I wish I could take credit for this adorable idea. But I can’t. My friend is just a genius.
Her own kids aren’t allergic, but my thoughtful and creative friend had kids with food allergies on her mind when she thought about what special treat her daughter could share with ALL of her party guests. Like my friend, many parents are concerned with how to be inclusive of guests with food allergies. Sometimes, the best answer is also the simplest.
After singing a rowdy chorus of “Happy Birthday” to our favorite 7 year old, the kids were each given a festive party bag that they could fill with any (or ALL) of their favorite candy. Best of all, everything was dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free and most was also gluten-free. There’s nothing that makes a child happier than being included in on the fun!
Plus, no goodie bag needed! The kids all got to bring their loot home. HUGE bonus in my opinion!
If you’re going to replicate this fantastic idea, I would recommend a few things:
- Check Allergy Shmallergy’s Safe List of Nut-Free Candy page. This is not a comprehensive list. And, it doesn’t account for other allergies. But you’ll find that many of the candies listed are also dairy-free, egg-free and gluten-free. Read ingredient lists carefully and if you have any doubts of an item’s safety, snap a photo and email the child’s parent to verify.
- Save ingredient lists and bring them to the party. If anything needs to be double-checked, you’ll have all your information at hand.
- Be careful when serving similar looking items (like M&Ms and Skittles). Not only is chance of cross-contamination a concern with unwrapped candy, but I’ve seen unsafe candy fall into safe candy bowls. For the purposes of a party, I would stick to the idea that “everything on the table is safe for party guests” principle.
Caught red handed! My son and his best friend/brother of the birthday girl.
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