As a vegetarian, you almost certainly already know the disappointment involved in trying to find good food to eat at any parties you go to. You most likely usually offer to bring something for the host so that you know there'll be at least 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. There are tons of wonderful vegetarian dishes to choose from. You could even prepare cards labeling some of your more exotic dishes on the buffet ( this is particularly beneficial for ethnic foods ) so people know what they are going to be eating. As a party favor, you could print a little recipe book or recipe cards with instructions on how to prepare a couple of your favorite dishes. ( Who knows, maybe they'll make it the next time they invite you over to their house!
Though some salad munchers, particularly those that eat vegetarian for health reasons, rather than moral or environmental reasons may opt to prepare meat-based dishes to serve along side vegetarian foods, many salad munchers do not like cooking beef and will decide to test their guests with a new and various menu of vegetarian party foods.
Another nice perk of serving vegetarian food is that it can be less expensive. Though, if you go hell for leather for fresh berries and fruit ( which isn't in season around New Year's Eve ) or a large amount of fancy wines and cheeses, your party may not be too cost-effective. One way to cut back on the cost of the party is to substitute hearty vegetarian dishes in the place of the more expensive beef dishes. If properly prepared, most guests won't even miss the presence of the meat. Heavy soups that are familiar to meat-eaters ( like bean chili, black bean soup, or split pea soup ) are a great choice as the tastes and appearance are familiar and the tastes mix together well even without the addition of burger or ham. When selecting these recipes, it is critical to follow each recipe punctiliously and not make any substitutions. This is important because items you may substitute into the recipes may contain animal products. Making these substitutions will result in your dishes not being totally vegetarian.
Another way to offer a distinct vegetarian menu is to generate the party in to a potluck. Then again, in case nearly the entire guests are not green-eaters, they may have a problem planning what to bring and might also by mistake incorporate ingredients with animal products in the dish.You can always suggest what you would favor your guests to bring, like for example a friend who can really whip up a good guacamole can be asked to bring it along with some chips and salsa, or a neighbor who can share her fantastic hummus and pita bread, or asked what they would prefer to bring...
Another important thing to remember when planning a vegetarian New Years Eve party is that it is important to make sure the guests are mindful of your intentions. This is particularly important if the event is going to be a potluck. it's also pleasantness even if you'll be preparing all of the food so that the guests know what to expect when they attend the party. Some meat-eaters are extraordinarily wary about trying new dishes, so be sure 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 also.
Bear in mind, since you are the host of your party, essentially your most crucial function is to ensure your visitors are comfy and having a wonderful time. Encourage them to get to know each other through assisting and arranging new conversational acquaintances, prepare some interesting pastimes, such as toasting in the New Year 'around the globe' every time the clock strikes an hour, as well as ensure everyone driving home is in good shape to do so.
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Party planning is fun, but it can be a lot of work. Getting the food right is especially important because if people are hungry they won't be happy. Check out these food party planning ideas for some great tips!