How to Throw a Fun but Allergy-Free Party?
If your child or any of their guests have food allergies (and there may be many allergies), trying to throw a party may seem daunting. But as more and more children are diagnosed with food allergies, more and more recipes are being made available to accommodate them. Consider some of these ideas for throwing an allergy-free party where everyone can relax and have fun.
When throwing an allergy-free party, please remember that fact in the invitations. Some parents avoid children attending parties because of the usual allergens. Let parents know you intend to have an allergy-friendly party and ask them to contact you about specific allergies. This will help you choose the right foods to serve your party.
The apparent party foods such as cake, cookies, and cupcakes are usually made from wheat flour containing gluten. Some sources say that while most grains contain some gluten, there are so low in gluten - or contain a different kind of gluten - that people with gluten intolerance can consume them safely.
Other experts say that grains such as brown rice, millet, and quinoa contain no gluten. Oats do not contain gluten naturally but often get contaminated with wheat gluten during processing. Look for gluten-free oats if you want to use them in your party foods.
Here are some ideas for gluten-free foods you can serve at your party.
- Rice or nutcrackers and cheese
- Cornbread sandwiches
- Meringue cookies
- Deli meats
- Potato chips
- Rice pasta
- Gluten-free pancakes or waffles (you can use gluten-free pancake and waffle mix, and as a variation, you can use the waffles or pancakes as wraps for sandwich fillings).
Eggs and Dairy
These are other food allergies you'll see among kids. Some children are exempted from certain vaccinations if egg white was used to develop the vaccine. Thankfully, there are egg-free party foods you can make for your guests, and there is even dairy-free ice cream made from soy or rice. Try egg-free brownies or cake. The cake-like texture is achieved with baking powder and/or baking soda for these baked goods.
Dairy-free foods are not quite as challenging - avoiding cheese and milk seems simple. But you'll need to think more carefully than that - dairy "hides" in foods like cheese puffs, popcorn, and even bread.
Corn is considered a gluten-free grain, but it's a common allergen, and rice is regarded as a safe grain for kids who are gluten-sensitive and allergic to corn. Note that corn tends to be in everything, so avoiding all corn may be impossible. Check with corn-sensitive guests before attempting a corn-free party.
Nuts and chocolate allergies are common. Peanuts are the usual culprit in nut allergies; it's rare for anyone to be allergic to "tree nuts" such as walnuts. Sunflowers are often a safe alternative, and carob is an allergy-safe substitute for chocolate.
FAQ - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How to cater for allergies at a kid's party?
If you're catering for a kid's party and have guests with allergies, you can do a few things to make sure everyone can enjoy the food. First, make sure to ask your guests' parents about any allergies before the party. Once you know what allergies are present, you can adjust your menu accordingly or provide alternative options for those with allergies. For example, if guests have nut allergies, you could offer non-nut snacks or desserts. Additionally, label all foods clearly so that guests with allergies can quickly identify what they can and cannot eat. By taking these steps, you'll ensure that everyone at the party will be able to enjoy the food!
What is the best theme for the birthday boy?
There are so many great themes for birthday boys! Some popular ones include Pirates, Harry Potter, Circus, and Cars. It depends on the boy's interests and what kind of party he would enjoy the most. Talk to him and get some ideas before making a final decision. Whatever theme you choose, make sure it is one that he will truly enjoy! Browse all Kids Party Ideas.
What is the best theme for the birthday girl?
The best theme for a birthday girl depends on her age and interests. For younger girls, themes like princesses or under the sea can be popular, and a sleepover or slumber party might be more up their alley for older girls. Ultimately, it's crucial to choose a theme that the birthday girl will enjoy and make her feel special on her big day! Please take a look at all Kids Party Ideas.
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