Monday, October 19, 2009

Vegan Mofo: My Birthday, Part Two

As promised, here's a culinary recap of my 29th birthday party. On Friday night, I invited a group of close friends over for a loosely-themed John Waters/big hair party. I always have themed costume parties because dressing up is loads of fun! Since some folks weren't familiar with the campy flicks of Mr. Waters, I kept the costume theme pretty loose — just come with big ole hair a la Hairspray rather than require folks to actually dress as characters in John Waters films.

As you can see, I was some sort of giant pink-haired variation on Rainbow Brite. Others pictured include (left to right): Stephanie (aka Poopie Bitch), Barbara (whose head got kinda covered up in this shot by my big-ass hair), Vaughan (aka She-Bop ... that's his drag name), Corey, Greg (dressed as Tracey's Ullman's character Cynthia Fuchs in A Dirty Shame), and Weezy.

We played John Waters films — Hairspray, A Dirty Shame, Female Trouble, Pink Flamingos, Pecker — throughout the night. And we tried to make most of the food fit the theme as well. For example, Edie (Edith Massey) from Pink Flamingos loves eggs, so I made my Tofu Deviled "Eggy" Bites (recipe is here):

And who doesn't love the redneck delinquent son Crackers from Pink Flamingos? We do! So we served Whole Foods brand water crackers with a couple of spreads — Muhammara (Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Spread) from The Vegan Table:

And Edamame White Bean Hummus:

The red pepper spread was AMAZING! I've been eyeing this recipe for awhile, and it's definitely a kepper. The edamame hummus was a quick throw-together-at-the-last-minute thing. It was super garlicky and pretty decent for an off-the-cuff creation.

True Pink Flamingo fans may remember the sausage scene. I sliced up some of my Creole Steamed Sausages in honor of that proud John Waters moment:

And the lovely Stephanie arrived armed with these flaky Mini Onion Quiches from Vegan Brunch:

Savory, caramelized, and delicious! And totally unexpected. I couldn't think of a way to fit these quiches in with the theme, but it didn't matter because they were tasty!

Stephanie also provided the cupcakes for the party because she is the world's greatest vegan baker. She surprised me with two kinds — Dark Chocolate with Scharffenberger Chocolate Ganache:

And Pumpkin Ginger Coconut:

The dark chocolate ones were the hands-down favorite. You can only imagine what that high-quality Scharffenberger did for these babies! But the pumpkin coconut cupcakes were like summer-beach-meets-cool-autumn-night. Different, but delicious.

28 comments:

Jeni Treehugger said...

I would have LOVED this party!!! I am a HUGE John Waters fan.I would have come as Dawn Davenport!
Awesome food too! What a GREAT party Bianca.
:)

Mary said...

That ganache is incredible, mine never comes out that smooth. Happy birthday!

Gina said...

What an awesome party, sounds like so much fun!!!

Megan said...

Aw, makes me proud to be a Baltimore vegan! Ever heard of Honfest? It's on "The Avenue" in Baltimore, and everyone is decked out in their beehives and cat-eye glasses. Anyways, happy birthday-month!

This Vegan House

nora said...

wow, pumpkin ginger coconut! go stephanie!

what a fun bday theme :)

Whitney @ Lettuce Love said...

That sounds like my kind of party -- how fun!

pixiepine said...

That is the most awesome theme ever!!! I love John Waters movies. I would have been Princess CooCoo! Or maybe Mink Stole in some form or another. Your snacks are perfect too. Happy Birthday again!

Jessie (Vegan-minded) said...

What a fun party! All that food looks amazing, especially the mini quiche and the deviled tofu. Happy birthday :)

Knit-Picky Veganista said...

Oh Rainbow Bright, - what a Feast of Feasts, and grand wonderful party theme, yuh outdone yuhself!!!
Themes are so much fun. Geez, I wish I could've been there...the entire boofay looks so damned delish!
I have been wanting to make the deviled egg recipe for so long (a prevegan fave). As said Megan, Happy Birthday Month!

cookingforaveganlover said...

Looks like you had a yummy and fun birthday!

Mihl said...

Beutiful food and crazy costumes...you definitely know how to party.

Debra said...

It all looks soooo good!
Debra @ Vegan Family Style

Diana said...

Oh MAN what an amazing spread! That Muhammara does sound divine...and the cupcakes...and the wigs. Fabulous!

pixiepine said...

Yes, I love Punk-in Pasta from SK. It's one of my all-time favorite meals, and so easy too :)

Jenn said...

Everything looks so great! What an awesome theme birthday party.

Gena said...

HAPPY BELATED!!!

It looks like an awesome celebration.

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Anonymous said...

Suprised you had a appetite after watching John Water's films.

The Ordinary Vegetarian said...

Happy Birthday! That looks like one sweet party, with quite the spread!

Trinity (of haiku tofu) said...

haha, I love your deviled tofu bites... EGGS! pink flamingos is one movie that will definitely kill my appetite, though. my #1 fave Waters film is desperate living... I want to be the queen of Mortville.

Theresa said...

This looks like lots of fun, and woah to the awesome food!

Woobie is Vegan said...

Wow, what an awesome birthday party! Delicious looking spread!

Sheridanna said...

I.so.wish.I.could.have.been.there. AHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

Cyn said...

YAY pink hair! And that food looks freaking delicious.

poopiebitch said...

Oh my god, Greg's hairy leg in that picture -- HOTT.

The Vegan SlaughterHouse said...

happy birthday fellow vegan scorpio sista, and many more to come too!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

How fun is this?! The food looks awesome too!

Monique a.k.a. Mo said...

Wow! What a fun birthday! I love themed foods. Awesome.

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