Much of the time I feel like food allergies is such a negative part of our lives. I spend the majority of my time checking food items, planning meals, and worrying about situations beyond my control. However, food allergies don’t always have to be a death sentence.
My son JN just turned one in May. For months I dreaded it, after witnessing other children who react after their first bites of birthday cake, not with joy and excitement, but with itching, hives, and the inability to breathe. Since his older brother DR is already diagnosed with both an egg and peanut allergy we knew that we could not go the traditional birthday route with cake and candies, but we still wanted to make it fun.
For DR’s first birthday we did the traditional smash cake photos and did not want JN to be left out. So our alternative to the traditional cake smash was a watermelon smash which gave birth to JN’s “One-in-a-Melon” themed birthday. Click the link to view the photo gallery by the amazing Ashley Brown of E&J photography: One in a Melon. We had so much fun planning and implementing this party and photo shoot. All of it was allergy-free.
We did end up making cupcakes, but they were of course allergy-free (except for wheat, which could easily be done).