Any Ideas on How to Celebrate Without Junk Food?

I am going to digress from the usual topics on this blog post, and talk about a parenting challenge that I have: Managing junk food intake at a party! I totally understand that it is a party and that we need to have fun, BUT do we need junk food to enjoy?

In the past two months, I have been to five parties—they were all fun, but loaded with sugar and all kinds of food coloring. I feel guilty when I take my kids to these parties and watch them eat and get a sugar rush. I don’t want to say “no” and make them feel like they don’t belong in the group or the fun.

I don’t have any ideas on how to address this issue, because it seems like I am fighting the whole system and our culture of unhealthy eating. It is everywhere at school parties, private parties, sports parties—everywhere.

If you have any suggestions on how to address this challenge, please share at