom Bear zoo crisps at the request of my son (these are cheese flavoured so no good for those with dairy allergies).
For the sweet buffet I did:
Pineapple on sticks
Marshmallows (Tesco own) dipped in dairy-free chocolate with sprinkles on top:
Iced gem biscuits – using my recipe
Decorated ‘5’ biscuits and star and moon biscuits – using the same recipe as above.
Cupcakes (that my lovely mum made) – using the same recipe as the birthday cake, that you can find here.
Flying saucer sweets that I found in Iceland! A retro favourite!
So there you have it. A few ideas if you are struggling to think of what to make for a kids (or adults) party if there is someone with coeliac disease, an allergy or intolerance to gluten or an allergy or intolerance to dairy…Enjoy!