Live and Learn Lunchboxes

Going to a birthday party with food allergies

Autumn went to a birthday party over the weekend for her buddy Maddy. Sometimes she goes to a party every weekend, and when school was in there was a few in-class parties every month… its a lot of parties.  The usual fare at the party is pizza, maybe some fruit or crackers and a birthday cake or cupcakes – all loaded with everything Autumn is allergic to.

Here’s an example of what Autumn might bring along to a party:
Fruit, celery with sunflower butter, pretzels, cupcake and drink.

When its time for food at the party, we step in and give Autumn her snack and cupcake. She sits and laughs with all the kids and honestly no one really even cares what she’s eating.  A lot of times, kids are excited to see what she brought with her.  I try to make it fun and use little containers that she thinks are cute.  Everyone is happy and Autumn is safe, so it works out great.

Although I hate the food allergies, I do love that she eats so healthy. Its just my opinion, but no one needs 3 inches of blue frosting on their cupcake, so I feel good about what we’re doing just from a health standpoint.  The cupcake you see here is a low-fat, low sugar, vegan recipe.  Kids love them.

We keep a stash of homemade cupcakes in the freezer for parties and I’ll be posting a lot more about cupcakes and muffins in the months to come – not to mention, that cool cupcake holder.


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    June 20, 2011 at 12:02 am

    I love this, and plan to forward your website to Melina’s kindergarten teacher. Melina had a classmate who has a life-threatening nut allergy, and birthday treats and other celebrations calling for snacks were exercises in vigilance for the adults, and often disappointment for the classmate. Your ideas can help him and his parents, as well as his teachers–thank you!

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      June 20, 2011 at 1:58 am

      I know how that is – its a real bummer when your child can’t participate because of their allergies. Being the “Allergy Mom” in the class last year, I learned a lot about helping others understand these allergies, and for the most part Autumn had a great year in kindergarten. I’ll be posting some good ideas for classroom snacks that include everyone, some ideas for parents to be proactive in the class, and I have a great list of potential allergens in the classroom. When people start to understand about these allergies, it’s easier for everyone, and the kids can just go about being kids. Thanks Renu!!

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    June 29, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Just came across your blog…we’ve been dealing with egg/milk allergies with my oldest son Ryan since he was 8 months old. He is now 8 years old…we have gone to countless birthday parties, school parties, family events, etc. etc. bringing our own food…our cup-a-cake holder is famous!! Teachers love it. Unfortunately, it does get harder as they get older, only from the emotional standpoint. Ryan never used to care that his food was “different”…he never knew it any other way. Now, at 8, he is starting to get frustrated about being “different”, although he manages his allergies with such maturity and grace that we can’t help but be impressed and proud of him. We made it through 2 years of preschool and 3 years of elementary school with no problems, so it can be done. Hang in there and know you are not alone!!

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      June 29, 2011 at 2:51 pm

      Hi Lisa, Thanks for your insight about all this. I’m surprised that my daughter has taken this so well, so far. Every once in a while we have to remind her about how important it is to be careful – I don’t blame them getting tired of it all and its not easy to being the different one all the time. Keep in touch and let us know how its all going. Best, Lisa

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