AllergyKids and Birthday Parties: Tips On Safe Fun
Written By Andrea Boley, a busy mom, for AllergyKids
Food allergies are common among children and can make it very difficult for you to find creative ways to celebrate special events such as birthday parties. Will your child ever be able to enjoy a birthday party if he is not allowed to eat the food that is prepared especially for him? If your child suffers from food allergies, he doesn’t have to be the odd ball out at his own birthday party. Consider planning the party to meet his specific needs! The following are a few suggestions on how you can throw a great party for a child who suffers from food allergies.
• Don’t make the focus on food. Kids with food allergies tend to eat less than those kids who do not have allergies. This is especially true if the food allergies are severe. If your child is unable to eat many of the traditional birthday party goodies, perhaps you can plan the party around something other than food. Choose a fun theme such as a carnival or skating party where the children at the party will be busy playing games or skating rather than eating. Consider renting a water slide or inflatable jumper to help make the party a hit.
• Make sure he can eat EVERYTHING at the party. If you do decide to make food a focus of the party, make sure that you child can eat everything. This will help him feel special and know that the party is specifically for him. This may take time and energy on your part, but your child will not have to wonder what he can and cannot eat at the party. Doing this may also involve preparing the food a few days in advance for the party as allergy free food can often be time consuming on your part.
• Realize that the other kids may not particularly enjoy the food. Look at your child’s birthday party as a time to please him rather than the other guests at the party. Many times, parents are so busy trying to make a statement or plan a party that will be a hit for the other kids that they forget who the party is really for. If your child has a gluten allergy, you will have to greatly alter the recipe for the traditional birthday cake. Be prepared for complaints from other kids about how the food taste. Keep in mind, however, who the party is for and don’t wear your feeling on your sleeves.
• Allow your child to choose the menu for the party. Kids who have allergy are very aware of what they can and can’t eat. Just as with other kids, there are things that they like to eat more than others. Ask your child what he would like to have at the birthday party. This will make him feel special by including him in the planning process. You can also be sure that he enjoys the food that you will prepare for him. He may also enjoy spending some time with you in preparing the goodies for the party.
There are several ways that you can plan a fun birthday party for a child with food allergies. Go all out and plan a unique theme and make food the afterthought. If food must be the focus, be sure to keep your child as the center of the party rather than planning it around other guest. Talk with other parents of kids who have food allergies and get ideas on how they made the party a success. It will be a party that your child will never forget!
Andrea Boley is a writer and a busy mom. She is always happy to share her passion for life and experiences through her work, and in her spare time works as a freelance writer for Storkie.