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PostPosted: Sun Feb 18, 2007 11:44 pm 
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Oh, this is hard.

I think I would do what you said in your last post and have them over for a special 'second celebration'. Sometimes the stress of going through all the replacements and safety guards doesn't equal full participation in the event. I think if the family comes over at a later date, it is a win win win situation:your daughter gets to have fun with her friend, the birthday girl gets to celebrate some more, and you can relax and have a good time watching your daughter enjoy herself with a pal.

I understand the want to be with all the others -- I would feel sad about not being able to do that for my child -- but I think it is just 'too much' because it is all around your daughter's allergen. I would say thank you to the mom for the invite and the effort to keep it safe, and then say you can't make it but you would like to invite them over to dinner to celebrate. If she wants to know why that will be more difficult to talk about but if she is a buddy she will understand.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2007 7:37 am 
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I would say thank you to the mom for the invite and the effort to keep it safe, and then say you can't make it but you would like to invite them over to dinner to celebrate. If she wants to know why that will be more difficult to talk about but if she is a buddy she will understand.

In the end this is what I did. Yes, she understands and we will get together at a later date. Our daughter has been invited to a bowling party the same day by her daycare provider who really gets the whole allergy thing. Her niece is peanut allergic and has celiac.
That being said I feel like a bit of a hypocrit because we(daughter and I) just came back from an overnight sleepover with her Sparks group. We slept at the local Science and Tech Museum. They had pizza and made icecream using liquid Nitrogen.
I am OK with this because they weren't actually making the pizza's and the icecream was a demonstration so its' workspace was very confined.

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Me: allergies to some tree that flowers in May
Cat: allergic to beef, pork and lamb


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