As a vegetarian, you already know the disappointment involved in trying to find tasty food to eat at any parties you attend. You most likely typically offer to bring something for the host so that you know there'll 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 chums could be happy to be eating a littler lighter and almost all of your guests doubtless will not notice the difference. There are tons 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 smorgasboard ( this is particularly helpful for ethnic foods ) so folks know what they are going to be eating. ( Who knows, maybe they'll make it next time they invite you over to their house!
Although some vegetarians, particularly those that eat vegetarian for health reasons, rather than ethical or environmental reasons may decide to prepare meat-based dishes to serve along side vegetarian foods, many vegetarians don't enjoy cooking meat and will choose to challenge their guests with a new and various menu of vegetarian party foods.
Another nice benefit of serving vegetarian food is that it can be less costly. Though, if you go flat out for fresh berries and fruit ( which isn't in season around New Year's Eve ) or a lot of fancy wines and cheeses, your party won't be too cheap. A technique to cut down on the pricetag of the party is to substitute hearty vegetarian dishes in the place of the more expensive meat dishes.
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 guarantee the event is totally vegetarian. One way to do this is to consult vegetarian cooking books to look for recipes that will make a good edition to the party menu. When selecting these recipes, it is important to follow each recipe carefully and not make any substitutions. Making these substitutions will result in your dishes not being totally vegetarian.
This is especially a good idea if the majority of the guests are also vegetarians because they likely have already got a number of vegetarian recipes to share. However, if almost all of the guests are not vegetarians, they might have difficulty deciding what to bring and might also accidentally include ingredients with animal products in the food. In this situation, suggest what you'd like your guests to bring -'Jim, you are making a mean guacamole, would you mind whipping that up and bring it along with some salsa and chips?''Erin, I loved that hummus and peta bread you served last summer... Another important thing to remember when arranging a vegetarian New Years Eve party is that it's vital to ensure the guests are aware of your intentions. Some meat-eaters are extremely cautious about trying new dishes, so be certain to have some staples out that everybody will like. Bread, fruit, pretzels, chips and nuts are great vegetarian options that are seriously popular among'main stream' dieters as well . Remember, as the host of your party, the most significant role you can play is to make sure your visitors are comfortable and having a great time.
Planning a great party can be a lot of fun, or it can be a drag. A lot of that depends on whether or not you feel prepared. Visit Planning A Great Party for more food party planning ideas as well as our free mini-course on how offer games, food and fun to all your guests at your next party!!