Plan an allergy friendly birthday party where everyone is included!
This post is a collaboration between perfectly free© and My Gluten Free Miami. All opinions are my own.
Allergy Friendly Birthday Party
I love a fun birthday party, but since being diagnosed with Celiac Disease, I have come to accept that 9 times out of 10 I am not going to be able to eat anything at the party. I’m an adult and that’s ok, I’ll make myself a cake when I get home and I won’t have to share!
For children this is so much harder. As a mom and teacher, I always want everyone to feel included. It’s always nice when friends and family are willing to make accommodations for an allergy child, but I find that there are so many options these days, rather than trying to figure out who can have what, I just make it all Top 8 Free. It just makes life so much easier.
Consider skipping the full meal.
A lot of children’s parties have pizza or hot dogs, providing a Top 8 free alternative can be pricey and will most likely require you to make it yourself, so consider scheduling the party at a time that it won’t include a meal. If you have to include a meal consider things such as BBQ Chicken (check BBQ sauce ingredients), Arroz con Pollo (it’s our go-to), or a make your own pizza station using my calzone dough and dairy free cheese.
Don’t forget the ice cream!
A party is not complete without ice cream and perfectly free© frozen treats are the ultimate in sweet treats. Creamy coconut cream center covered in either blueberry, chocolate, cherry, or salted caramel. Free of the top 8 allergens, and non-gmo, they are the perfect birthday treat. Fill little cups with perfectly free © treats ahead of time and have them ready to pass out.
Have plenty of snacks on hand.
Fresh fruit is always a hit. Chips (read the label) and salsa, veggies with homemade hummus (store brand may contain soy, so read the label), and popcorn are good options. Fruit pouches are always a hit as well.
It’s not a party till there’s cake!
Fortunately, thanks to all of the amazing allergen-free bloggers out there, there is no shortage of allergy friendly cake recipes. You may even want to try something a little different, like taking these Monster Cookie Bars and making them into a cookie cake!
Use non-candy favors and prizes
There’s no need to send kids home with piles of candy, instead invest in a few non-candy treats such as bracelets, pencils, stickers, or even homemade playdough (traditional contains gluten). Parent’s will love that their kids aren’t wired, and the kids will love a few new little toys!
The most important thing at a birthday party is to have fun! Enjoy the company and have a great time with your friends. By providing allergy safe options you can ensure that all your guests have a fun and safe time at the party.
What is your favorite allergy friendly party treat? Do you have any other tips for how to plan a successful allergy friendly birthday party?