It can be stressful and challenging when you leave the house for an event when you have food allergies. How aware are they at the birthday party for instance. We had an amazing experience that was surprising and delightful!
I believe the Holy Grail of Food Allergies is a cure. However, I think the next two runners-up are awareness and inclusion. We had a food allergy inclusion birthday party experience that was nothing short of SUPER.
Birthdays can be tough when dealing with a food allergy. Some food allergies are harder than others. Fish and shellfish are almost never in cake (thankfully!) Peanuts and tree-nuts are also pretty easy to avoid, (although bakery cakes often have cross contact warnings with nuts.) However, eggs, dairy, wheat, and soy are in most baked goods. It’s almost impossible to get a store-bought cake without those ingredients. Even homemade cakes will have these unless the baker specifically omits them.
Our youngest son, Kal has a peanut allergy. When he was invited to his best friend’s birthday party, his mom checked with us to make sure that the cake would be safe, it was. That in itself is reason for celebrating. It’s something all parents wish would happen when their food-allergic child goes to a birthday party.
Now, our oldest son Zax is allergic to peanuts and eggs. We have our usual routine of sending a safe cupcake with him. We try to make it fun by adding sugar eyes or something so he doesn’t feel too left out. (Need an amazing food allergy friendly chocolate cake recipe? We’ve got that here!
) In fact, there have been times when the other kids wanted the cupcake instead of the birthday cake! (Good job Mom!)
What does a Food Allergy Inclusion Birthday Party look like?Click here to read the rest of this incredible experience!