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How To Throw a Vegan Dinner Party

A beautiful table ready for a vegan dinner party

A dinner party is a wonderful way to share delicious vegan food with those you love.

It’s unlikely, for any vegan, that every single person in your friends and family circle is also vegan. So planning a dinner party can come with anxiety. Don’t worry, you can still have amazing dinner parties for all of your friends; in fact, these gatherings are the perfect occasion to demonstrate how scrumptious vegan cuisine can be. You may worry about pleasing all of your guests, vegans and non-vegans alike, but with a little bit of thinking and planning, you can make sure that everyone has a wonderful evening.

In order to help you host the most epic vegan dinner party possible, we have compiled our best advice and suggestions.

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A Menu Plan Makes It Work

Having a plan is always a great idea. If you craft a menu that revolves around a certain concept or type of food, such as Mexican, Indian, or Italian cuisine, you can encourage everyone to participate and pitch in. (pot lucks are always fun and interesting). There is such a huge range of flavors and complexity (or simplicity) that you are sure to find recipes that will be perfect for your situation.

Your mission is to continually astound others with the wondrous potential of vegan cookery. There is a misconception that vegan meals are uninteresting and don’t provide adequate satisfaction—which is completely nutty, but it’s because most people haven’t even given the food a try. Therefore, while you are planning the menu for your event, you should attempt to serve cuisine that is not only delicious but also hearty and satiating. This is a good moment to really go for it!  Your visitors should be left saying things like, “Wow, I can not believe this is vegan.”

What kind of food should you cook?

Start with an item that isn’t heavy and is easy on the stomach because the starter course is meant to be a light palate cleanser that comes before the main meal. This allows your guests to help themselves to as much as they like of a choice of dips served with raw crackers and crudités, vegan petit fours, and other smaller snacks. Avoid starts that are high in protein or fat, because they take longer to digest. Those foods will signal to both your stomach and your brain that you have reached your maximum capacity and you want everyone to be looking forward to the rest of the meal, rather than feeling full!

It is also essential to keep the flavors light and fresh; anything that is too powerful or salty will dominate the senses, and it is possible that the main course may be overshadowed by the lingering impression left by the beginning!

The main course is the part of the meal that all of your guests have been anticipating the most, and now is your opportunity to create a good first impression and show off your culinary prowess! However, whether this is your first time attending dinner parties or if you are pressed for time, there is no reason for you to be frightened or nervous about trying to make a good impression. It is possible to whip up some of the world’s tastiest meals in under an hour with very little effort required. Meals that can be prepared in advance and served to a large group, such as vegetarian tagines served with couscous and salad or curries served with chutneys and zucchini thepla recipe are sure to be a hit.

Dessert? Of course—no matter how full you are, there is always room for dessert. 🙂

There is always room. The vast majority of desserts may be prepared in advance and stored in the refrigerator or freezer until it is time to serve them. We have a number of delicious vegan desserts that have been pleasing friends and family for years, but one of our go-to favorites is this one-bowl chocolate cake. Delicious, so easy to make, and yummy the morning after too! (not that we’ve ever had cake and coffee for breakfast, lol). If you’ve been efficient with your time our Mississippi Mud Cake is a huge crowd-pleaser, brought warm to the table after the main course is finished

Plan ahead

Making a menu for the dinner party roughly a week in advance gives you ample time to prepare (which will reduce your stress). It’s also helpful to be able to prepare dishes in advance. For instance, desserts may typically be made the day before and kept in the refrigerator overnight if they are to be eaten the following day. On the day itself, you may want to allow yourself the entire afternoon to take care of the cooking and cleaning responsibilities. In this way, you’ll be way more relaxed when everyone starts to arrive.

Have Fun

You have now invited your guests, organized the menu, and established the ambiance; it is time to unwind and take pleasure in the evening with your loved ones, whether they are friends or family. That, in our opinion, is the secret to throwing a fantastic dinner party, regardless of whether or not the guests are vegan.


Greg is the other half of Full Of Beans. He loves to be active, particularly outdoors. If he had his way, he would be on a warm beach at least part of every day. He works as a Graphic Designer, Photographer, and Personal Trainer. In his opinion, Georgia is the best thing that ever happened to him.

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