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How to Plan an Allergy Friendly Birthday Party

 Plan an allergy friendly birthday party where everyone is included!
How to Plan an Allergy Friendly Birthday Party

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.

How to Plan and Allergy Friendly Birthday Party

Planning Tips

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.

How to plan an allergy friendly birthday party

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!

How to plan an allergy friendly birthday party

 Don’t Forget!

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.

Be sure to visit perfectly free©  and find out more about their delicious frozen bites. You can even print a coupon for $1.00 of their frozen bites!

What is your favorite allergy friendly party treat? Do you have any other tips for how to plan a successful allergy friendly birthday party?

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15 Comments

  • Reply
    Kelly
    March 24, 2017 at 7:12 am

    I love the idea of skipping the full meal. Guests are here to PAR-TAY, not eat a gourmet lunch! Thanks for sharing these tips. We’ve got lots of family birthdays coming up, so I pinned for later 🙂

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    Anita
    March 23, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    I just had to click this even though I am an adult with no children cause I am allergic to practically everything, so I can never all the goodies that everyone else gets too. whomp whomp. It’s amazing all of the products out there now, right? Sometimes I feel like a normal person when going to the grocery store 😉

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    Alisa Fleming
    March 23, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    How seriously fun! I bet the kids enjoy these even more than a bowl of ice cream!

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    April K.
    March 23, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Great post! I’m vegan, I have some vegan friends, gluten free friends, and nut free friends! Different Options are always good to have.

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    Megan
    March 23, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    I’m dying to try these. Thanks for the tips–pinned!

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    Nova @ Happily Ever Hauser
    March 23, 2017 at 10:38 am

    My husband recently developed some allergies and we eat gluten-free and dairy-free. I’ve never heard of Perfectly Free, so I’ll have to check that out! Great read!

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    Christina Shoemaker
    March 23, 2017 at 8:19 am

    How have I not heard of Perfectly Free?! My son had multiple food allergies when he was younger and this is such a yummy idea for parties!!

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    Ilka Elise
    March 23, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Great tips. I find non-sweet party favors are always a better option <3

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    Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms
    March 22, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    These are great tips! Those ice cream bites sound delicious!

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    Nicole Dawson
    March 22, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    I love throwing Top 8 Free birthday parties too! My youngest has life threatening food allergies and we learned how important it was to make sure everyone is included. The 1 time I was thrown for a loop was when a little friend had an allergy to cocoa. After that, I always include both chocolate and vanilla everything.

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    Jazmine
    March 22, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    So important! I can’t believe I didn’t think about allergies before! ?

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    Erica D.
    March 22, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    A PERFECT 🙂 Birthday Party!

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    Kelly @ TastingPage
    March 22, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    It’s so nice that there all so many allergy friendly options now so everyone can enjoy the fun!

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    Charlene
    March 22, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    We have a ton of allergies in our extended family. These are great ideas!

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    March 22, 2017 at 9:20 am

    If I had allergies when I was younger (that I knew about) I would have thrown some killer parties 😛

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