PARTIES FOR CHILDREN WITH FOOD ALLERGIES

         Chloe was beautiful. She arrived for her Princess Party in a wheelchair, but she was able to come out of it to sit on the floor beside her preschool friends to bead a pretty, jeweled necklace and have her nails polished. She chattered happily to the princess who helped her, and wore a starstruck smile while sipping our magical Fairy Tea.

          The Fairy Tea might have been a problem, since Chloe’s medical condition prohibits her from eating or drinking most foods, and she must rely on a special tube for most of her nourishment. But Chloe’s mother had discussed this problem in advance with Chloe’s Fairy Godmother. A few children thought the tea looked and tasted a bit like water that day, but most agreed with Chloe that it tasted of stardust and moonbeams.

            At the end of her party, Chloe touched her Fairy Godmother’s heart by asking for the recipe. The recipe for Fairy Tea is a very closely guarded secret, but in Chloe’s case, an exception was made. She went home with the special recipe in hand.

            We see many children with food allergies and medical problems which prohibit them from enjoying the cupcakes, cookies and other treats we provide at birthday parties staged by The Party Fairy. If your child is one of a growing number of children with food allergies, you’ve no doubt experienced some degree of frustration that the service of cake or cupcakes is part and parcel of the standard birthday celebration.

          What if someone shared an enchanting alternative with you?

          I wanted to share Chloe’s story because I absolutely loved the way this problem was resolved at her party — and think it’s an idea other parents of children with food allergies might want to copy for their own children’s parties. 

           “Since Chloe can’t have birthday cake, we have a tradition in our family,” Chloe’s mom told me when booking the party. “We always cover a box with play dough and insert the birthday candles into the play dough so that she can blow out candles.”

           What a clever idea! I explained to Chloe’s mom that we use cupcakes at our  parties, and that we present them on tiers rising from a floral arrangement of ivy and blooms on a castle table. We decided to replace our standard cupcakes with small trinket boxes for Chloe’s party.

           Chloe and her mom purchased papier mache boxes about the size of a standard cupcake. These boxes are very inexpensive and available at most craft stores and in the craft department of some large retailers such as Wal-mart. Chloe’s mom painted and decorated the boxes exactly as Chloe directed (because of physical limitations, Chloe was unable to hold the paintbrush to do this), and embellished them with pretty little stickers. 

          The result was beautiful — and the little boxes looked so sweet on our tiers. When Chloe’s mom brought the boxes to us before her party, we filled each one with special treasures such as costume jewelry, stickers and make-up. 

       During the portion of the party when we normally would have served cupcakes, we called children to the tables and served each girl a trinket box, just as we would have served a cupcake. We explained that the fairies had filled the boxes with a little treasure,  and cautioned the girls not to open the boxes until after we all sang to Chloe, wishing her a happy birthday. She closed her eyes, made a wish, and then the girls opened their boxes at once to discover their treasure. They were delighted!

        Chloe and her mom proved that a little imagination conquers any limitation!

       As our society becomes more health conscious, I think this idea has possibilities for catching on and becoming a new birthday party trend to replace the consumption of sooooo much sugar at birthday parties! 

        Please check this site again soon for our new collection of cake and cupcake recipes designed  especially for children with food allergies.

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