My friend and fellow blogger, Miche, at the-labyrinth.com recently posted about preparing a fragrance free birthday party for her daughter’s 18th birthday. Miche talks about all the preparations necessary to ensure a wonderful party for her daughter and one that won’t make her very sick in the process of hosting it. She talks about previous pitfalls during other birthday parties. Check out her blog. I think you will find some amazing information there.
My daughters were grown when I became ill and began developing the sensitivities to chemicals and fragrances especially so I didn’t have the awful task of planning a birthday party for 15 or more little girls while also worrying about the fragrances in their laundry soaps, shampoos, or the possibility of perfumes from the mothers who would choose to stay and watch.
I have had my share of dealing with outdoor get togethers and having to run for cover (so to speak) to avoid the gut wrenching coughing and brain fog that comes with being too close to a very fragrant and unaware person. I have been outdoors at my daughters and managed to skirt around those who I knew I needed to avoid. Then wham the meat bees would come out just as it was time to eat. As everyone took their plates and scrambled into her house, I grabbed mine and headed for the safety of my car. Eating by myself in the car while everyone else was eating and enjoying conversation indoors was not fun but a necessary survival technique for me.
I think Miche has thought out every possible detail to allow her daughter a wonderful 18th birthday while maintaining the ability to participate in the party herself. I can’t wait to hear from her that the party was a wonderful success.