Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Nut-Free (and Suck-Free!) Birthday Party

I'm hyper-vigilant about keeping nuts away from our daycare, but avoiding them at birthday parties didn't occur to me until recently.

Most parents are like me: well-meaning, but busy and forgetful. The result is that kids with nut allergies often can't eat the cake or other treats at parties. As one mom put it, "most birthday parties suck for kids with nut allergies." The kids are resigned to it, and have a surprisingly good attitude about the whole thing. But we can do better! 


A Nut-Free (and Suck-Free!) Birthday Party


Here's how to throw a nut-free birthday party that's also suck-free. Mine is a pirate party, but you can easily apply these tips to any theme!

First, you'll need to be careful with loot bags: any treat without the "nut-free" label is questionable. The easy way out of this predicament is to get toys instead of treats. For this party, I got inflatable pirate swords. They are soft, so no one got injured! 


A Nut-Free (and Suck-Free!) Birthday Party


I also threw in some "gold" coins and a pirate telescope (a keychain kaleidoscope).

A Nut-Free (and Suck-Free!) Birthday Party: Peanut-free loot bags!


But let's face it - kids like treats. For the pirate loot bags for my party, I used Dare's new Bear Paws Minis, Wagon Wheels, and Bear Paws Morning Snacks. 

They all have something called Wowbutter instead of peanut butter, but it tastes the same! How do I know? Uh, I may have also eaten a few of these. You guys, Wagon Wheels! It's my childhood, in snack form!


A Nut-Free (and Suck-Free!) Birthday Party


The Bear Paws and Wagon Wheels are all baked in a nut-free, peanut-free facility, and they all have the big peanut-free icon on the packaging. If it weren't for the icon, I honestly wouldn't have guessed that they are not made with real peanut butter. 


A Nut-Free (and Suck-Free!) Birthday Party


This is ideal for kids' parties - it's safe for kids with allergies, but the kids who normally chow down on peanuts will never guess the difference!


A Nut-Free (and Suck-Free!) Birthday Party


Finally, consider the cake at your nut-free party. Cakes from most bakeries have a "may contain nuts" warning, which means kids with allergies can't eat them. As Julia Child said, a party without cake is just a meeting, and meetings blow. I may be paraphrasing. Make sure you buy your cake at a nut-free bakery, or even better - make it yourself! 


A Nut-Free (and Suck-Free!) Birthday Party


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Full Disclosure: I am participating in the Dare Bear Paws and Wagon Wheels blogger program with enCompass Media and received product and payment as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinion on this blog are my own, as always. If I don't like things, I don't write about them.




10 comments :

  1. Thank you so much for chance to win. Bear Paws and WowButter are a stapoke in our house. Can't wait to toi try the wagon wheels.

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  2. I have 2 birthdays coming up for 2 of my grandchildren (I have 5 total) I know my daughter always hosts a party and this year, maybe I can give her a hand. Thank You. :)

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  3. These would be awesome for my son's school snack.

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  4. Love the "Julia Childish" quote. :)
    I didn't have to worry about the nut free aspect to kids birthday parties when my son was small… I always asked about allergies when sending out the invites but it just never came up. Now with the huge awareness around the topic I it think it is wonderful that you have shown some options to make it safe and fun for everyone!! Great post!

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  5. I love your Julia quote - good paraphrasing! Nut allergies always make me nervous; I'm lucky that my kidlets aren't sensitive to nuts, but I know that we have kidlets in our circle who are. We rely on those nut-free alternatives for school snacks and party favours. Great post!

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  6. I used to LOVE wagon wheels as a kid! YUMMY!

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  7. My kid still loves Bear Paws (ok well I do too)!

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  8. Shared on www.yourcontests.ca Thanks for the giveaway!

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  9. I love the idea of putting in snacks like Bear Paws. It's safe and kids love them. Great post! Great ideas!

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  10. A party without cake is just a meeting. I would settle for a big stack of wagon wheels with a candle on top.

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