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What Food do You Serve at a ‘Free From’ Party?

Twenty-eight of us squeezed into our home for Jumpy’s second birthday party this week. I would lie if I said I did not find it stressful to make all the food for the party free from eggs, dairy, nuts and wheat but I wanted her to enjoy everything that was offered to our guests, including the sweets our friendly ghost was giving to trick-or-treaters.

Friendly Ghost Ready for Trick-or-Treaters with Free From Sweets
Having multiple allergies does not mean Jumpy should miss out! With hindsight, I am glad we held the party at home as I knew for sure all the food was safe for my little girl.

Savoury food I had planned to serve:
Vegetable sticks: carrots, cucumber, celery
Rice with sweetcorn and tuna
Baby Tomatoes
‘Free from’ pasta, ham and tomato salad

Free From Pasta Salad - Free From Party Food
Potato salad with spring onions, red onion and Plamil’s egg-free mayonnaise
debbie&andrew’s wheat, gluten and dairy-free sausages

Free From Sausages for Halloween
Rye bread with Pure dairy-free spread, avocado and Parma ham

Sweet Treats:
Scary bananas, satsumas and pears (designed by Crevette and Beanie)

Spooky Fruit Basket for a Free From Halloween Party
Dried mango
Chocolate cupcakes with dairy-free icing

Free From Cupcakes and Icing for Halloween

Lazy Day Foods‘ Rocky Road and Peppermint Slice
Dairy and nut-free chocolate truffles
Marshmallow Pumpkins
Carrot cake
Smooze ice ‘cream’
Dairy-free yoghurts from The Coconut Collaborative
Pudology puddings
‘Free From’ sweets

Free From Sweets for a Halloween Party

Water, juice and soft drinks
Champagne, tea and coffee for the adults

The biggest hits were the sausages, served with ketchup, pasta salad, crisps, vegetable sticks and hummus. If you fancy making your own hummus, head over to Vicki’s blog Honest Mum. Her recipe is easy to put together and delicious. I caught Beanie face in the bowl, licking the last remaining bits of the dip. The world is not ready for her just yet!

When it comes to sweet treats, the children snapped all of my dreadful marshmallow pumpkins before they even got to the table. The icing on the cupcakes was a firm favourite, too. Note to self: serve little pots of icing in the future. It will save me from re-icing cupcakes twice (Beanie) and peeling discarded cupcakes off the bedroom floor!

I completely forgot to serve the champagne! How could I? I had a nice bottle of Millésimé chilling in the fridge, and the children always love it when Hubby takes them all outside to see how far the cork will go. Naughty, naughty Mel!

The spooky jelly also remained in the fridge, and look at the good job my little ones had done!

Spooky Jelly for Halloween

I did not have time to make the ‘free from’ truffles or carrot cake, but there was plenty of food and nobody went home hungry (I hope!).



  1. 03/11/2014 / 4:01 pm

    Another great post Mel. I wrote something similar a couple of years ago on my old blog after my 2yo’s first party and it was really well received. The party sounds like it was a roaring success! Love all the faces on the fruit 🙂

    • Mel
      04/11/2014 / 12:14 am

      Thanks my lovely. Could you put the link to your post in a comment? I will give it a read, and I am sure anyone interested in planning a ‘free from’ party will enjoy reading more about parties for exclusion diets. xx

  2. 03/11/2014 / 6:58 pm

    That sounds like quite a feast! Well done to you for coming up with such a spread given the restrictions. And the Halloween decorations look great especially the friendly ghost!

    • Mel
      05/11/2014 / 12:25 am

      When you start thinking about it, there is actually quite a lot she can eat. Our friendly ghost was really happy to give out sweets, bless him!

  3. Eva
    03/11/2014 / 10:07 pm

    C’est incroyable tout le bon travail que tu as fait Mel! 28 invités et un menu parfait! J’aime beaucoup le petit fantôme du début ! Trop mignon 😉

    • Mel
      04/11/2014 / 12:16 am

      Tu es adorable, Sandra. Le fantôme, c’est mon petit loulou. Il est chou, tu ne trouves pas?

  4. Wave to Mummy
    04/11/2014 / 1:21 am

    Great post – it is pretty impressive how much variety you have managed to offer despite of different allergies! And I agree, it is much better to offer the same foods for everyone so it is firstly safer, and if you have allergies you don’t feel left out #tastytuesdays

    • Mel
      10/11/2014 / 10:49 pm

      After the initial ‘panic’ mode, the more you think about it, the more you realise you can actually cook for a ‘free from’ party. x

  5. 04/11/2014 / 2:04 pm

    Love the ghost costume. A great selection of food and treats. Great idea to draw the faces on the fruit

    • Mel
      10/11/2014 / 10:57 pm

      We have been drawing faces on fruit for a couple of years and the little ones love it. Their favourites were our pirate bananas for my boy’s 4th birthday!

  6. Sophie at Franglaise Cooking
    04/11/2014 / 4:06 pm

    You put me to shame! It’s C’s 2nd b’day next week and I’ve planned wine & beer for the adults, squash for the kids, then sandwiches, popcorn, sausages, sausage rolls, crisps & biscuits. And I’ve only got two kids to be dealing with 😉 Well done Super Mum!
    P.S. forgetting the champagne?!? You’re not really French, are you?? 😉

    • Mel
      05/11/2014 / 2:21 pm

      Without the allergies, the menu would be very similar to yours! I am really French, but the champagne is still in the fridge, can you believe it?

  7. Becky
    05/11/2014 / 5:17 pm

    This looks like such a great party, Mel, you really are the hostess with the mostess! We didn’t do much this year as we were away, but next year I hope to throw a proper party- preparing the food for parties is one of my favourite things! x

    • Mel
      05/11/2014 / 10:29 pm

      It was a very relaxed party (once the food was ready!) and it was lovely to see the little ones running around whilst managing a chat and a cup of tea with the mums. x

  8. 07/11/2014 / 3:13 pm

    Love LOVE LOVE this post sweetie, I want to come party with you, I’m now so hungry! You have it all darling, a brilliant blogger, beautiful inside and out and such an incredible mother and entertainer! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

    • Mel
      07/11/2014 / 3:18 pm

      Always a pleasure to party with you and #TastyTuesdays, hun! xx

  9. 12/11/2014 / 1:09 pm

    Great tips! It must be hard catering around multiple allergies, well done 🙂 x #recipeoftheweek

    • Mel
      12/11/2014 / 2:49 pm

      It is not as bad as it seems. The thought of it was actually a lot worse than the actual planning and cooking. x

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