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Birthday party – let them eat cake?

In Yes / No on 11 April 2012 at 4:34 pm

Till now my son’s birthdays have been family affairs but this time we’re inviting his friends to a party in a park, taking a home-made cake without added sugar. My cousin says this is not a “real” birthday party and guests will be disappointed. Of course I want everyone to have fun, but without the junk.  Am I asking too much?

– mother of a soon-to-be 4-year-old in Delhi

Chetana Amma has written about today’s birthday parties and how to fill them with simple pleasures.



  1. Dear mom of soon to be 4,

    Its so heartening to see so many moms doing no sugar and only whole foods. We recently celebrated my daughter’s birthday in an animal farm. The highlight of course where the donkeys, goats, sheep, rabbits. We had made all the snacks at home and baked our date-chocolate cakes ( a variation of this recipe- Aravinda Amma had suggested hummus sandwiches and tender coconuts which were a big hit. I had also baked some honey oatmeal cookies ( which the kids really enjoyed.

    I think its great that we are making an effort here to be different and say no to junk food.
    Hope you all have fun at the party!



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