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.