Science & Outcomes of Allergy & Asthma Research (SOAAR) Shares Hosting Strategies
The holiday season is a wonderful time of year for families to come together and celebrate! To ensure a safe and fun-filled holiday season, SOAAR encourages people to be aware of family members and friends with different types of allergies. If you’re hosting a party this year, check out the strategies below for hosting a successful and allergy-friendly gathering.
Our Strategies for Hosting Holiday Parties
• Ask your guests about any allergies when you invite them and encourage them to share any serving/preparation suggestions.
• Consider creating fun and festive ingredient cards for the meals you plan to prepare for the event. This will provide your guests with a sense of ease when serving themselves.
• If serving a buffet, encourage those with food allergies to serve themselves first. You can include a separate serving spoon for each dish, or set up a second table to keep all allergy-free dishes in one place.
• In addition to these tips, be mindful of other types of allergens your guests may be sensitized to, such as dogs and cats, strongly scented candles, and some celebratory products containing latex, such as balloons.
It’s true that accidental exposures happen, but by implementing the strategies listed above, you can reduce their potential. Guests will appreciate your efforts at making them feel safe and welcome!
Science and Outcomes of Allergy and Asthma Research (SOAAR) is a research team based out of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Our team aims to find answers and shape policies surrounding pediatric food allergy and asthma. If you want to learn more about our team’s research, check out our website at www.teamsoaar.com! Happy Holidays!