How to Host a Dairy-Free Winter Birthday Party

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It’s snowing here. Again. Christmas is but a memory, and spring seems like a dream. I think it’s time to have a winter birthday party to cheer us all up. But not just any party – a snow-themed dairy-free birthday party for my winter babies – who aren’t really babies anymore. *sniff* Call the neighbors! Let’s party!

How to Host a Fun Winter Birthday Party (with tips for dairy-free, gluten-free, and food allergies for guests and guests of honor!)

Winter Birthday Party Invitations

Besides listing the date and time and other pertinent information, ask everyone to bundle up and bring their snow gear (sleds, snowboards and helmets) with them for an active winter birthday party. Adults may want to bring folding chairs. Provide information about a Plan B if the weather doesn’t cooperate. We’ve had our annual dairy-free snow birthday party on the original date or been able to reschedule every year but one. That year we took everyone to a G-rated matinee at our local, reasonably-priced movie theater.

How to Host a Fun Winter Birthday Party (with tips for dairy-free, gluten-free, and food allergies for guests and guests of honor!)

The Dairy-Free Winter Birthday Party Menu

  • Dairy-Free Hot Dogs (We like Hebrew National)
  • Dairy-Free Hot Dog Buns
  • Condiments
  • Dairy-Free Chili for Chili Dogs or just a Cup of Chili
  • Snowman Arms (Pretzel Rods)
  • Snowman Noses (Baby Carrots)
  • Snowman Eyes/Mouths (Raisins)
  • Slow Cooker Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate (Recipe here)
  • Hot Cider
  • Cold Bottled Water–Sledding is hard work!
  • Snow-Themed Cookies: This year we made dairy-free sugar cookies with a melted snowman decoration. The idea came from Rachael Ray’s EveryDay magazine. Another year we made mitten-shaped sugar cookies holding marshmallow “snowballs.” Cookies are much easier to hold and eat than cupcakes or cake when you have gloved or mittened hands. This is the voice of experience speaking.

How to Host a Fun Winter Birthday Party (with tips for dairy-free, gluten-free, and food allergies for guests and guests of honor!)

Additional Supplies:

  • Paper Goods and Trash Bags
  • A Nice Warm Fire and/or Space Heaters
  • Extra Gloves, Hats, Mittens, and Scarves
  • Snow Brick and Snowball Makers
  • Snow Paint: Three to Four Drops of Food Coloring in a Water-Filled Squirt Bottle
  • Helpful Adults
  • Treat Bags Full of Printable Crafts for Everyone to Enjoy in Their Warm Homes After the Party

How to Host a Fun Winter Birthday Party (with tips for dairy-free, gluten-free, and food allergies for guests and guests of honor!)

We are fortunate to have a large sledding hill and consistently snowy weather. However, we’ve thrown successful backyard snow birthday parties, too. They focus a bit more on snow sculpture and snow painting rather than extreme snow sports, but they are still a lot of fun, especially for younger party goers.

No Snow? Even if you don’t have snow, you can still have a snow-themed winter birthday party. Decorate dairy-free lemon sorbet “snowmen” with raisins, baby carrots, and pretzel sticks. Make a snowman-shaped beanbag toss game and throw marshmallow “snowballs” in the holes. Have a marshmallow snowball fight. Make snowman cookies. Make paper snowflakes for a craft. Hand out winter-themed treat bags. Use your imagination!

And of course, you can always make Dairy-Free Crockpot Hot Chocolate whether or not the snow falls!

How to Host a Fun Winter Birthday Party (with tips for dairy-free, gluten-free, and food allergies for guests and guests of honor!)

What are Your Favorite Winter Birthday Party Ideas, Recipes, or Memories?

About Author

Sarah is the Associate Editor for Go Dairy Free. She also shares food and daily dilemmas as a milk allergy mom via her blog, No Whey, Mama. Sarah’s previous experience includes work as a copy editor at Thoroughbred Times magazine, a content writer at Travelago.com, and an intern at Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

7 Comments

  1. This sounds like a fun way to enjoy the snow with friends! I live near the coast in CA and have no idea on how to make a snow day fun and would have never dreamed that one could dry gloves like in the picture above (that’s what you’re doing right? LOL). Very cute, thanks for sharing.

  2. Why haven’t I thought of this? Probably because we don’t have any winter birthdays, but I don’t think you need a birthday to have an excuse to get together in the winter. I’d add marshmallows and sticks to your great list. We always enjoy an outdoor fire when we’re spending time in the yard in the winter. Thanks for the great ideas.

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