Friday, December 23, 2011

It's Time to Party

You are most likely going to host a party this holiday season, or go to one.  Vegan Mom and I have hosted/helped host two parties thus far.  The first was a neighbourhood affair with about 50 people in attendance so I thought I'd share what we did to help you with your own partying over the next week or so.  Many apologies for the quality of the pictures; they were snapped rather quickly right before guests came through the door.

We tried to do a mix of savoury and sweet.  On the savoury side we had a corn and bean salsa with chips, as described here.  You can also see a fruit tray, some mixed nuts, veggies and hummus, and pretzel bites for the kiddies.  
 The biggest hit by far on the savoury side was a large crockpot of Creamy Zucchini Soup (not pictured here) with baguette slices and focaccia for dunking.

 And now the sweet: If you look at the top picture again you will see mini chocolate cupcakes with mocha frosting (all from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World).  People love those things!  Vegan Mom went to town with the cookies.  Here we see Sugar Cookies and Gingerbread Men.
 Also: lemon tarts (Isa's lemon square filling from Veganomicon) and mincemeat tarts (if you are not making your own mincemeat, make sure the stuff you buy does not have suet (i.e. beef or mutton fat) in it).
 Chai Shortbread from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar.
 And, of course, stollen.


C... said...

THat's a lot of festive food! Enjoy! :) I don't cook much for the holidays. I have a picky autistic son and he eats toast and hot dogs daily. LOL He won't even eat cookies :(. We baked gingerbread cookies though.

Val said...

OMG, thank you *so* much for the Creamy Zucchini Soup recipe! I made it tonight for our Christmas Eve dinner and it was a huge hit all around, even my picky son commented how awesome it tasted!!! :D
It'll be a staple in this household for sure from now on!

Thank you so much for all your wonderful effort all these years in blogging and sharing wonderful recipes with the rest of us!

Wishing you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and all the best & peace for the new year 2012!!!

Greetings from Sicily,
Val :)

Veggie Tales said...

Holy moly, it looks like you two were very busy hosts! Everything looks and sounds amazing too!

HollyVeg said...

Holy cow! I had to host a party for FIVE people yesterday and it was stressful to make sure there would be enough for everyone to eat. I can't imagine hosting a party for FIFTY! Looks like you both had everything under control though! Gotta try that zucchini soup.

Hope you're having a wonderful holiday, and enjoying the time off from marking :-)

Esculpindo Ilusões said...

Feliz 2012 repleto de realizações e saúde!!!

Rose said...

I just found your blog, and I am in love! I'm going through all the recipes and notes. This becoming vegan is not going to be as difficult as I thought.

Oh, and the pictures are amazing! Rose

Brittany Boersma said...

I have been meaning to try that Chai Shortbread for a while now! I am very jealous of this massive feast...

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Elizabeth said...

All of the food sounds great. It's nice to see a vegan food blog. I love cooking and baking all types of vegan dishes. I am also incredibly passionate about the cause to end animal cruelty, while helping the environment and our health. I will keep an eye out for your blog and its delicious recipes. If you're curious about any current events with food, factory farming, etc., feel free to visit my blog at

richart2012 said...

I used Pure Vegan B12 spray.There is also a cheaper version that does not advertise vegan but says so on the label called Pure Advantage B12. The ingredients are identical.


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