1. Alicia- Communicate. Call well before the party to alert your host to your food sensitivities. Be specific about your food “triggers,” clearly explaining what you can (and can’t) eat.
Jenn-Take a deep breath and think about what you would do if you were the host of the situation. My guess is you would try and do something to accommodate. Most people, especially people that care about you, don’t want you to get sick and will try their best to help out…or at least let you know ahead of time if there won’t be something safe, so you can eat ahead of time.
2. A- Embrace the potluck. Bring a favorite dish to the party. That way, there will definitely be something safe for you to eat.
J- Make the dish you bring something that you would be happy with, even if it’s the only thing on your plate.