16 Jun Vegan Party Planning 101: Guest Post
Irrespective of how you feel about it, veganism is here to stay. If anything, it is becoming more popular, even on the island of meat-eaters, a.k.a. Cyprus.I have toyed with the idea myself but reverted to vegetarianism, which suits me perfectly. Chances are, you are curious about it yourself and most likely have a friend or two that indulge in the eating philosophy that is cruelty-free and deemed to be environmentally friendly. And summer is also the time of parties, barbecues and assorted celebrations, often centred around food and drinks. So what does one do, if one has to suddenly throw a party for people that do not eat mini burgers? Luckily for us, Roxana Oliver will tell us exactly how to host a vegan party.
Vegan Party Planning 101
Parties are always fun because there are thousands of different themes to work with. If you are devoted to the vegan lifestyle and you would like to host a party, we have a few tips and tricks for you. No matter whether your friends and coworkers are vegan or not, there are always delicious meals and snacks that everyone is bound to enjoy. So, let’s look at some important things to keep in mind when it comes to planning a vegan party.
Sort out the essentials
There are several details that are essential if you want to host a successful party. If this party is happening at your home, you will be in charge of everything. Thus, you can get some of your friends to help you with the organization. If the party is more work-related, you can do the same with your coworkers who are willing to participate. Also, you need to figure out the guest list in order to buy the right amount of food and drinks. Another important detail is deciding whether this will be a sit-down dinner or something more casual, like a buffet of snacks and finger foods. Lastly, be aware of any food allergies, dietary restrictions or preferences, so everyone can safely enjoy your party.
Even though it doesn’t seem like it, beverages are a big deal. You should provide a variety of drinks in order to meet everyone’s needs. You don’t have to have a full bar since you surely don’t want to spend the entire party playing bartender, but try to provide both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Also, when choosing beers and wines for your party, remember that they are not all vegan, and you should try to offer some vegan-friendly options. One of the most popular and favorite wines is sangria, which you can easily make yourself.
Meals and snacks
No matter what type of party you’re having, there are plenty of food options. If you’re planning a sit-down dinner, you can prepare various vegan-friendly courses, such as vegan cheese steaks, veggie burgers, pastas and so on. However, if the party is more casual and you plan on having a buffet, there is an array of snacks you can provide. These include various vegan meatballs, finger foods, bite-size cheese snacks and so on. If the party is a bit bigger or you just don’t have the time to cook, you can always rely on catering services. Wicked Foods have great vegan finger food if you are not in the mood for cooking or are simply not familiar with all the vegan rules. I used their services and was very happy on a couple of occasions. I am sure you can find local vegan catering service where you live.
Party is not a party if you’re not satisfying everyone’s sweet tooth. No matter the purpose, style or theme of your party, you can always prepare some cakes, bars and other sweets for your guests. For chocolate cakes, you can rely on vegan Oreo chocolate cake and if you like cheesecakes, then you can opt for raw blueberry or hazelnut pumpkin cheesecake. Also, there is a variety of vegan ice cream cakes, such as raw layered banana ice cream cake, which can be a nice refreshment during a summer party. Additionally, you can prepare various sweet bars with seeds, berries and oats and provide some delicious treats for your buffet.
Pay attention to décor
Besides the vegan-friendly food, you should make sure the rest of the décor corresponds to the style of the party. Focus on eco-friendly decorations, serving utensils and plates. You can decorate the table with some natural decorations, such as freshly picked flowers and dry leaves, and you can put up a few vegan candles. Also, avoid using any leather, wool or fur furnishing on chairs, and simply go for natural materials. Lastly, don’t forget to prepare some music, and you can even opt for some songs by vegan musicians to lift up the spirit of your party.
As you can see, planning a vegan party is just like planning any other party. There are plenty of options when it comes to food, drinks, and décor, so that shouldn’t be an issue.
Roxana Oliver is a blogger and traveler from Sydney, Australia. She has a penchant for health and beauty and is a regular contributor for various blogs. She has previously contributed to a wide variety of online publications on topics ranging from wedding themes to ‘workout nutrition: do’s and don’ts’.