Birthday Treat for School

United States
September 29, 2010 9:28am CST
So DD1 has a b-day in a few days. Of course she wants to bring a treat for the class. Not only is it a pain normally to find something within our budget (if I can even spare it). But the school has this rule about things not being home made. Well that suxs as there are many things I can make that are inexpensive. The treats need to be preferably individual servings like cup cakes, Little Debbie, Hostess snacks ect... no biggie easy enough right?!?! Well then you toss in the fact she has a classmate whom is allergic to Milk, Eggs,& Tree Nuts what's left?!?!?!?! A fruit or veggie tray? I can't afford a store bought one of those to feed up to 30 kids & no I don't belong to a Sams Club or the alike. If I could make my own platter that would be ok, but still a lame Birthday treat + the store bought treat rule. I'm thinking of scrapping the idea unless some of you fabulous people have any ideas that cost $10 or less.
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11 responses
@katsmeow1213 (29044)
• United States
29 Sep 10
Well that sux for the kid who's allergic... isn't weird that there weren't these kinds of allergies while we were growing up? Wonder why.. or maybe they just weren't noticed. I usually go with some cupcakes from Walmart.. it can run up to like $20.. which is especially tough for the twins classes because I have to buy enough for 2 whole classes. One year I gave them the option of the cupcakes or some ice cream.. one of them chose ice cream so I bought ice cream sandwiches for that class. That could be an option.. buy a couple boxes of ice cream sandwiches for the non-allergic kids and maybe a lactose free popsicle or something for the allergic kid? Another option that I see a lot of parents doing is sending in goodie bags instead of treats. Usually they'll have a lollipop or some candies in the baggy along with a couple little toys. I've never done this for the class.. but for birthday parties I've gotten goodie bag fillers at the dollar store.
• United States
29 Sep 10
I like the ice cream sandwich idea alot. Hmmm.... maybe just popsicles that way I don't have to go nuts looking for a lactose free ice cream for one or two kids. I was thinking about the goodie bag too, but that may go over $10. That really has to get pricey w/ having the twins & bringing a treat. I wouldn't mind the cup cakes if the allergies were not there & I had the money to buy them.
@GardenGerty (104246)
• United States
30 Sep 10
This time of year there are lots of goodies in individual bags for Halloween, but Kat is right, she has kids in this age range, and some really special popsicles would be great, and under ten dollars.
@dragon54u (31638)
• United States
29 Sep 10
Go to the grocery store (like Kroger) after 4PM and you'll see marked down cakes, pies and such. You can get a couple nice cakes for $3.99 each. You can also go to the dollar store and buy boxes of cookies or packaged treats. Why in the world would they ban homemade items?! Don't they know that what we make at home is healthier and tastes better?!
• United States
29 Sep 10
We don't have a Kroger here. I wish we did I hear they have some awsome deals! It's rare to find cakes on markdown around here unless it's a holiday and they made too much. Yes things made at home would be better. Less preservatives for sure than what you find in something considered "shelf stable". Plus I can pick up a few boxes of family size brownies for $1 a box and the kids could decorate them. But with this rule I can't do didly squat other than to make something for Girl Scouts meeting.
• United States
29 Sep 10
I think it is bad that the schools have gotten so bad with all of these things and the worst things about it all is if you dont do this then you look like a bad parent through the schools eyes and also your kids are upset with you because Johnny and Janes mom brought treats in for their birthdays why cant you?? we dont have the rule that the treats have to be store bought but we have a rule that you can only bring in popsicles or something of that sort because of the kids that have allergic reactions... i know i used to go and get a box of fruit snacks for the kids when they were younger and now that they are a bit older and they are only allowed things that aare non peanut and such I get them fruit sicles, which are cheap...I usually get a box of 24 for about $4 so even if you had a class room of about 30 kids you could buy two boxes for about $8 and that would cover any kids that may have a nut or dairy allergy!!
• United States
29 Sep 10
Exactly the problem I don't want my kid to be the kid who didn't bring a treat to school for their birthday. I would not mind popcicles however I don't know if they'd have anywhere to keep them frozen til it was time. I will have to e-mail the teacher for suggestions & if a freezer would be available if need be.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
29 Sep 10
What is the reason behind this rule of the school? Are you going to put razor blades in the cupcakes? Has anyone ever poisoned food given to children at the school? It does not make sense to me at all.
• United States
29 Sep 10
I have no idea either. I thought it was a goofy rule especially if you had the time to make treats yourself why not? I've wanted to do cupcake cones for school but no dice with the no home made stuff. Kids can't even say "Hey look what I made you guys"
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
29 Sep 10
it was always exciting as a child to take a birthday treat to school. My mother always made cupcakes to send to school for myself and my siblings. My children has summer birthdays so we designated a day through the school year for them to have this special time as well.
• United States
29 Sep 10
They celebrate the summer birthdays usually the last week of school and you are invited to share a treat with the class for a class party celebrating the end of the school year.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
2 Oct 10
The only thing that I can think of is whether or not it would be possible to send a little something different for the child that has all of the different food allergies, then you would be able to get some Little Debbie or something like that from the Dollar Store and still be able to send in a treat that the child with allergies would be able to have as well. I know one of my close friend's son is diabetic and they would send him a special snack for at school when his classmates had birthdays so that he wouldn't have to watch everyone else eat.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
1 Oct 10
They can't be home made? Why the heck would they prefer that you send a treat that is chock full of chemicals? Buy some cookies and bring the kid with the allergy an apple?
@GardenGerty (104246)
• United States
30 Sep 10
The rule about no homemade treats has to do with potential liability. In addition, although your kitchen may be clean and sanitary, the next person's kitchen may not be decent and you would not want your kids having treats from their kitchen. It is kind of like the rule about Halloween and not eating unwrapped food and treats. I do not know what to tell you about the treats.
@ladym33 (11007)
• United States
29 Sep 10
How about a non edible treat? Do you have a Dollar Store nearby? Cute pencils are always nice to hand out or small toys. The dollar store usually has things like that, that come 3 in a package. If you want to stick with a food option I would go with the Little Debbies which are cheap and then I would call the teacher and ask for a recommendation for the child with the alergies and send something different for that child. My son and daughter both had kids with alergies in their classes when they were in elementary school the one kid could still have M&M's so that is what I would always send for him but that might not be good with a milk allergy because of the milk chocolate. Smarties might be a good safe choice. They are pretty much just sugar or maybe Pixie sticks you can get a lot of those for little money.
• United States
29 Sep 10
The dollar store is your best bet as most items will be individually wrapped. $5.00 would be your best expenditure with so much left over. Good luck with this as then come Halloween, thanks giving, Christmas and valentines day as well. Ugh...
• United States
29 Sep 10
But a can of jelly belly jelly beans and send a serving spoon with it. Buy a carton of ice crams and paper cups to go with it. bUy a cake from the super market and and cut it in slices. Look in the day old bakery section where things are still good and find xome cup cakes. I am sure stores have the holloween candy out already. Family dollar should have a blue bag of small sweet candy for $2.50 that is way more than enough for the class.