I’m trying to pull off an awesome birthday party for my husband this year. But it’s his first birthday since we discovered that he is both gluten and soy intolerant. It’s been a tough year, and we both have had to change the way we shop for food and our feelings about always eating together. On top of that, money has been tight, due to his doctor visits and because I’m still in school.
I feel like he deserves to have a wonderful birthday, where he doesn’t have to give a damn about worrying about what’s in his food. I figured if anyone would know about throwing a party for a nerd with dietary constrictions on a budget, the Offbeat Homies would know.
So how do you pull off an awesome low-budget, gluten-free, soy-free, worry-free birthday party? -Jackie
Hi! I’ve been gluten-free for a little over a year now. It was really hard at first as we love having weekly game nights with our friends. There’s always the worry that they’re not going to like gluten-free food, and they’re not going to be happy… wait… if it doesn’t taste good than I am not going to be happy either.
I have since learned to make a ton of things myself:
- We do build your own taco bars (giving people the option to use either corn or white flour tortillas)
- We make quesadillas
- Serve all-meat hot-dogs with homemade beans
- Build your own potato salad
- Always little bites of things like cheese, salami (read the ingredients), cherry tomatoes
- And I always provide crackers even if I don’t have any that are gluten-free
For a gluten free birthday party I try to make the cake myself, as many of the boxed mixes taste weird. I use the gluten free flour blend in this book: Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking and I have never had any problems with substituting that in place of flour in any recipe. Just remember that you need to make your own gluten-free baking powder. You can find the recipe on the internet and make a big batch to last awhile. It’s just baking soda and cream of tarter.
Since I started baking from that book my husband (who HATES gluten-free food) has been happily munching on the same bread that I have.
If you have any questions for a gluten-free foodie who throws a ton of get-togethers… let me know!