For many people, birthdays are a time to celebrate with people they love. That includes vegans. While it is easy enough to organise standard party fare for parties where there are no special dietary requirements you need to be aware of, with how popular veganism is and the fact that more people are aware of allergies etc., the logistics of throwing a successful birthday bash are made all the more difficult.
As you are likely to be catering to a mixed crowd (unless you really want to just have a vegans-only party), then you need to make sure the food and other goodies appeal to everyone in attendance – that means the carnivores, vegetarians, vegans and those who are lactose intolerant or avoid gluten. Don’t worry or fret, though, as we are here to make things a little easier for you with some sure-fire tips for a successful vegan-friendly birthday do that everyone can enjoy.
Iron Out all the Details
All parties require a lot of planning, but even more so when you are trying to work on a selection of food, treats, snacks and cake that is going to be edible for all in attendance, so no one feels left out or marginalised. During these trying times, it’s likely you will only be having a small gathering if any at all, but looking ahead to a time when restrictions are lifted, you need to work out the type of event it is going to be,
Will it be a buffet-style, help yourself spread of food or a proper sit-down meal? As you are likely to be making a list of all those who are due to attend, take a note at the same time of any important dietary requirements. That way you can calculate how many people are going to have a problem with sausage rolls and ham sandwiches.
Look At Alternative Cake Options
In the past, the idea of having a birthday cake that appealed to vegans and those with strict dietary requirements may have been more difficult. Nowadays, fortunately, in response to the high demand for those considerations to be made it is quite easy to find birthday cakes that will not cause problems for vegans or those who have problems with gluten.
Supply Drinks or Make it BYOB?
This is a conundrum that many people face when organising parties – do you supply the drinks or make it BYOB or bring your own bottle. That really depends on the type of people who are going to be attending and what the drinks requirements are. A mixture of both is often a good way to go, then you are not blowing your entire budget for the party of beverages. The most important thing, when it is a party that people of all ages will be attending, though, is to ensure there is a selection of fizzy, diluted, alcoholic and hot drinks available so that everyone can have something.
Vegan Finger Food
Whoever said vegan food was boring food, has not really tried good vegan food. There is no reason why you can’t have flavoursome finger food that is vegan-friendly for your party. Look for recipes online and go to the vegan and free from sections of your local supermarket for some great options.