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Accidentally-almost-vegan party

July 27, 2010

Hi all! Today I just want to share with you some pics from my mom’s 50th birthday bash last month. My dad and sister threw her a pretty big surprise party, and though they are generally staunchly anti-veg, they seemed oblivious to the fact that, other than some sandwiches and one pan of cooked meat, much of the food they’d had catered was vegan or almost vegan!

There was a variety of bread rolls and a magnificent platter of all kinds of fresh fruit…

…as well as a ginormous bowl of cut raw veggies.

This was a pesto pasta salad of some sort, and (no joke) the best tortilla chips and the best salsa I think I’ve ever tasted (Kirkland Organic, if you’re wondering; from Costco, of all places!).

Though these plates had some cheese (bleh), they also held grapes, sliced apples, rice crackers, and jalapeño jelly. At the top, you can see the little bowls of salty mixed nuts that were scattered about the room.

We’re German chocolate people (we’re also German people, but incidentally, that has nothing to do with German chocolate), so the choice of birthday cake was no surprise; however, the cake itself – specifically its humongous, towering bulk – was a shock. This picture just can’t show you the immensity of this thing. It was as big in diameter as a large pizza.

Maybe this photo can better depict the monstrosity that was this German chocolate cake. It had three massive layers, glued together by and encased in pints of frosting. See that knife we used to cut it? That’s a 10-inch carving knife. This cake was so tender and sweet that I had to use bites of vanilla ice cream to cut the richness of it—have you ever heard of such a thing?! But man…it was GOOD.

It was a great party, and my mom was both surprised and touched. Happy birthday again, mom!

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15 Comments leave one →
  1. July 27, 2010 12:24 pm

    Aww sounds like a fun party :] What caught my attention were the fruit and veggie platters. They’re so beautiful :O Did you guys get a caterer or cut them yourselves? Hahaha. And wow that cake is a stunner!!!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      July 28, 2010 9:36 am

      I believe most of it was “catered” by Costco, hehe 😛

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      July 28, 2010 11:03 am

      Oops, I was wrong—it was NM Catering By Nellie Marie.

  2. fitandfortysomething permalink
    July 27, 2010 12:41 pm

    what a great party for your mom!!!!! the cake looks delicious 🙂

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      July 28, 2010 9:37 am

      It was indeed! :]

  3. July 27, 2010 8:57 pm

    What a fabulous spread! I’m intrigued by the jalapeno jelly in particular – did they make that? Do you use it as a dip?

    Happy birthday to your mum!! (whoops: mom 😉 )

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      July 28, 2010 9:38 am

      Nope, it came in a jar (although I should try my hand at making some, shouldn’t I?!). The popular way to eat it was to first spread a cracker with cream cheese (ick) and then top that with the jelly. I thought it was great on its own though; very sweet-hot.

  4. July 27, 2010 11:13 pm

    Now /that’s/ a birthday cake.
    Wow, looks like you had a great party for your mom. 🙂

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      July 28, 2010 9:41 am

      No kidding!
      Yup, she loved it :]

  5. Mom permalink
    July 28, 2010 8:26 am

    Thank you, Amber! It was a great party. The food was beautiful AND delicious. What an awesome spread and what terrific family and friends we have!!!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      July 28, 2010 9:42 am

      Yes, we do. Everyone was glad that you were surprised and enjoyed yourself!

  6. July 28, 2010 8:27 am

    Mmm German Chocolate Cake is hands down my favorite. Luckily Vegan Treats makes a great one!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      July 28, 2010 9:46 am

      Vegan Treats is one reason among many (mostly food- or history-related) that I really want to visit Philly! I’ve followed Urban Vegan’s blog for a long time, and I just read a blurb in VegNews yesterday about the burgeoning vegan options there.

      By the way, as far as homemade GCC goes, the German chocolate cupcake recipe from VCTOTW is pretty great (especially the frosting!).

  7. Mom permalink
    July 28, 2010 10:47 am

    By the way, Costco didn’t do this. Catering was done by
    “NM – Catering By Nellie Marie” two local ladies with their own catering business.
    Cheryl “Marie” Mohart
    and Sally “Nellie” Euston

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      July 28, 2010 11:02 am

      Oh, good to know. Thanks

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