Updated: Oct 5, 2019
Our middle-little turned 4 this year and he requested construction trucks for his party. Like most little boys, he loves construction trucks! Nothing is quite as cute as hearing him sing along with Blippi's excavator song.
My first order of business was finding suitable paper plates, plastic ware and the like. Discount Party Supplies was great for my youngest son's Viking Birthday, so I picked out plates, cups, the party favor blowers, cupcake toppers, and traffic cone candles from them. The plastic flatware, tablecloths, little plastic traffic cones, and the caution tape all came from Dollar Tree, which is probably my favorite store when planning parties. I even got lots of stuff from them when I planned my own wedding!
We had 18 guests in total, so I needed to pick foods that were easy to make ahead and heat up when it was time. I finally settled on making beef meatballs as the main dish. I made 10 pounds worth of them the day before the party, then tossed them into the crockpot prior to party time to get up to heat. I also made three sauces for people to choose from: sweet'n'sour, smokey BBQ and buffalo sauce.
Coleslaw was the easiest side dish I could come up with that would go with meatballs and be great to make ahead of time. Since coleslaw actually tastes better after it's had a day or two to marinate in the dressing, I made it two days before the party and gave it a stir 2-3 times per day until party time.
In addition to the birthday cake, I also made pumpkin pie bites and lemon chia bars I made the little labels for them on paint shop, along with the labels for the 100% juice. Brake fluid was grape juice, diesel was apple juice and the coolant was pineapple juice. The kids thought it was pretty funny telling the adults they were drinking brake fluid.
The cake was made from my favorite coconut flour recipe from Powerhungry.com! It's a cupcake recipe but works just as well in a cake pan. I made delicious brownies. crumbled them, and pressed them into a simple palm shortening whipped frosting to be the 'dirt' under the little construction toys from the dollar tree.
The brownie 'dirt' was so delicious that our non-paleo friend thought I had made it from Oreo cookies.
Chewy Paleo Brownies
4 ounces 100% chocolate
3 large eggs
1 cup coconut sugar
1/3 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup flax meal
1/3 cup refined coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large pinch of salt
Chop up the chocolate bar roughly and place in a bowl along with the coconut oil.
Melt them in the microwave (in increments of 30 seconds, with stirring in between to prevent scorching) or in a double boiler on the stove.
Mix in the rest of the ingredients except the eggs.
Once well combined, mix in the eggs thoroughly.
For a silicone muffin tin - bake at 350 F for 20-25 minutes. For an 8x8 pan - bake at 350 F for 30-35 minutes.