Monday, October 17, 2011

Happy 31st Birthday to Me!

Yea, yea, I'm a bad mofo-er. I didn't blog last night, but I had a good damn reason. It was my birthday!!! And I was off enjoying free drinks and vegan snacks at the cast party for opening night of Broadway show, Memphis the Musical. But before that, on Saturday night, I had a Big Gay Birthday Vegan Wine & Cheese Party!!!

My birthday party night fell on Memphis' Gay Pride Day, and since I was a parade float judge this year, I decided to keep the gay theme going all night. That's why my birthday outfit is screaming rainbows! And check out these bad-ass fairy wings. They were a gift from my friend Autumn:

A few weeks ago, my daddy ordered me a selection of vegan cheeses to serve at the party. There's Cheezly Edam and Blue Cheese, Sheese Medium Cheddar and Mexican Style spread, We Can't Say It's Cheese Spread in Hickory Cheddar and Mexi-Cheddar, Teese Mozzarella, and Dr. Cow Tree Nut Cheese in Aged Cashew & Brazil Nut:

I also made a few vegan cheeses at home. Here's most of the food spread and some of the wines:

I used the Teese Mozzarella to make Caprese Salad Stacks — tomato drizzled in olive oil and balsamic vingear, Teese, and a fresh basil leaf:

I used some Daiya Cheddar Shreds and salsa to make little Quesadilla Bites. These disappeared pretty quickly:

And I made this yummy Sundried Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Pub Cheese from Scissors & Spice! It was excellent spread on crackers!

I also made the famous Pepper-Crusted Cashew Goat Cheese from Vegetarian Times. I've made this before, and it's so tasty. Sadly, there were no leftovers of this:

I sliced up some Sheese and Cheezly for folks to try with crackers. I'd never had Cheezly before, and it was delicious! Thankfully, the blue cheese flavor didn't have any weird blue moldy stuff. That always kept me away from blue cheese in my dairy days. (Speaking of mold, that little white bit on a slice of the Sheese in the middle is some Cheezly Blue Cheese that rubbed off from the knife ... not mold).

And I cubed some Follow Your Heart Monterey Jack. I know FYH is pretty easy to come by, but it really is tasty stuff. I rarely buy it anymore now that Daiya is sold in Memphis, but these cubes reminded me that FYH is still delicious!

I placed the We Can't Say It's Not Cheese Spreads and the Sheese Mexican Style spread out with crackers for spreadin':

But we all know that vegan wine and cheese alone does not a birthday party make. There must be cake!!! Luckily, I happen to be friends with Memphis' best vegan baker, Stephanie Roy (a.k.a. Poopie Bitch on the PPK). She made me, not one, but TWO vegan birthday cakes! This one was Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake. Eating this was JUST LIKE eating a Reese's peanut butter cup ... but better:

And then there was this Orange Creamsicle Cake. The sophiscated gold and silver frosting is very vegan-wine-and-cheese-party, no?

But Steph promised there was more to this giant cake than fancy gold frosting. Everyone gathered around for the big reveal as Stephanie cut the cake:

Surprise!!!!!!! It's a GAY CAKE!

Pretty awesome, huh? I still have cake leftover, and every time I look at the rainbow colors, I get all giddy inside.

50 comments:

MAHEALANI said...

Happy Birthday!!!!! What an amazing cheese spread and that rainbow cake looks amazing!

Alpha Blonde said...

Annnddd Now I'm starving!! Happy Birthday! Omg how awesome is the gay interior? She did such a good job! That pepper crusted cashew goat cheese will be made very very soon...

Kittee Bee Berns said...

happy birthday, bianca! looks like you had a great day. those cakes! the cheezes (your dad sound amazing!) and the costume. birthdays are so much better with wigs!

yay!
xo
kittee

Angela @ Vegangela.com said...

Happy Birthday! My goodness, I'd love to be at a party with that much vegan cheese. Only I would be super anti-social, ignoring everyone and just hoarding all the cheese to myself!

LOVE your birthday cake. Those rainbow layers are amazing!

Stacy said...

Those cheese spreads look awesome. I gotta admit, though--I don't usually think of some of those products as holding up to uncooked/on-their-lonesome consumption. Cheezly must be tastier than I thought!

Glauce said...

Happy Birthday! And OMG look at that gay cake (L) Everything looks delicious, but the cake looks like heaven.

Brian Woz said...

Happy Birthday! With two cakes like that, I'm sure it was a good one.

VeganLisa said...

Wow, what a spread! Happy Birthday Bianca. The 16th is my birthday too. Libras rock!

JohnP said...

OMG the cake!

Lauren said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

That food spread looks amazing and I can't believe the cake!! That's so cool.

vegan.in.brighton said...

What a brilliant birthday party! I love wine & cheese nights & that gay cake looks brilliant!

Sophia said...

Happy Birthday!!!
What an awesome spread! And a such a neat idea for a fun Birthday party, you know how to celebrate in style!
What pretty cake, so colorful :)

-Sophia
http://whatyourmommadidntknow.blogspot.com/

VeggieLow said...

wow - that cake is amazing!

