E expressly told me for her (3rd) birthday on August 26th that she did not want cupcakes, she wanted a “real” cake. This was my first try and it was really good! Everyone seemed to enjoy it.
After the family birthday we headed over the Atomic #7 near the Galleria mall — they make vegan ice cream custom and with allergen free bowls (upon request). The owner, Ginger, is so nice and will let you examine any of her ingredients. You can make, say, a creation with just rice milk, sugar, and gluten free vanilla and they’ll use liquid nitrogen to cool the bowl as they mix (the mixers are kitchenaids). Really awesome to see my baby girl eating a treat in an ice cream parlor. Food is so social so I do want her to experience things like other kids.
One of the gifts she received were these story cards (amazon affiliate link) where you can make up a variety of stories using the prompts from the images on the cards. She really loves them and is coming up with more and more original stories each time. Only one of the cards that I can recall has a picture of a dinner with some meat in it but otherwise they are veg friendly.
I have a three year old! She chose a dinosaur balloon as her birthday balloon. I have to say it made me proud. I asked her what she wished the other day when I gave her an eyelash to blow on and she said she wished the eyelash would blow away. Sounds good. She blew all her candles out herself, she really is growing up.