Party Planning Tips for Guests with Food Allergies and Other Restrictions

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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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