Thursday, October 27, 2011

Fall Party Food - Allergy Friendly

String Beane is in kindergarten this year.  He is my first born and off to school he went.  It was traumatic for me to say the least.  

He goes to a Christian school and there are only 11 children in his class. 

3 of them have food allergies.  The total breakdown is:  No peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, or milk!  That is a tall order, my friends.  Also, since it is a Christian school, nothing too "Halloweenish".  All of these demands makes throwing a party difficult.  But, I am hear to tell you, it can be done.

I found most of my inspiration on Pinterest.  Here is what went down.

I had three stations set up.  One was a counting game.

The second station was a craft station.

The third station they made their own cake push pops.

We did not use the ghost peeps, only the pumpkin ones.  I did not want to push the envelope first party of the year.

The candy corns for the counting game met our allergy needs.  I made mini cakes from a gluten free cake mix that happened to be milk and peanut/tree nut free too.  I made up yellow, white, and orange frosting from Crisco and powdered sugar to squirt in the cake pops. 

Everyone seemed to have a great time rotating through the stations and making things. 

Then they all sat down at their desks for the food.  We started out with:
These were water bottles with some orange flavored "on the go" drink packs.  I tied them with green ribbon and a straw.  The kids seemed to think this was some sort of a magic trick!

I used a gluten free brownie mix and used dairy free margarine for the brownies.  The marshmallow was okay for our allergies and I used a can of Pillsbury vanilla frosting and orange food coloring.  The pumpkin stem is a green gum drop that I cut down to size.

This was made with popcorn, marshmallows, candy corns, and dairy free chocolate chips.  It was very cute when I cut it into slices.

They also had bags of chips. 

While they were eating I carved a Jack-O- Lantern using the Pumpkin Prayer.

As I carve my pumpkin, help me pray this prayer:
Open my mind so I can learn about You
(Cut the top off the pumpkin)
Take all my sin and forgive the wrong that I do
(clean out the inside)
Open my eyes so Your love  will see
(cut eyes shaped like hearts)
I'm sorry for times I've turned up my nose at what You've given to me
(Cut a noes in the shape of a cross)
Open my ears so Your Word I will hear
(cut ears shaped like the Bible)
Open my mouth to tell others You're near
(cut the mouth in the shape of a fish)
Let Your light shine in all I say and do!
(place candle inside and light it)

The pumpkin carving seemed to be the favorite part.  It was really amazing how still they were while I was trying to hack into the pumpkin!

All I have wanted for String Beane, was for him to be able to do what the other children are doing.  I don't want to have to worry about food.  I guess since he is in a class where 3 of 11 have severe food allergies, he would be considered "normal".  Funny how God chooses to answer our prayers. 

Special diets and situations are certainly more difficult to deal with than what we may be used to, but it can be done!  I am here to tell the tale. 

I am linking up with Metamorphasis Monday
and these Awesome Parties!


  1. Great ideas! Yeah, that was a pretty difficult party to create with all of those stipulations. You did great!


  2. What great and fun ideas! Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Happy Halloween and have a blessed week:)

    Everyday Mom's Meals

  3. All such fantastic ideas!!! Thank you for linking up to Sharing Sundays!


  4. You did an awesome job with that. I know that the kids and parents appreciated the extra effort you made to be allergy friendly. :) It's a big deal :)

  5. SOOO fun! Wow! You did a fantastic job...and especially considering how sensitive you were to all the kids' needs. Would you share this at my party? Pleeease?

  6. I just love it all. How lucky to have such an involved and considerate Mum!!!

  7. Such cute ideas, I'm so impressed with what you were able to accomplish with all of the restrictions. I bet the kids loved all of it!

  8. Love your fabulous party ideas, I am a new follower, and would love for you to come visit my blog when you have the chance.

  9. What great ideas and great recipes! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon.
    Miz Helen

  10. Oh this is all so cute! My 4 year old would love love love it! I'm so happy to be your newest follower via Serenity Now and hope you'll come visit me at
    I look forward to "getting to know you" :)

  11. What a great momma you are. Thanks for linking up at A Little Nosh this week!

  12. What a wonderful party and such great ideas!
    Thank you for sharing your creativity on "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday at Rook No. 17!

    I can't wait to see what you have in store this week!



  13. What a wonderful party and such great ideas, it is!! Just now I finding about the yummy and delicious recipe. This looks so good, Currently, tomorrow lunch party is going on and I think I'm going to try this.

  14. My kids would have loved this party! Thanks so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday. I can't wait to see what you share this week.

    --Trish @ Mom On Timeout