Monday, May 4, 2009

A Very Vegan Birthday Party



My 33rd birthday is tomorrow, May 5. To commemorate this momentous occasion and their birthdays, my two wonderful friends, Your Vegan Mom and Foodeater, whose birthdays are May 2 and May 10, respectively, decided to throw the best vegan birthday party ever this past Sunday afternoon. Oh, no, your eyes are not deceiving you; that is, in fact, the one and only Frankenstand in the photo above.



The Frankenstand's creative proprietor set up his infamous vegan hot dog stand bright and early in Griffith Park's Old Zoo bear enclosure especially for we three vegan birthday girls. He decorated the stand and the condiment table with tiny zoo animal figurines for the occasion and then got to work cooking up his wonderfully savory treats for the small group of our closest friends.



I chose the Franken, a spicy Italian-style sausage, and topped it with yellow mustard and sauerkraut. It was even more incredible than I'd imagined it would be!



Your Vegan Mom made a really delicious vegan queso for ballpark-style nachos. In the photo below, you'll notice that I was testing my ability to take the heat from the jalapenos. I was definitely able and subsequently piled many more of the spicy disks on top of my nachos.



I baked a batch of my now-perfected Chocolate Chip Cookies and a batch of my most requested Snickerdoodles. (You'll likely see future posts dedicated to my veganization of these recipes.)





Foodeater had the brilliant idea to commission cupcakes from Vegan Bake Sale, which just so happens to be owned and operated by one of our good friends. She chose the scrumptious Cookies 'n Cream and Strawberry Shortcake varieties.





JennShaggy surprised us with the gift of homemade Lemon Poppyseed Cupcakes with Lemon Glaze that were fabulous.



We received another baked surprise in the form of a rich and decadent Chocolate Mousse Cake with Raspberry Coulis by Brittany.



We have the most talented group of friends and I'm grateful for each and every one. Thank you all for spending a beautiful Sunday celebrating with us!

Head over to Foodeater's blog to read her post about this spectacular party (you might even catch a glimpse of my right hand and forearm and my party dress), as she captured it perfectly.

Stay tuned for more birthday-centric posts since I believe in celebrating not only my birthday (remember, it's tomorrow, May 5!), but my birthday week!

19 comments:

Foodeater said...

Your snickerdoodles were phenomenal... so buttery tasting and delicious! I loved the chocolate chips cookies too, but the snickerdoodles killed it.

quarrygirl said...

i feel SO LUCKY to have been there. this was probably the best party i've ever been to.

i'm really looking forward to taking you out for your birthday celebration!

thanks so much for throwing such an excellent shindig. oh, and, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Joyeux Anniversaire ma belle!!! Party looked fab! Wish I could have been there!! Especially cuz all the food looked delish!! Gros Gros Gros Bisous!!!

Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

Happy Birthday! It all looks and sounds amazing. You guys really know how to party!

Eric said...

Wow, those veggie dogs look AWESOME. Frankenstand, I'll have to keep that in mind. Your party looks like it was tons of fun!

I'm looking forward to seeing you at Worldfest!

Eric said...

ahh.....I hit the save button too fast.....HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Kevin said...

Not that I could have possibly fit anything more into my stomach, but I didn't even see the Snickerdoodles (which are my favorites) nor JennShaggy's cupcakes. Still, it was a great time, and happy "real" birthday.

miss alix said...

Happy Birthday! I had an amazing time. Thanks for putting this together!

Sarah said...

OMG- I want those nachos!!!! (Oh, and happy birthday even though I don't know you!!!)

Lex said...

Um are you all available as vegan party planners?! because I am totally hiring you for my bday! Happy Birthday from around the world!!!
Lex & Kristin!

Ricki said...

Happy, Happy birthday! The party, the food--it all sounds fabulous. And how lucky that you had so many talented contributors!

Hope it was a great day for you. :)

Hannah said...

Oh, I wish I had known in advance! I'll do my best to send you some belated birthday treat asap... But Happy birthday! Hope it was a wonderful one (certainly looks like some good eats at least!)

Liz² said...

Happy birthday!!! That is beyond awesome that you got the actual Frankenstand just for your day! And wow, so much sweetness, everything looks incredible! (please post recipes for those cookies soon! :D)

shellyfish said...

Oh how I wish I could have been there with Guppy!!! I am so happy for you that you had such a lovely party with such super-cool people. 33 was one of my best years ever (ok, I'm only 35, it wasn't that long ago). I hope it rocks for you, too!

aTxVegn said...

Happy Birthday to everyone!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

I can't believe I missed this!!

Eric said...

Great minds think alike! At least in terms of blender brands :)

Are you looking at the vitamix? That is one sexy blender. I almost went with that, but I figured I should work my way up to one of those.

trina said...

Best birthday party ever!

Ruby Red Vegan said...

This is really late...but HAPPY BIRTHDAY anyway! I can tell from this post that it was a really great time. It would be heaven to have lovely vegan parties like this all the time!