Special Diet Party Food Ideas for Kids

dairy-free, gluten-free, soya-free rice crispie cakes

A friend recently asked me what she could serve at her sons’s first birthday party for a guest with allergies.  Birthday parties and other social gatherings can be very difficult if your child has allergies and intolerances, especially once they start moving around, as even if you take your own food, they can pick up bits that the other children have dropped.  As they get older they can feel a bit left out even with their own packed lunch of party food, so it’s very kind and considerate if the host can provide something that they can share too.  Even if you only provide one or two things so that your guest on a special diet can be included, they will be delighted (or the parents will be!).

Here are some suggestions of allergy-friendly foods (obviously check with the parents that these are ok for the individual child).  I’ve focused on simple, finger foods with no unusual ingredients, that should appeal to all the guests at the party. I’ve also indicated whether these foods are suitable for vegans/vegetarians and the paleo diet.

Items marked * can sometimes include allergens in the ingredients if shop-bought so check labels carefully or make yourself.

Savoury Items

Dairy

free

Gluten

free

Soya

free

Egg

free

Vegetarian

Vegan

Paleo

Mini Baked Omelette

Y

Y

Y

N

(Y)

N

Y

Raw Vegetable Crudites

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Houmous

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Guacamole*

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Salsa

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Cocktail Sausages

Y

N

Y

Y

N

N

Y

Chicken Drumsticks*

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

N

Y

Olives (pitted)

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Meatballs*

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

N

Y

Hardboiled eggs

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

N

Y

Sweet potato wedges

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Mini burgers*

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

N

Y

Cherry tomatoes

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Prawns

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

N

Y

Note: mini baked omelettes can be vegetarian depending on what fillings you use.

Sweet Items

Dairy

free

Gluten

free

Soya

free

Egg

free

Vegetarian

Vegan

Paleo

Fruit skewers/fruit salad

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Bliss balls

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Oh She Glows Cake Balls

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Melon ‘smiles’

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Popcorn (no butter)

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Jelly

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

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Note: shop bought jelly is not usually paleo because it is full of sugar and other strange ingredients, but you can make healthy paleo jelly using fruit juice and/or fruit puree and beef gelatin.

What other simple, special diet party foods would you serve?

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