Thursday, February 9, 2012

Allergy Free Birthday Party

The big kids had birthdays in December and we always throw them a joint birthday party.  Now, I have to make sure that everything is allergy free.

This year our theme was Candy Land.  The house was decorated with bright colors with balloons and streamers and each room had a different theme.  We even made Peanut Acres allergy friendly with packing peanuts for our "nuts."  We had a candy bar with candy that was safe for Bee to eat and we decorated allergy-free gingerbread men.

We also made a major change from last year.  What happened at our last party?  Someone contaminated our house.  I have no idea what was brought into our house but it was likely on someone's hands.  When Bee played with the play kitchen the next day, she had a horrible reaction and rash.  Her kitchen had to be thoroughly cleaned before she could touch it again.

I've long known that I should institute a hand-washing rule at our house.  We already implement the no outside food or drinks rule.  But now I'm going to require everyone who enters to wash hands first thing.  Thankfully another sweet mom attacked everyone with hand sanitizer as they walked through the door.  And I'm glad to say that we had no reactions after this party.  Our house is still allergy-free!

The party was a success and the birthday kids had a wonderful time.  And it was even more wonderful that Bee could safely participate!

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