a gluten-free baby shower

Amys Gluten Free Pantry

Five years after host­ing a wed­ding shower for my niece Erin, I was delighted to be throw­ing her a baby shower. We had 22 guests for a fully gluten-free lun­cheon, com­plete with appe­tiz­ers and drinks, and vanilla straw­berry cup­cakes with fluffy cream cheese frosting.

The point is, enter­tain­ing on a grand gluten-free scale is very do-able. Like any party, it takes a bit of plan­ning, but at the end of the day, no one real­ized they’d had a meal sans gluten. Because it was a warm sum­mer day, we went Mediter­ranean fea­tur­ing Gar­lic Rose­mary Chicken, along with Tzatziki, Saf­fron Rice, Roasted Car­rots and a huge Greek Salad with Greek Vinai­grette. For appe­tiz­ers, we munched on gluten-free crack­ers with a tangy Hum­mus, Kala­mata olives and lightly salted almonds, washed down with a citrus-laden White San­gria, with iced tea for the mother-to-be. Straw­berry Cup­cakes pro­vided a sweet finish.

It was a lovely after­noon filled with clink­ing glasses, oohs and ahhs at the tiny baby clothes and the unmis­tak­able coos and gur­gles of our two youngest guests. The food was man­age­able and healthy and I was able to enjoy myself even in the midst of host­ing a party. And yes, I even had time to coo back at the babies and do that crazy thing that moth­ers of older chil­dren do…I smelled their heads. Don’t judge me until you’ve got­ten a good whiff. It’s heaven.

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One Response to a gluten-free baby shower

  1. Erin says:

    My baby shower was unbe­liev­ably won­der­ful in every way. I can’t thank you enough and the food…INCREDIBLE!!

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