In honor of my bookclub’s 3rd anniversary, I hosted my first all-vegan dinner party to surprise everyone.
I’ve had dreams of hosting a traditional, sit-down dinner at my dining table; not the typical, serve-and-seat-yourself type of affair. Since becoming totally committed to staying on track with eating healthier, I was a bit intimidated, especially since my dinner guests weren’t vegan. However I figured there was no better time than now to demonstrate to myself and to my girlfriends that vegan can be delicious, presentable, and social.
My style is pretty eclectic, and my home reflects that. I strive to make a bang with presentation and with vegan meals, presentation is everything!
- Simple white china made the food look best. Period. Classic white gave the food the opportunity to shine. I also threw in a few red serving plates for a pinch of color.
- Fresh flowers made everything look luxurious. A vase of fresh flowers has the power to turn a dingy, dusty, dig into a magazine-worthy room.
- I used trays to create vignettes: A few appetizers on a tray is very appealing.
- I created stations…I had a tea station, a dessert station, and the main meal was on the dining table…that could be classified as a station too.
Vegan food is delicious. And I’ve found, that as long as the food tastes good, people will generally eat it. I make what I like to eat and that usually works. Make familiar foods, but the key to getting people to try something new, is to not make food that tastes too different from the real thing—people will notice.
My Dinner Party Menu
Fried Plantain and Roasted Peanuts
Deconstructed 5-layer dip (Homemade Guacamole, salsa, vegan sour cream, black bean dip, sweet corn relish)
Tofu Spinach Lasagna
House Salad with homemade Red Wine Vinaigrette
Tuscan bread with seasoned olive oil dip
Coconut Lime Pound Cake
Chocolate-Covered Coconut Bites
Chocolate fudge bites
Rice crispy treats
Apple Caramel Sangria
Besides the tortilla chips, bread, and salsa, everything was homemade from scratch. Part of the social aspect of this dinner party was getting to sample all of the different dishes; I think the plentiful options added to the fun.