October 16, 2009

Spreading the Celiac Awareness - Part 2

As I mentioned earlier, October is Celiac Awareness month. Some people are lucky enough to live in an area where they can get involved at gluten free events and support groups. For those that live in towns without much gluten free activity going on, don't worry, you can still do your part!

The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness has many opportunities to get involved. One of the "sweetest" opportunities is volunteering to host a cupcake party. Cupcake parties can be held anywhere! All you have to do is send the NFCA your address and Pamela's Products will send you gluten free cake mixes, frosting, and some kitchen goodies to get started. Invite your friends and family, collect their donations (tax deductable), and start decorating!

My good friends, Alexandra and Kristin, decided to host a cupcake party with me. Kristin founded the Dilettante Society which features various experts sharing their talents and knowledge. She agreed it would be great to have Alexandra and I do a session on celiac disease and cupcake decorating since we are the gluten free experts. We invited our friends, got the drinks goin', and pulled out the sprinkles! We all had a great time and raised $165 for Celiac Awareness!

To prepare for the event Alexandra and I baked the cupcakes beforehand so they were all set to go. I made up little celiac statistics and symptoms cards, as well as receipts of their donation with an attached celiac disease awareness ribbon. We decided to have a raffle with cupcake themed prizes and Kristin beefed up the "giveaways" table with some extra bakeware. Pamela's Products sent us some great frosting spreaders and Lil's Dietary Speciality Shop gave us some Pamela's Products chip clips and other goodies.

Alexandra and I gave a presentation on celiac disease; covering what it is, symptoms, and following a gluten free diet. We held a Q & A and had a lot of great questions thrown at us. I was very excited at how eager these ladies were to learn more about celiac and gluten intolerance.

I love the picture of Alexandra describing the damaged villi!

We moved things to the kitchen where aspiring cake decorator, Alexandra, gave a demonstration on frosting cupcakes using pastry bags and frosting tips. Kristin mixed up some hot cider, busted out the Cupcake wine, and then we got decorating!

It was a really fun night and I'm so glad we hosted a gluten free cupcake party for the NFCA. I strongly suggest others to do the same! If you have an oven, cupcake tin, and friends - what are you waiting for?!