Allyson said...

everything looks amazing, but that cake is perhaps the best thing i have ever seen.

happy bday! <3

jessy said...

happy birthday, Bianca!!!! as they say, "get outta town!" with your sweet rainbows and winged outfit - and Steph's rainbow cake (and the pb one, too)! there's so much awesomeness in this post.... i love, love, love that your birthday fell on Memphis' Gay Pride Day and i love everything about your celebration of awesomenesses! kick ass with the wine 'n cheeze party. you and me both on FYH be'n yummers. while i do love Daiya, we still stick with FYH for our pizzas. might i say, that's gotta be the best spread i've seen, my friend. MEGAyay!

Tami said...

You knpw how to have a party! So awesome! Love the costume, love your dad, love your food.... and those cakes! Poopie is the best!

coldandsleepy said...

Happy big gay birthday! Your party looks amazing/totally delicious, from the first couple of vegan cheeses right down to the classy rainbow cake.

The Health Sleuth said...

that rainbow cake rocks! all the food...wow!

Happy 31st my southern sista!

Allysia said...

Bianca, your outfit is so badass. Just like that cake. I love the idea of a vegan wine and cheese party - it looks like a great time was had by all! Happy 31st!

Lauren (PB&G) said...

Haha! I LOVE it! I wish I could have joined in the celebration! Happy Birthday!!

JL goes Vegan said...

Happy birthday, girlfriend! 31 looks great on you!

Amber Shea @Almost Vegan said...

Happy b-day again! Your outfit makes you look like a wicked Rainbow Bright, love it. The cheese spread looks good, but THAT RAINBOW CAKE! Omg!

ProudFlower Productions said...

Happy Birthday! Your spread looks so yummy and that rainbow cake looks amazing! I was telling my Wife just the other day that I wanted one. Thanks for giving me a visual to show her :-D

Amey said...

OH MY GOD - That cake is amazing!!! Happy Birthday Gay Fairy Bianca!

VeganLinda said...

What an incredibly awesome birthday celebration! Love the rainbow cake!!!

Shannon said...

Happy Birthday! Your party looked fab!

Jacinta said...

OMG this all looks AMAZING, happy birthday :) Love your vitality.

POPshop & Spazz Records said...

What a great party!! Happy Birthday!!

Kelly said...

Happy birthday! You throw the best parties! :)

Erin said...

Happy Birthday! I love vegan cheese parties. And the rainbow cake is AMAZING!

Scissors and Spice said...

Happy birthday Bianca! So happy I was sorta at your party! (And your bday is a day after my hub's! Libras rule!) Your gay cake is AWESOME! Glad you had a great day!

jess said...

Happy Birthday, Bianca!!!! I think that you are incredible, that this post and entire spread is incredible, and that yes, those wings are AMAZING. <3

louzilla said...

I love your gay birthday cakes!! And you!! Happy birthday!

Vegyogini said...

Happy birthday, Rainbow Brite Bianca! What a fabulous way to celebrate!

KTBuns said...

WOW!! What an amazing party! Happy Birthday!!!!! Wish I could've seen that gay cake in person... incredible.

Glad you had a kickass time!

KellyC said...

Happy Birthday! I love, love, LOVE the big gay cake. How amazing is that...and that you didn't know until you cut into it makes it even better! It's like a present you get to unwrap

foodfeud said...

What a badass rainbow birthday cake!! Sounds like the party was a blast. I made that pub cheese too - I like it! I don't have the $$ to spend on so many different types of vegan cheese but I enjoy making my own. Although I'd like to sample some storebought kinds too. I hear the Dr. Cow is amazing. Happy Birthday!

Sarah said...

Happy Birthday!

I totally want a cheese party and a rainbow cake! Awesome.

Sheridan said...

HAPPY BIRFDAY!!! Your party was totally awesome! I wish I could eat that cake and all of those delicious cheeses all over again! haha! Love you! You are so ahead of me... I haven't even loaded my pics onto my laptop yet!

Susan said...

Happy birthday! That is an awesome cake.

tamara said...

hoooollllyy shit. amazing theme, SO MUCH CHEEZE, and those cakes look amazing. i'm drooling. i'm totally with you on FYH - I don't really buy it anymore but I still really like it. It's usually on sale at WFM here in ATL, so I'll have to pick some up next time I'm there.

tamara said...

i forgot to say happy birthday!! Happy happy birthday!!!!!!!!!

Maggie Muggins said...

Happy birthday! Holy crap is that one awesome party. Stephanie is amazing, your outfit is amazing, and vegan wine and cheese? Amazing.

Michelle said...

Happy late Birthday! Looks like you had a GREAT one! :o)

Annie said...

Happy Birthday! That sounds like the most amazing birthday ever! XO

appetiteaffliction.com said...

Happy belated birthday! The spread looks amazing, your dad is a gem and that gay cake is amazing!!!!

Velovegan said...

Ya know, Bianca, sometimes I actually don't visit your blog for a while on purpose because every time I do visit it it makes me SO DAMN HUNGRY!!!!!!! :-p

glad you had a lovely birthday!! xxx

Eric said...

Happy birthday! jealous of that spread and that cake~!!!

tender b. said...

What an amazing spread (both the foods and the wings). Happy birthday. Awesome looking cake!

truth_inBeauty said...

Oh wow - that's AWESOME!
I have to say, the rainbow cake makes me the happiest to look at...lol
But there's something about all that "cheeze!"
Happy Belated Birthday! Yum!