Shop Now
test

6 Tips for Hosting A Whole Food Plant-Based Holiday Party

Quick Synopsis

Hosting a holiday party this year? We're here to help your whole food plant-based holiday party go off without a hitch. 

The Full Story

Party planning can be stressful! And if this is your first holiday season as a whole food plant-based eater you may feel even more anxious about playing host. Feeling this way makes sense; with any new lifestyle change, we’re often met with resistance, both from ourselves and our network, before we 100% settle into our new lifestyle. The good news is: with a little plant-based holiday planning, you can push right on through that resistance and host a terrific party that everyone at your table will enjoy!

Our 6 Tips for Hosting a Whole Food Plant-Based Holiday Party

Tip #1: Lighten your load with a menu of apps, finger foods, desserts

Not only are plant-based appetizers, finger foods, and desserts easier to make than a full-fledged holiday meal for a group, they’re perfect for delegating and potluck holiday parties (more on how to delegate down at tip #3). Even more, appetizers may be an easier plant-based “sell” for your guests who follow a Standard American Diet as many of the dips and starters we grew up with were vegetarian or close to it.

If you prefer a dinner party over apps but don’t want to spend your entire party in the kitchen, check out our Healthy Holidays Bundle - a whole food plant-based holiday feast that comes to your door already cooked. That's right...so you can actually kick back and enjoy a stress-free (and healthy!) holiday season.

Tip #2: Dazzle your guests with delicious whole food plant-based recipes

WFPB food

Speaking of food, bring your whole food vegan recipe A-game so you can show your guests just how amazing this lifestyle really is. Chef Caroline suggests staying away from processed faux meats and letting the natural flavors of fruits and veggies do all the work at your holiday party. Also, while you can definitely have healthy salads on hand, now is the time to show your guests that whole food plant-based eating is about so much more than salads. Some of our favorite holiday whole food plant-based recipes are:

Appetizers/Finger Foods

1. Raw Vegan Cucumber Rolls with Peanut Sauce - This crunchy and refreshing finger food is absolutely beautiful. Loaded with fiber, protein, and vitamins A and C - and topped with delicious savory peanut sauce.

2. Vegan Pesto-Stuffed Mushrooms - This is one of those whole food plant-based recipes people won’t even realize is vegan until you tell them so.

3. Basic Hummus - This recipe from Plant Eaters Manifesto shows that sometimes, simple is best. Oil-free and 100% delicious. Who doesn’t like hummus? 

4. 5-Layer Vegan Dip - An absolutely crowd pleaser, this plant-based 5-layer dip will satisfy omnivores and herbivores alike. Serve with your favorite raw veggies (carrot sticks, celery, broccoli) or make some oil-free tortilla chips.

5. Lemon Spinach Artichoke Dip - We swapped the traditional cream cheese and sour cream for delightful and rich dairy-free cashew cream - so you can all the flavor, none of the discomfort.

Refined Sugar-Free Desserts

1. Spicy Vegan Black Bean Brownies - Rich, gooey, and healthy?! These vegan brownies from Veganosity are oil and refined sugar free and believe it or not, made with black beans. Pro tip: wait until after your guests have enjoyed them to reveal the secret ingredient.

2. Whole Food Plant-Based Nutty Cookies - With just five ingredients, these cookies are as easy as they are tasty. This sweet treat is also versatile -- the dough can be eaten raw (no eggs, of course!) and they can be made into little small balls instead of cookies if you want to make sure everyone at your party can try one.

3. Easiest Ever Raw Vegan Fudge - TWO ingredients and 10 minutes are all you need to make these mouth-watering fudge squares. Buttery and decadent, Jenny Mustard knocked it out of the park with this recipe -- satisfying your sweet tooth without spiking your blood sugar.

Tip #3: Decide if guests can bring a dish that’s not plant-based

If you decide to go the potluck route, the best thing you can do to ease your own anxiety is to communicate to your guests. First, let them know it’s a potluck so they know to bring something! It might be best to set up a sign-up sheet, so everyone doesn’t show up with the same thing.

