Holiday parties - what do you do to get through them?

Posted on: Thu, 11/21/2019 - 10:26am
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Right after Thanksgiving next week holiday party season kicks off. Between office parties and clients' parties, as well as friends and family, sometimes I don't know how I make it through each time without incident. To be honest, when I go to these parties, I eat quite a hefty meal at home beforehand, so as to avoid being hungry and taking the chance on eating something that may contain peanuts or possible cross contamination. I would love to participate and eat all of the yummy food but I don't feel like it's worth the risk. How do you all make it through the holiday parties? Do you eat the food?

Posted on: Fri, 11/29/2019 - 1:36pm
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Sunshine, you do exactly what I do. I always eat before going to a party unless I know that the hosts are aware and cater to PA. I have a couple of friends who have house parties during the holidays and they'll have special prep and a section especially for their PA family and friends. It's nice. Otherwise, I will not touch the food when I'm at a holiday party. If it's catered, I'll talk to the servers and/or caterer about the food.

Posted on: Mon, 12/02/2019 - 11:12am
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If I am friends with the hosts I will remind them of my PA. But if I am not close to them then I will ask about the food when I arrive. I'll usually talk to the caterer and sometimes they do cater to PA. When I'm unsure, I will eat beforehand and usually bring a protein bar in my purse. I know that sounds silly but sometimes I have to go from one party to the next and it ends up being a long evening so I bring a snack just in case I get hungry.

Posted on: Mon, 12/02/2019 - 2:27pm
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Thank you! It's a good idea to talk to the host or caterer. I'm always a bit shy when it comes to that but I do need to start speaking up otherwise I'll starve every time I'm out.

Posted on: Tue, 12/03/2019 - 4:39pm
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When I'm invited to a party I usually contact the host and talk to them about my allergies. They are always receptive and accommodating. If I don't think they'll have options for me then I'll eat at home beforehand.

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