Vegan birthday parties: Don’t forget the ice cream!

December 14, 2009

Yikes. All vegan, according to photographer norwichnuts

Yikes. All vegan, according to photographer norwichnuts

In today’s installment of the (extended) week of vegan birthday party tips, Dianna writes in:

“As for birthdays, there’s a cluster going on right now for my four year old son.  I also tell the parents that I’ll glady bring vegan cake & ice cream for my son and myself and not to worry, since sometimes they either 1) forget, 2) are freaked about finding vegan options although in Seattle it’s easy to do, 3) may get something that is not vegan.  Sometimes they have it covered with confidence, other times they are relieved that I offered.  My son expects his own special cake/ice cream, and if the host provides something for us, he asks me to make sure it’s vegan.”

Thanks Dianna! One big takeaway here:

Make it not a problem. By offering to bring cake and ice cream for herself and her son, 99% of the party becomes a non-issue. It doesn’t necessarily give other people a chance to try vegan food, but you know what? I think it makes some of them jealous. Every time I’ve been to an upscale restaurant and got something that wasn’t on the menu, everyone else on the table was genuinely envious. Work that!

Oh, and don’t forget the ice cream. Have you guys tried that new coconut milk-based stuff? Where’s THAT been all my life?

(Photo by norwichnuts and details here.)

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Valerie December 14, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Great advice.
And yes, coconut milk ice cream is the best!
I recently got an ice cream maker and I use coconut milk most of the time.

misovegan December 14, 2009 at 8:37 pm

Thanks for the ideas, Dianna!

jendiggity January 28, 2010 at 5:17 pm

I'm loving these birthday tips. It's another topic I've been thinking about a lot, even though our little one isn't even here yet! I've been jonesing to get a real ice cream maker. I've had a couple brands now that use coconut milk…YUM! But the BEST non-dairy ice cream I've ever had was made with MimicCreme – the nut-based cream. There's a little cafe in Bakersfield that makes their ice cream from it. I highly suspect they just use regular ice cream recipes with MimicCreme substituted for the milk. All this ice cream talk has sealed it – I'm getting an ice cream maker right NOW!

jendiggity January 29, 2010 at 1:17 am

I'm loving these birthday tips. It's another topic I've been thinking about a lot, even though our little one isn't even here yet! I've been jonesing to get a real ice cream maker. I've had a couple brands now that use coconut milk…YUM! But the BEST non-dairy ice cream I've ever had was made with MimicCreme – the nut-based cream. There's a little cafe in Bakersfield that makes their ice cream from it. I highly suspect they just use regular ice cream recipes with MimicCreme substituted for the milk. All this ice cream talk has sealed it – I'm getting an ice cream maker right NOW!

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