|Reid's 1st birthday sign, in the shape of a tree!|
Thankfully, my locavore lifestyle inspired me along the way to have a 100 mile diet theme for my son's first birthday that was also eco-friendly. If he had stayed in to cook a little longer I was hoping for an earth day celebration party but since he came a few weeks earlier than expected, I thought what could be more perfect for my barefoot boy than a locavore party! Not like he really understood, but I thought it was a grand idea!
|the invitations cut from a local birch branch|
Unfortunately, spring did not arrive as soon as I had hoped, which left me scavenging for frozen foods such as rhubarb and raspberries (both local!) and greenhouse veggies to serve at the party (thank goodness for those local greenhouses!). My creativity got the best of me and my sanity slowly slipped away.
We had homemade potato chips made with local Canadian potatoes and rendered lard (from a perth pork pig) homemade popcorn from local organic kernels, rhubarb punch (raspberries from McCully's farm & frozen rhubarb from Dallas), homemade onion dip (sour cream from Hewitt's dairy), local spelt bread from Golden Hearth, local apple cider and apple butter, & carrot cake cupcakes with a number of local ingredients, sweetened with Snyder's Heritage Farm Maple Syrup. I definitely had my work cut out for me. But thanks to the help of my father, (a mandolin and a food processor) the food came out splendidly - and was a hit! Oh, the candle was even made locally with local beeswax!
Although not everyone who attended the party knew all the details of just how environmentally friendly and 100 mile diet conscientious I was, the guests (and host!) had a great and hopefully memorable time. We made sure to take lots of pictures of our little man eating two, or was it three, cupcakes.
|Reid enjoying his 1st cupcake|
If you are interested in hosting a 100 mile diet or locavore party yourself, I encourage you to find local foods, bakers, even candlestick makers! Shop at second hand stores to try and find cloth napkins or for knick knacks for the party. You do not have to make everything from scratch. You can choose to only serve 100% local foods or just 50%, the choice is really yours. Every little bit helps to protect our planet. What foods would you serve at a 100 mile diet party?
Party favour ideas for older children: reusable snack bags!
This post was entered into Monday Mania 41st edition at the Healthy Home Economist