January 2012 Moms

Vegetarian 1st Birthday

I haven't posted on this site since baby girl was just little so hopefully I'm still welcome. : )

DD's 1st bday is coming up and we are having a small party with family this weekend...both sets of grandparents, both sets of aunts and uncles, great aunt who is like an additional grandparent, 5 cousins, two friends and a baby.

None of these people are vegetarians...we are.

Question- do we serve all vegetarian food? If you were to attend a veg party what food would you like to see? Anything completly off limits?

I'm thinking baked beans, corn salad, taco bar with refried beans, brown rice and black beans, lettuce, tomatos etc...

What are your thoughts?

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Re: Vegetarian 1st Birthday

  • I'm not vegetarian, but your menu sounds delicious.  My DH, however, is a meat and potatoes kind of guy and would probably be unhappy.  As the great wife that I am, and knowing whose house we were going to, I would make sure he had a decent snack beforehand.

    What I'm saying is, people attending are probably well aware of your lifestyle and will plan accordingly.  You shouldn't be forced to cook meat for a party that you're hosting.  I would add chips/salsa for those with a picky appetite.

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  • Maybe add in a fruit salad or cheese and cracker tray? Most people will eat that kind of stuff.
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  • Maybe a pasta?  Everyone likes pasta.

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    What I'm saying is, people attending are probably well aware of your lifestyle and will plan accordingly.  You shouldn't be forced to cook meat for a party that you're hosting.  I would add chips/salsa for those with a picky appetite.

    I agree with this 100%!

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  • Sounds like a great menu! We don't eat red meat and I usually try to make dishes that don't traditionally have it so people don't miss it.

    For your tacos would you consider cooking up a batch of soy crumbles for people who really want something meaty? I bet most people would think it's ground beef once they have it in a taco with all the other toppings.

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  • Serve whatever you want, it is your party!

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  • Went to a wedding where it was all vegetarian fare and only some of the people were vegetarian...the people at our table (mostly family from both sides) thought it strange. 

    Although taco bar sounds good, I'd be left wondering where the meat was.  I think bean burritos would leave less people likely to grumble...unless everyone already was very supportive of the no animal protein thing.  

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  • I am one and would just serve vegitarian fair. Your menu sounds great.
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  • My DH and I are not vegetarian. I'm pretty tolerant of vegetarian food, but DH hates it. That said, if you're going to serve a vegetarian menu, I'd recommend you go either Mexican or Italian.

    With Italian, you can serve cheese and veggie pizza, cheese lasagna and pastas, breadsticks or garlic bread, etc. etc. No one will miss the meat.

    With Mexican you can do your taco/salad bar, plus cheese enchiladas.

    I don't know if you're into 'substitute' meats like ground soy, seitan, etc. etc. but honestly, every single time a vegan or vegetarian has served these to my DH saying "you won't be able to tell the difference!" he has begged not to be taken back to their parties. 

    ETA: I just realized I'm not on my BMB. Oh well. I'll leave this post here in case it's helpful. Haha. 

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  • personally I think it's very strange when people have a problem with skipping meat for one single meal of their lives. I'd say if you're vegetarian, you should serve what you would be comfortable eating. If someone is so starving for meat after one afternoon without it? they can grab a burger on the way home.

    I'm not even close to being a vegetarian, and I would say your menu sounds delicious.

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