Party Planning Tips for Guests with Food Allergies and Other Restrictions

Party Planning Tips for Guests with Food Allergies and Other Restrictions

Event and party planning can feel overwhelming, especially if there are guests with food restrictions. Here are some tips for both the host and the guest.

Tips for Host:

  • If a guest has an anaphylaxis reaction, immediately call 911.
  • Err on the side of caution by not having the specific allergen present, if possible.
  • Alert caterer/staff/servers about guests with food allergies.
  • Provide a similar looking food for the child with a food restriction. For example, if guests are having cupcakes and a child has celiac, purchase a gluten-free cupcake for that child.
  • Plan ahead.
  • Consider a party planner for a larger event.

Tips for Guest:

  • Inform your host of your food restrictions in advance of the event. Don’t be shy.
  • Add your food restrictions on the rsvp card or send a note to the host
  • If you have severe food allergies and are worried about the host not being able to adequately accommodate your food allergy, consider eating before the event.
  • Having a food allergy is never something to be embarrassed about.
  • Always carry epinephrine if you have a food allergy.

For more, listen to AFN’s podcast about how to plan a party for guests with food allergies

All content provided or opinions expressed in this blog are for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please seek advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare practitioner.

 

 

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