Food Allergies and Parties – #FreeFromFridays

Happy Friday everyone! Food allergies and parties… That’s a topic any allergy parent could chat about for hours, isn’t it? A few weeks ago, Emma wrote a brilliant article about managing your child’s allergies at a party. Check it out as it contains invaluable information to ensure your little one is never missing out and feeling fully included! Emma included specific tips for ensuring your allergic child is always safe, whether you’re attending a family gathering, party or there’s an event involving food at their school.


Here are more tips from the lovely Free From Gang:

– Vicky at ‘The Free From Fairy’

“Make everything free from the allergen in question so there is no chance of cross contamination and all children can eat together without anyone feeling different…” Check Vicki’s article on gluten and dairy-free party food for kids.

“Call the party organiser and find out what foods will be there so you can be prepared – either by requesting certain foods to be out of reach and controlled serving, or to create safe alternatives that look the same! Don’t be frightened of making an announcement at the beginning of the party to ensure others do not feed your child without checking with you first!”

“Use allergen labels.”

“Ask for dietary requirements on the invite if you’re hosting and be clear if you will/won’t be able to cater for them – call parents to discuss if they are comfortable for you to do so. When A is going to a party I always tell the host I will bring food for A rather than asking if I should otherwise because people will always feel obligated to try and cater.”

“Where the Peachicks are older now and go on their own we send them with a small named bag with all their medication & emergency contact details as well as safe snacks and own plasters! We also remind them to ask about any food they are not sure of before eating.”

“For the three…yes THREE parties Beth has EVER been invited to I made her own packed lunch in a gift bag with sparkly ribbon, tissue paper wrapping each element sealed with a sticker…her lunch was the envy of all the other children and made HER feel special for all the right reasons.”

“Not sure if you need or want a perspective from the other side, but my top tip would be ‘please just ask’…I would honestly move heaven and earth to make sure your kid had a good time at my kid’s birthday party…I would say…please just tell me what I need to do/not do and tell me what stupid mistakes I might make by accident and I will do my level best to accommodate…I realise I may be in the minority (!) but I’m sure there are others out there like me who would happily do everything they could. Xx”

“I’ve had visitors before who said they didn’t tell me about food requirements because they didn’t want to be any trouble. Saying in advance isn’t trouble, turning up and then picking around things you can’t eat is far worse.”

Have you got any other tips for dealing with food allergies at parties?

Food Allergies and Parties... that's a tough one, isn't it? Do you purposefully exclude your little ones from parties so they stay safe or do everything you can to make sure they're feeling included?

I took the photo above at a party organised by my friend Mili. She’s the talented cake-maker behind ‘Cocoa and Crumbs’ and she bakes the most delicious cakes. Check her out!

It’s #FreeFromFridays Time again!

We are planning to grow our Facebook community to help you share and promote your ‘free from’ content. Just request an invite here. We’d love to have you!

What can I link to #FreeFromFridays?

  • Dairy free, gluten free, paleo, vegan or other ‘free from’ recipes
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Any blog post that features a recipe free from a common allergen (eg. milk, egg, nuts, gluten), posts about eczema, hay fever or allergy-related advice, travel, experience or information.

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  1. 05/01/2018 / 6:41 am

    They are great tips! Definitely want Rebecca @Glutarama to make my next packed lunch – sparkly ribbons & tissue wrapping sounds amazing!!

    • Mel
      05/01/2018 / 11:46 am

      I know, she’s amazing, right? I want her to adopt me 🙂

  2. 05/01/2018 / 10:56 am

    Yey! So pleased Free From Fridays is back. I always miss it when it’s not there. And wow – what a cake. That’s gorgeous!! Eb x

    • Mel
      05/01/2018 / 11:47 am

      I have to say that although I do love a break, I also miss our little Free From Fridays when it’s not there 🙂

  3. 05/01/2018 / 3:41 pm

    Hi, thanks for sharing these great tips. I always take my own pack up but most of the time people go out of the way to accommodate me, even though I do not expect them to #FreeFromFridays

    • Mel
      05/01/2018 / 4:12 pm

      I love it when we get somewhere and our hosts have found a little something for my little lady 🙂

  4. 05/01/2018 / 5:43 pm

    Lovely collection of ideas here and what a SHOWSTOPPER cake you have a hugely talented friend….off to check out her site now

    P.S. yes! I’ll adopt you my darling xxx

    • Mel
      05/01/2018 / 11:05 pm

      When do I move in?

      Mili is incredible! Every single time I see one of her cakes I am in awe (I have no idea how she makes them that perfect). xx

  5. 06/01/2018 / 6:20 pm

    Great collection of tips and lovely to hear from non-allergy mums about what would help them.

    • Mel
      06/01/2018 / 10:30 pm

      I know! I would naturally try to sort it all out myself and often forget that others are more than happy to help 🙂

  6. 08/01/2018 / 11:46 am

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing them…I know how helpful people will find this. I can’t quite get back into the swing of things yet but will share something next week! xx

    • Mel
      11/01/2018 / 11:23 am

      I’m the same after I switch off completely! xxxx

  7. 08/01/2018 / 12:39 pm

    I love Eb’s suggestion. My pessimistic side agrees she might be in the minority, but the rest of me thinks she might not—just that most people don’t think of it or don’t speak up. Lots of room for kindness, and she well shows! So glad to have this community.

    • Mel
      12/01/2018 / 11:00 pm

      Me too! Having a supporting community to chat to, ask questions to and generally know everyone is there, always, is great, isn’t it?

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