For many people, birthdays are a time to celebrate with people they love. That includes vegans. While it is easy enough to organise standard party fare for parties where there are no special dietary requirements you need to be aware of, with how popular veganism is and the fact that more people are aware of allergies etc., the logistics of throwing a successful birthday bash are made all the more difficult.
As you are likely to be catering to a mixed crowd (unless you really want to just have a vegans-only party), then you need to make sure the food and other goodies appeal to everyone in attendance – that means the carnivores, vegetarians, vegans and those who are lactose intolerant or avoid gluten. Don’t worry or fret, though, as we are here to make things a little easier for you with some sure-fire tips for a successful vegan-friendly birthday do that everyone can enjoy.
Iron Out all the Details
All parties require a lot of planning, but even more so when you are trying to work on a selection of food, treats, snacks and cake that is going to be edible for all in attendance, so no one feels left out or marginalised. During these trying times, it’s likely you will only be having a small gathering if any at all, but looking ahead to a time when restrictions are lifted, you need to work out the type of event it is going to be,
Will it be a buffet-style, help yourself spread of food or a proper sit-down meal? As you are likely to be making a list of all those who are due to attend, take a note at the same time of any important dietary requirements. That way you can calculate how many people are going to have a problem with sausage rolls and ham sandwiches.
Look At Alternative Cake Options
In the past, the idea of having a birthday cake that appealed to vegans and those with strict dietary requirements may have been more difficult. Nowadays, fortunately, in response to the high demand for those considerations to be made it is quite easy to find birthday cakes that will not cause problems for vegans or those who have problems with gluten.
Supply Drinks or Make it BYOB?
This is a conundrum that many people face when organising parties – do you supply the drinks or make it BYOB or bring your own bottle. That really depends on the type of people who are going to be attending and what the drinks requirements are. A mixture of both is often a good way to go, then you are not blowing your entire budget for the party of beverages. The most important thing, when it is a party that people of all ages will be attending, though, is to ensure there is a selection of fizzy, diluted, alcoholic and hot drinks available so that everyone can have something.
Vegan Finger Food
Whoever said vegan food was boring food, has not really tried good vegan food. There is no reason why you can’t have flavoursome finger food that is vegan-friendly for your party. Look for recipes online and go to the vegan and free from sections of your local supermarket for some great options.
Often, viruses spread fast between children when a large group of them gathers together or through touch. For example, disease-causing microorganisms such as viruses and bacteria remain on your hands when you touch another child’s play items.
Proper hygiene is crucial to preventing or reducing the spread of diseases. Here are some basic preventive and hygiene measures to help reduce the spread of viruses among children.
Basic Hygiene Practices at School, Day Care, and Home
While protecting your child from highly infectious diseases can be difficult, you can instill in them hygiene practices. Doing so reduces their risk of getting infected. Ensure your child understands the following.
- Viruses spread when they touch their mouth, nose, or mouth with dirty hands. Your child should understand proper respiratory health practices such as sneezing or coughing in their arm to keep the mouth covered.
- They should not share personal belongings such as toothbrushes, combs, utensils, drinks, food, or hats.
- They should wash their hands after blowing their nose and using the toilet. Further, they should learn how to dry their hands thoroughly after washing them clean. Where there is no access to water, children can even use a hand sanitizer.
- If you opt to use sanitizer, it’s crucial to choose one that is alcohol-free. https://www.sanzi.co.uk/ has one of the best, long-lasting, and alcohol-free sanitizer. Sanitizers are ideal for killing disease-causing organisms. Here is a guide to effective hand washing.
Dampen your hands and apply hand wash or soap.
Rub the hands together for approximately 20 seconds. Teach them to sing and repeat the happy birthday song twice as they clean their hands.
Rub in between the fingers and the back of the wrists, hands, and under the fingernails.
Rinse well and dry using a clean towel.
- They should cover their mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing. Teach your child how to hold a tissue to guarantee full coverage of the mouth and nose and protection of their hands. Let them understand how to dispose of the used tissue properly.
- They should keep a safe distance between each other.
- Always use clean and dry tissues or paper towels and avoid touching used tissue.
If your child is less than 2 years, then you should assist them to ensure they do not spread viruses or get infected. Do so by:
- Disinfecting their pay items and shared toys frequently
- Washing their hands regularly
If your child goes to daycare, check their policies about hygiene and handling sick children. Make sure they conform to all health protocols given by the health ministry in your country.
Remember, smoke causes inflammation of the mucous membranes in a child’s lungs, sinuses, and nose making them more vulnerable to infections. Ensure they are not exposed to second-hand smoke.
Should your child get sick, withdrawing them from the daycare and isolating them from other children until they feel better would be ideal. Seek treatment as soon as possible.
Stopping the spread of viruses and infections among children can be a difficult task but it is doable. Make sure your child conforms to these and any other guidelines set out by health organizations both locally and globally.
Painting is an incredibly expressive form of art, which can allow you to convey emotions, feeling, life, death, and everything in between. However, despite how relative and subjective ability is in the artform of painting, it can be a little intimidating for beginners. Especially if those beginners are children. It takes a lot of practice and honing your skills to really have mastery over the different brush strokes required for high quality painting.
There is a way that kids can really get a full range of benefits from painting, without necessarily having an artistic flair or skilled ability. We’re talking about painting by numbers. Painting by number kits normally consist of pictures that have been divided up into different smaller sections, each with a specific number. Alongside the picture or in a special key on a different page, there will be a guide to which color should be used to paint which numbered section.
This basically means anyone can pick up a paintbrush and create a beautiful, fridge-worthy piece of art. That’s not the only benefit of encouraging your children to try painting by numbers, though, as you will see from the following post.
Improves Brain Power and Increase Concentration
When anyone is involved in painting, they need to concentrate. Painting requires the full attention of your children. When they are involved in painting by numbers, both hemispheres of their brains are engaged and stimulated, both the left and the right. The right is the side that is related to their emptions and creativity, while the left is connected to rational and logic.
Improves their Motor Skills
Their motor skills, that is, their ability to use their hands to hold different items and instruments in a useful and productive way are very important not just during the years of their infancy but later in life. When your children do paint by numbers, they are using their hands in the way they were designed and not only improving aspects like their control and grip strength, but also the hand-eye coordination side of things in their brain. The more they practice, not only will their painting skills improve, but so too will their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills, making them more dexterity.
It’s not just physical and brain function benefits your children can gain from painting by numbers regularly, it can also help them emotionally and psychologically. Painting can be an incredibly relaxing form of art and activity. When they are painting, they can let their emotions, any frustrations and whatever’s on their mind out, in a safe and more productive way, which can lead to a happier and less stressful child.
Stress is always going to be a part of everyday life, but it doesn’t need to take over and have center stage. Which is where painting by numbers comes in. Furthermore, there is a lot of evidence to suggest that painting by numbers and paining in general can help resolve communication problems, ease tensions and responses to conflicts.