10 September 2013

Vegan summer party spread

So... I had this whole elaborate post planned involving photos on my external hard drive, and guess what? I can't find the damn thing! But I did find some photos of another thing on my phone, so you get to see that in all its grainy glory instead.

The "thing" I will be sharing today is some pics of the spread I made for a party I had this summer, because who doesn't like sharing ideas for vegan snacks? I love to cook and tend to go a little overboard when people are coming over... this particular event yielded leftover hummus for a week, but that's OK. None of the guests at this particular party were vegan other than myself, so I didn't make anything too "weird" (no Gardein and Daiya smoothies). Check it out:

Pictured above:
  • Fruit skewers with pineapple, grapes and kiwi
  • Lemon and garlic hummus
  • Sundried tomato and white bean dip
  • Nooch with salt & pepper seasoned popcorn
  • Tea sandwiches made with cucumbers and a modified version of the Garden Herb Spread from Vegan Brunch (these were a HUGE hit, btw)
  • Pretzels, chips, Wheat Thins, carrots, celery and radish slices for dipping
  • Candy

Pictured above: Black bean and corn salad in tortilla chip cups. I forget exactly what I put in this, but definitely plenty of onions and cilantro and lime juice and salt. Probably some cumin too.

Pictured above: Veggie sushi rolls made with cucumber, homemade teriyaki baked tofu, and homemade hot red pepper pickled carrot shreds. Served with wasabi, soy sauce and extra pickled carrots on the side.

Awww yeah.

Pictured above: Our old-school punchbowl, served with a ladle and little cups on the side. The punch was made from vodka, lemonade and lemon-lime soda, and that big ice block in the middle is made from pulverized berries mixed with water. A huge ice block like that keeps the punch cold for a long time, and as it melts it turns the punch pink and vaguely berry-flavored which is sort of fun. :) We also had beer and soda and whiskey for people who wanted it.

Not pictured at all because I am an idiot and didn't take a picture: Chocolate-dipped pretzel logs coated with crushed peanuts and shredded coconut. Unsurprisingly, those were quite a hit as well.

What do you think of this party spread? What are your favorite vegan snacks to serve (or eat) at parties?


  1. Wow, that is some quality catering. I love the tortilla chip cups especially. And the pink iceberg is a very cool idea (sorry).

    The thing I always make without fail for parties are these little savoury croissant guys. Everyone loves them and they're so easy: http://www.parisvegan.com/2012/09/aperitif-croissants.html

    1. Ooh, those look great! Anything with sundried tomatoes and pesto is a winner in my book. :)

  2. That sushi looks great. Do you have a recipe for the pickled carrots?

  3. What a spread! I loooove finger food, it's probably my favourite. It all looks fab, especially the sushi!

    The past two Christmases I spent living interstate and didn't have family - just housemates and other 'orphans', so we would make up plenty of finger foods and copious amounts of frozen fruit daiquiris and do Christmas that way. Last year we did sushi, roasted vegetable stacks, onion tarts, dips, salads, crackers and fairy bread. Fruit skewers are an awesome idea too!