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Help! Teddy bears picnic with nut and egg allergies

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estobi1 Sat 02-Aug-08 09:08:35

Please help! I am having a teddy bears picnic on tuesday and what satrted off as a small gathering has now turned into a large party with two of the children having these food allergies.

I really want this to be fun for all of the children without their mothers having to worry about their little ones eating things they shouldn't but I am a bit of an allergy virgin.

Please could you help me to put together a menu or tell me where I am going wrong.

So far I have thoguht of the following:

Sandwiches (jam ham cheese and marmite)
Fruit platter
Carrot sticks cherry tomatoes and cucumber sticks
sausages
pizza slices
ice cream cones for some and fruit lollies for the rest
I was going to do cakes, jam tarts and biscuits but I am now quite nervous - any tips?

Thank you so much for all of your help!

PussinJimmyChoos Sat 02-Aug-08 15:36:01

For a start, it depends on the severity of the allergy - some children can tolerate foods that don't have nuts in, but have come into contact with nuts, the same for eggs. Other children have such severe allergies that even a peanut/egg free food that has just come into contact with egg/peanut can trigger an attack.

So, if you don't know for sure about the allergies, I would play it safe and get a selection of 'free from foods' from the supermarket (Tescos and Sainsburys have them) and keep them rigidly apart from the others. Fruit and veg would be ok but you would also need to keep that separate as the children dipping into the platters could put traces of egg/nuts onto a piece of fruit or veg isywim?

Why not call the parents concerned and ask their advice - that would give you the best idea of your limitations?

barmymamma Tue 05-Aug-08 20:35:38

hi how did the party go? curious how you got on.
my boy is allergic to milk, eggs, nuts, wheat and kiwi, so too much to ask any one else to deal with.
ive always taken my ds food with him and just kept him away from anything he cant have.

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