Kaitlyn’s diabetes anniversary is coming up in a little over a month, and we want to do something really fun this year! We’re going to have a party with close friends and family — including those we’ve met from our type 1 diabetes dinner group. These families all deal with type 1 on a regular basis as well, so I think they’ll all be able to appreciate the fun that I have planned.

Here are some of my ideas for the party:

1. A Carb-Counting Jar. You know how at a party or a company event there’s often a big jar filled with a bunch of little things… marbles or candy or something else? Everyone takes a guess at how many items they think are in the jar, and the person who guesses the closest is the winner and gets everything in the jar. Well — my carb-counting jar will be just the same, except that everyone will guess the amount of carb grams there are in the jar. The winner will be able to boast that they not only have amazing estimating skills, but their carb-counting skills are top-notch as well!

2. Ice Cream Sundae Relay. This one is your typical relay race where you split your group into teams, and the teams try to complete a series of tasks as fast as they can. The first member of a team will run over to the table and measure out exactly ½ cup of ice cream. When that member gets back, they send the second one over to measure out exactly 1 tablespoon of chocolate syrup. This continues with teammates using measuring spoons and scales to get other items like sprinkles, bananas, and whipped cream. The last person on each team will have to change a glucose meter lancet, put the test strip in the meter, and get an alcohol wipe ready to clean a finger. Whichever team completes everything the fastest wins!

3. Carb Math Matching. This is actually one that Kaitlyn came up with herself! We’ll have a sheet of paper with two columns of pictures of dinner plates, and everyone will have to add up the carb grams for each plate on the left and match it to another plate that has the same amount of carbs on the right. For example: Two chocolate sandwich cookies plus a jelly bean would be matched up with a plate that has a large peach. I thought she was pretty clever with this one!

4. Pin the Site on the Tummy. This one is pretty self-explanatory — your traditional “Pin the Tail on the Donkey” game with a diabetes twist!

I’m really excited about this party. I hope it will be a fun way to celebrate with all our fellow type 1 families and focus on the good parts of living with diabetes — laughing and spending time with great friends! I’ll let you know how it goes!

Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the “typical” experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring. Jen and Kim are real moms of kids with type 1 diabetes and have been compensated for their contributions to this site.

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