As a vegetarian, you probably already know the disappointment involved in trying to find delicious food to eat at any parties you go to. You probably typically offer to bring something for the host so you know there will be at lesat ONE thing at the party that you can eat. This year, why not take matters into your own hands and host your own New Year's Eve party - with vegetarian food all around. Your dieting friends may be happy to be eating a littler lighter and the majority of your visitors potentially will not spot the difference. There are plenty of wonderful vegetarian dishes to choose between.
If you are a good cook, be prepared for your guests to request some of the new recipes they try out at your place. You could even prepare cards labeling some of your more exotic dishes on the buffet ( this is particularly helpful for ethnic foods ) so folk know what they're going to be eating. ( Who knows, perhaps they will make it the next time they invite you over to their house!
Though, if you go flat out for fresh berries and fruit ( which is not in season around New Year's Eve ) or a large amount of fancy wines and cheeses, your party might not be too economical. A technique to cut down on the cost of the party is to substitute hearty vegetarian dishes in the place of the more expensive meat dishes. If properly prepared, most guests won't even miss the presence of the meat. Heavy soups that are familiar to meat-eaters ( such as bean chili, black bean soup, or split pea soup ) are a great choice as the flavours and appearance are familiar and the tastes blend together well even without the addition of burger or ham.
Irrespective of the reason for throwing a vegetarian New Years Eve party, the host does have to do a certain quantity of planning and preparation to ensure the event is totally vegetarian. When choosing these recipes, it is important to follow each recipe carefully and not make any substitutions. This is important because items you'll substitute into the recipes may contain animal products. Making these substitutions will result in your dishes not being totally vegetarian.
Alternately another way to provide a various vegetarian menu is to make the event a potluck. This is especially a great idea if the majority of the guests are also vegans because they likely have already got a number of vegetarian recipes to share. However, if almost all of the guests are not vegetarians, they could have difficulty deciding what to bring and could also coincidentally include ingredients with animal products in the food. In this example, suggest what you'd like your guests to bring -'Jim, you're making a mean guacamole, would you mind whipping that up and bring it together with some salsa and chips?''Erin, I loved that hummus and peta bread you served last summer... Another significant thing to bear in mind when planning a vegetarian New Years Eve party is that it's vital to ensure the guests are conscious of your motives. it is also courtesy even if you will be preparing all of the food so that the guests know what to expect when they attend the party. Some meat-eaters are very wary about trying new dishes, so be certain to have some staples out that everyone will love. Bread, fruit, pretzels, chips and nuts are great vegetarian options that are popular among'main stream' dieters too. Inspire them to get to know one another by helping set up new conversational partners, plan some fun activities (like toasting in the New Year'around the world' each time the clock hits a new hour), and make sure everyone driving home is fit to do so.
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