Allergies come in all shapes and sizes and can be a nightmare for party goers that have them. Christmas parties can be particularly challenging in Michigan since we are often stuck inside with the recirculated air. Pet allergies, dust and mold allergies, food allergies, and asthma symptoms can all become a problem during holiday get togethers. So, what can you do as a host to keep your party as allergy friendly as possible?
The first step is to put your pet in a seperate room from the guests. This will eliminate anxiety and chance encounters of your pet with those that are allergic. Vacuum and throughly dust the rooms where your guests will be visiting. Most importantly, vacuum off couches and chairs to rid the area of pet hair as much as possible. Those with severe pet allergies will simply react to the dander in your home, and a through cleaning will not be enough to keep them from a negative reaction. Do not be offended if they have to leave early. It’s not your cleaning skills.
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Dust and mold allergies can lead to asthma symptoms in those predisposed. Once you have throughly dusted for the party, make sure to minimize the amount of scented candles you put out. The combination of scented candles, a hard working furnase, and lots of people in a small space can make the air stuffy and difficult to breathe for an asthmatic. Consider lighting a scented candle prior to the start of the party to provide an inviting scent for guests when they enter. After guests arrive, just have the unscented candles lit. This will help minimize issues for your asthmatic guests. Additionally, consider keeping turning the fireplace off. It is not really neccessary in a heated house, and will create much more heat and headache than ambiance in the end.
Be proactive and ask your guests if they have any food allergies in the invitation. This shows your guests that you are concerned about their needs and willing to do what you can to accommodate them. If a guest contacts you with some food allergy requests, be honest with them on how you will be able to meet their needs. If you are not comfortable with handling cross-contamination issues or being responsible for checking each item for allergens, make sure to tell your guest your concerns. Ask your guest what foods you can have available that would be safe. Your guest may decide to bring their own food or may bi-pass trying some of the food you serve. Try not to be offended. Your guest most likely feels more uncomfortable than you do by declining. Remind yourself that your guest needs to do whatever they feel necessary to keep themself safe, and that you do not want them to have a reaction either!
Christams parties are a lot of fun. Take some time ahead to prepare and then enjoy it!
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