On special occasions, such as sporting events, pizza days at school, classroom parties, sleepovers or birthday parties, there are a few basic rules to follow:
Contact the organizer for the following details: What food will be served and when? What physical activities are planned?
Determine the foods being served and how they will fit into your child's meal plan (your dietitian can help you if you are uncertain).
How the food "fits in" depends on when it's being served. Meals or snacks can be split as needed to allow your child to eat with the other children.
If there will be a great deal of physical activity, extra fruits or vegetables or starch may be needed. An adjustment to insulin may be possible also.
For family feasts and holidays, it's important to keep as many "traditionals" as possible, but the ones involving food may need to be modified somewhat. Calculate favourite recipes to determine their food choice value. Sometimes new traditions can be formed that are not food related.
Here are some tips for special occasions: