Well that time of year is here again. The fabulous school year. Depending on when your school year starts, mid August to early September is the best time of the year. It is a parent’s favorite holiday for sure. Backtoschoolaween is by far and away my favorite day. It also means planning for classroom treats, birthday treats and party foods.
As I was reviewing all my old party ideas I received an email from my son’s first grade teacher. There were many food allergies in the classroom this year including, peanuts, fish and eggs. What’s a Mom to do? Many of my go to ideas centered around decorating cookies or cupcakes. As I panicked I began listing in my mind all the things I thought contain eggs or gluten. After much schizophrenic talking to myself I began the task of researching safe alternatives. To my surprise there are many, not that expensive, options available out there. As with anything please read every label before proceeding. Some dips and salad dressings may contain things you would be surprised by. Here are my top 10 ideas:
- Sunflower or almond butter with celery stalks-Raisins can be added for bugs on a log. It can be fun to combine a creepy story about eating bugs while the kids are making these treats.
- Popcorn and candy corn hands-Assuming no corn allergies of course. This is a great treat and craft. You simply take non latex clear plastic gloves(powder free) and fill with popped popcorn. The fingernails are placed first. One candy corn pointy side down per finger. After the bag is filled tie with a colorful string tightly and enjoy.
- Sliced apples and caramel dip-Read the labels carefully as some dips contain or are manufactured with eggs.
- Cut fruit arranged in funny designs-This takes a little planning but can be super cute and popular. First take a picture and enlarge it to cookie sheet size(or draw your own if your creative). Next decide what colors work best with each part. Next go to the store and pick fruits with colors that will work with your design. The great thing about this is you can cut the fruit into whatever size and shape you need so color is the only limiting factor.
- Yogurt with granola or fruit-Most yogurts are safe but check the labels.
- Cut veggies and hummus
- Cheese and sausage-Be careful to check the labels as some sausages contain eggs or are processed in a facility with egg products.
- Chips a Hoy Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Oreo Cookie Tower-Oreo cookies come with their very own glue so the skies the limit when it comes to design. They can be mixed and mashed(literally) together to create shapes, designs, pictures and towers. To make a tower use small dowel rods or popsicle sticks and “glue” them together with the creamy center of the Oreos. They will not support a ton of weight but half the fun is the destruction right?
Most baked goods including crackers are out unless your willing to pop for the much higher cost of gluten free/dairy free products. There are many out there but they can be quite pricey. if your school is like mine baking your own is out of the questions as only prepackaged items are allowed. With an open mind and a little creativity you can still have a fun and rewarding party.