So many kids these days are on special diets. Whether they’re restricted because of a peanut allergy, they are lactose intolerant, or they need to eat gluten-free foods, its tough making sure they stay away from the foods that aren’t good for them. Kids party planning is especially hard because there will always be a mix of kids on different diets.
If your child is the one having the party, it’s easier for you to control what is made, and what eventually ends up in his stomach. But what do you do when your gluten-free child is invited to a party, and it’s important that he not partake in any of the delicious treats that will be offered?
The first thing you need to do is talk to the parents of the child having the party. Because restricted diets are a lot more common now than they used to be, I’m sure the parent won’t look at you like you’re an alien from another planet. Explain to them why your child is on a gluten-free diet, and the potential harm it could do to them.
During your discussion, find out what type of foods they will be serving at the party. Even though more people are becoming aware of gluten-free diets, they often don’t know what foods contain gluten. When they tell you what they are planning for the party, let them know which foods contain gluten.
Offer to bring the gluten-free alternatives for your son. As you probably already know, there are fabulous gluten-free recipes available that your child has probably already had at his own birthday parties. This will take some of the pressure off of the host because they won’t have to worry about accidentally preparing some gluten-free recipe improperly, and making your son sick. It will also free them up to worry about the food for the majority of the kids at the party.
Another important thing will be making sure there isn’t any cross-contamination of typical foods with your son’s foods. Cleaning hands and utensils between handling typical foods and gluten-free foods is necessary, and the host should know this. One way to ensure this is done is to offer to help at the party. Most parents will not hesitate to have an extra set of hands assisting at the party, especially when there is a child with special dietary needs.
Another way to have your child avoid the gluten-filled foods at the party is to get him nice and full before you send him to it. He’ll be less tempted by the food that’s bad for him if his belly is filled with food that is good for him.
Kids party planning can be tough enough when you’re creating an event that has typically prepared foods. It can be a lot tougher when you have to keep special diet needs in mind. When sending him to a party where you don’t have control over the food being served, just make sure everyone involved knows about his diet needs. But don’t make that the focus of the party. The focus should be fun.