Hummus

Finally, make a decision as to whether or not this is a 100% plant-based party, or if you’re ok with guests bringing dishes that are not plant-based. If you choose to 100% in, remember that plant-based eating is new or maybe intimidating to some of your friends and family so make it easy on them! Assign total beginners whole food vegan recipes that they don’t have to cook, like hummus and veggies, a simple salad, or guacamole.

Tip #4: Invite supportive friends and family

WFPB Family

Speaking of your guests, while you want to be a courteous host (i.e. setting expectations as we mentioned in #3), inviting respectful guests is important, too. This is key if you’re new to eating this way and are concerned some people in your network may be less than supportive.

The best way to ensure a plant-based holiday party success is to surround yourself with supportive guests. However, if you an unsupportive loved one you’d hate to leave out, you can plead your case. Try your best to explain to that person WHY you’ve changed your diet, how much better you feel, and how much their support means to you. If that person still doesn’t get it and continues to make you feel bad for your choice to live a whole food plant-based life, consider if it’s in your best interest to have them at your holiday party.

Tip #5: Don’t try to “convert” anyone

Understand that even your most supportive friends aren’t always going to jump on the whole food plant-based bandwagon with you. They may enjoy the delicious plant-based dishes you made and even express how proud they are of you for your lifestyle change, but that doesn’t mean they’re ready to take the plunge, too.

Changing your diet, as you know, is deeply personal and is about so much more than food. Just as you wish for your friends and family to support your decisions, you’ve got respect theirs. When folks ask you about your plant-based lifestyle, you can of course share your story and explain why you made the switch. Though try not to shame anyone for their own dietary habits. Everyone’s on their own journey.


Tip #6 Have fun!

At the end of the day, the holidays are about enjoying the season with the people who matter most! Try not to overextend yourself - financially, spiritually - and have fun!

Key Takeaways

Throw the ultimate plant-based holiday party this year by remembering these party planning tips:

  • Serve appetizers and finger foods for an easy to put together spread
  • Choose recipes with familiar flavor profiles to delight omnivore guests
  • Communicate clearly on what kind of dishes guests can bring
  • Invite supportive guests
  • Don't try to convert or pressure anyone to change their lifestyle
  • Have a blast! 

What our customers are saying

"The best ship to home meal service out there, hands down. The food is delicious with just enough flavoring that you can jazz the meal up with your own spices if you wish. Nothing is bland or overly spicy. Best of all, they include a shipping label for you to return all the packing materials to them for free for reuse until ready for recycling. So easy and enjoyable." 

- Allison Hall (MamaSezz Customer)

About MamaSezz

MamaSezz delivers hearty, delicious, prepared, ready to eat, whole food plant-based meals to your door that are:

  • Organic, Non-GMO & Responsibly Sourced
  • Vegan, Oil-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, No Preservatives, & Gluten-Free
  • Made Fresh to Order - Never Frozen
  • Ready to Heat & Eat - No Chopping
  • Salt-Free & Soy-Free Options

 

By Ali Brown

Ali is a nutrition and lifestyle writer and editor, with a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies.

What you should do now

  1. We have been where you are and we’ve helped thousands of people (just like you) transition to eating a plant based diet. If you are looking for a guide that can help you with some of the big questions, and dramatically reduce your stress, this FREE Ultimate Little Guide to Plant-Based Eating is a great place to start.
  2. If you’d like to learn about plant-based living go to our Heartbeet Journal where you can read hundreds of “How To” articles. If you’d like to learn about plant-based cooking go to our Recipes Section for easy step by step favorites.
  3. If you’d like to work for us—or see why our team members love working for us—then contact us at heartbeetgang@mamasezz.com and tell us about yourself.
  4. If you enjoyed this article, then so will your friends, so why not share it on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Email




Also in Blog

How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain
How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Worried about weight gain over the holidays? We've got some pro tips for staying healthy (without losing your mind) this holiday season.

Continue Reading

Nutrition Answers with Addie Dulaney Majnaric, RDN
Nutrition Answers with Addie Dulaney Majnaric, RDN

Your nutrition questions answered. 

 

Continue Reading

These Hormones Secretly Affect Your Weight Loss - What You Can Do About It
These Hormones Secretly Affect Your Weight Loss - What You Can Do About It

Why the heck is healthy weight loss so hard?

Continue Reading