A few weeks ago, I hosted my first completely vegan, gluten-free dinner party at my place for a group of my closest girlfriends.
I have to admit, there was a part of me that wanted to cancel it the few days leading up to the date. I had all those thoughts running through my head like “what if they don’t like the food?”, “what if there’s not enough food?”, “what if I forget a key ingredient in something?”
However, much like my mentality has been for 2014, I decided I needed to jump right out of my comfort zone and go for it.
I LOVE making delicious, healthy food that puts smiles on the faces of those that I cook for, I love hosting and I love spending time with my friends. So all roads were pointing to one direction…dinner party it was!
I’ve cooked for large groups of people before, helping my mom host holiday dinners for upwards of 40 people, but this was all me and all vegan and gluten-free. I wanted to show my guests that healthy food could satisfy on all levels.
Through this experience, I learned quite a few things about how to host a party with the least bit of stress so you don’t have to be in the kitchen the whole time your guests are mingling and noshing.
I wanted to share these with you, because entertaining can often seem like an overwhelming task, but it’s an amazing way to bond with people in your life that you care about and it’s a wonderful way to bring people together, creating new friendships and experiences.
In the end, the dinner was a success. I got great feedback on all the dishes, and what made me the most happy is that all of my friends left satisfied, yet not weighed down and bloated from ingredients that normally cause digestive issues. Continue reading