FRIDAY PHOTOS: Monkey see, monkey do — a gluten-free baby shower for not one but two!

Last summer my celiac sister threw me a “Pinterest Perfect” bridal shower.

(she made these lemonade bevies from ultra-washed beer bottles and hand stamped labels)

People raved about the food — all of it was gluten-free, of course… but no one cared a bit.

So next up is a baby shower right?

Yep.

Not mine silly, a baby shower for my sister. πŸ™‚

And not one baby, but TWO.

Perfect for a “monkey see, monkey do” brunch.

Rice Krispie Cupcakes

Just the regular recipe for the treats (using GF rice krispies,of course) molded into mini-muffin pans and topped with frosting.

Mini Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

For the muffins, I used my grandma’s banana bread recipe and some Cup4Cup gluten-free flour mix.

“Monkey Munch” S’mores MixΒ 

1 box honey-nut Chex cereal

1 bag mini marshmallows

1 package (or more if you’d like) chocolate chips, or Nestle chocolate chunks

Combine the three ingredients in a large bowl. Boom. Done.

Yogurt Bar

I jazzed it up with some little canning jars, tied with colored ribbon.

Strawberries, blueberries, Granny Smith apples (which are phenomenal with vanilla yogurt) and Almond & Dried Cherry Granola from Ginger Lemon Girl.Β I knew these little nibbles would layer beautifully with the yogurt in the taller jars, rather than just plopping it all into a bowl.

You can take simple ingredients and make it look fancy. πŸ™‚

Speaking of taking something simple and making it spectacular — these Cinnamon Roll Waffles were ridiculously good, they kind of stole the show. I used this recipe for the two sauces and Gluten-Free Bisquick for the waffles. (before the shindig, I made waffles for my nephews using Pamela’s flour mix and they loved them, so either would work)

You should make these for your family this weekend.

Mini banana splits for dessert. (again, anything mini and I’m on it)

Just like at my shower, people couldn’t stop talking about the food. I always joke that GF really means good food. Agreed?

Those two little peanuts are arriving any day now — fingers crossed they wait a couple more weeks, but can hardly wait to meet them! And isn’t my sister just beautiful? (this was a month and a half ago — imagine that baby belly now!)

And finally….

These cookies weren’t served up at either shower, BUT they could be delivered to your front door in the very near future. I’m having a cookie auction over on my Facebook page — and the two highest bidders win a batch of these babies. All of the proceeds go to my fundraising efforts for my Team GF 5k on May 19th. Head over and place a bid. Or maybe cookies aren’t your thing (is that even possible?) in which case you can just give a monetary donation on my fundraising page. My goal is $1000 this year — can you help me get a grand?

Have you ever been to a totally gluten-free shower? It’s pretty swell. What do you do if you’re going to a shower/party? Call ahead and ask about options? Hide crackers in your purse?Β 

10 thoughts on “FRIDAY PHOTOS: Monkey see, monkey do — a gluten-free baby shower for not one but two!

  1. Howdy! Would you mind if I share your blog with my twitter group?
    There’s a lot of folks that I think would really appreciate your content. Please let me know. Cheers

  2. My mom is turning 60 this summer, do you want to help with the party planning? Can I hire you to cater/decorate/coordinate the shin-dig? Please, please, pretty please, with a cherry on top!

  3. Wow – wish you were MY sister! I thought the gf rice krispie cupcakes were adorable… definitely stealing that for our next party. All the best to your sister – she’s going to need you very soon!

  4. I can’t believe no one has left a reply yet. Well, I guess I’m the first! πŸ™‚ I think this baby shower was so awesome! I didn’t have a shower with my little one (he’s my 8th, no one seemed interested in throwing me one, and no one seemed interested in coming to one. so I didn’t bother), But I went to my cousins baby shower. I had some fresh fruit and veggies from the platter. Usually, any ‘party’ will have a ‘light’ option for women trying to watch their weight, so I count on that. I will sometimes eat a little something before I go so I am not famished and too tempted. πŸ™‚ I attend a La Leche League meeting once a month. At first, no one was bringing snacks, so I decided to do it. I always make sure there is a GF option for me, but I also realize some people might not like my GF crackers, so I’ll bring some regular crackers (like Ritz) for them. Some things I like to bring is fresh cut fruit, crackers, cheese cubes, apple juice, maybe a veggie platter, and sometimes I’ll bring little slices of meat too (fast and easy is my game, I sometimes will pick up some veggie and fruit platters at the grocery store. And there will be no waste because my kids will eat what we don’t, lol). Everyone is happy I am bringing something to snack on, while I know it is safe to eat. I just can’t see having a breastfeeding meeting without nourishing those mommas! lol. πŸ™‚

    • Wow, eight little blessings — kudos to you, mama! I am the same way, there is almost always fruit and veggies that I count on. πŸ™‚ And great idea to start brining snacks to the meeting with other mamas, need to keep you all well fed to provide for the little ones.

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