Monday, January 7, 2019

Vegan S'mores Snowflake Party!

I love that magical time between Christmas and New Years Eve. I'm off work. Most of my friends are off work. I've got almost zero responsibilities. I can eat noodles all day, watch Netflix all night, go to parties on week nights, drink every day (in moderation, of course!). Of course those days are long gone now. But I most certainly got the most out of my holiday staycation.

On December 28th — just after Christmas and right before NYE — my friends Melissa and Anthony had a Vegan S'mores Snowflake Party at their house. The plan was to make s'mores, enjoy some spiked hot cocoa, and sit around a fire in their backyard. But when you get a group of vegans together, you know there's going to be a huge emphasis on food. Everyone brought a snack to share, and Melissa and Anthony went all out!

Here's a spread of chips and crudites with jalapeno-lime almond dip, kale pesto hummus, and salsa.

I made White Bean & Sundried Tomato Pate from Nava Atlas' Vegan Holiday Kitchen. Served with Sprouts whole grain flatbreads.

Melissa even made a Vegan Hot Dog Bar! She roasted hot dogs in the air fryer. We discussed roasting them in the fire, but a few people thought veggie dogs didn't do well in direct heat (I've always had pretty good luck with that though). She sat out pickled cabbage and fried onions (for IKEA-inspired dogs), plus relish and all the condiments. And she made tots!

Here's my hot dog and tot plate.

Jennifer brought Meyer Lemon Bars (yum!).

Anthony made Hot Cocoa, which we spiked with peppermint vodka and topped with Dandies. It was a VERY cold night, so this was much-needed.

I found the PERFECT beer — Shiner S'more!! This chocolate stout had a hint of graham and marshmallow flavors.

After we filled up inside, we went out back to sit by the fire and make s'mores. It was dark out, so my s'more pic was terrible. But here's a pic of host Melissa (and one of her friends whose name I cannot recall) roasting her marshmallows.

Here's Emily and Brandy!

Simon and Jennifer!

And me and Megan and Pam all snuggled up for warmth!


vegan peace said...

Yum! I love everything about that night! Spiked hot chocolate sounds amazing! I didn't even know peppermint vodka existed!

Sarah said...

What a fun idea for a party! It sounds like such a fun time and that good looks amazing! I agree with Hillary, spiked hot chocolate sounds sooooo good! You can't go wrong with tots and the meyer lemon bars look so yummy!!!

Jennifer Bliss said...

Smirnoff Peppermint? WOWZA! And all the food looks great! Sounds like LOTS of fun!

Barb said...

You have the busiest and most fun social life, I swear. You make me feel like a hermit ;)

LJ Conrad said...

I am super jealous, first because this looks so fun - I must try to organise something similar with my friends - and second because you got a week off between Xmas and New Year! Man, I gotta get out of retail...

Amey said...

Oh my gosh, this looks like so much fun! I love the hot dogs and tots! We got a little fire pit this year, and now I want to have a smores party!!

Susan said...

What a fun party, such an impressive spread! I've never had a real smores, but one day I will.