We’re about to celebrate my second-born’s third birthday this May. As a result of going vegan, I know that I want to make some changes to how we celebrate. Right now, I’m in the planning stages. I have to wonder, though, how do vegans party?
In this piece, I want to share with you some of my thought processes about transforming the average birthday party into a vegan one.
Determining Your Party Audience
I don’t know any vegans in “real life”, so it’s safe to say that everyone (minus me) attending this party is not vegan. That means I’m not going to make anything overtly vegan, for a party, this generally just means food.
Now, if you have more vegans in your circle, I’m sure this will impact your choices.
We prefer to invite people pretty casually. We usually create a Facebook event and call non-Facebookers individually. This cuts down on waste and postage and gives a very easy built in option for RSVPing. It also allows us to warn our guests on what they might expect. We usually give an idea as to whether the event is indoor or outdoor, what activities we’re planning, what food we’re planning, and what gifts (if any) might be a good idea.
I haven’t explicitly written “no toys with animal exploitation imagery (such as farms or zoos)” as I’m not comfortable with actually saying that to my circle, but that certainly is an option. We feel that presenting ideas cuts back on undesirable gifts.
That said, I have had to make certain gifts disappear in the past. We once got a gift which included a cow singing about how good her life is on the farm. It was rather obnoxious!
Food & Drink
As I’m playing hostess to omnivores, I’ll be choosing food and drink options that are accidentally or incidentally vegan. No tofu scrambles or seitan sandwiches. Food choices might include things like: potato chips, corn chips and salsa, veggies with hummus dip, fruit, a potato salad made with Just Mayo mayonnaise, drinks, and so on. I haven’t determined the full menu, but I’m going to stick to foods that appeal to omnivores.
How Do Vegans Party?
I assume that vegans party just like everyone else. Food, drink, chitchat, some fun activity, and gifts.
Maybe there isn’t pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey or an animal shaped pinata? No idea. Just silly speculation on my part.
Here’s your chance to weigh in on what makes a party vegan. Please post your ideas in the comments below!
Until next time, keep that talk walking!