A Vegan Birthday Weekend
I haven’t gotten a chance to blog for a couple of days, but it has been an amazing weekend! Our little boy turned two on Thursday, so we took him out for lunch and a little shopping to celebrate! The night before, I did some research on vegan dining in chain restaurants. We don’t live in an area with any veg restaurants, or even locally owned restaurants with veg options, so we really just don’t go out to eat much at all. It’s a shame, but that’s how it goes. Anyway, I came across a few lists of vegan dishes in chain restaurants. A lot of places have nothing at all, but P.F. Changs has quite a few vegetarian dishes to chose from, and after a little more research I found that they have one vegan dish (the Buddah’s Feast steamed if you were wondering). So yes, we all got the same thing, but we had a great time.
Saturday was the little man’s big party, so I spent most of Friday baking and decorating. Since he’s banana-obsessed we wanted to have a banana theme, but it turned monkey-themed since most of the banana-related novelties include cartoon monkeys. I went looking for vegan cake recipes, rather than making my own, so that I didn’t end up forcing a failed recipe experiment on our guests. I chose this banana cake recipe for my monkey-shaped vegan cake creation, and for the vegan cupcakes I went with this vanilla cake recipe. I originally wanted to use a lemon frosting for the vanilla cupcakes, but for the sake of simplicity I used this buttercream frosting recipe for both the cake and cupcakes. I also made some Yummy Banana Bread to go with the theme.
For the afternoon party, we had a veggie tray, several varieties of vegan crackers, a few flavors of hummus, banana bread, and of course cake and cupcakes for our guests to snack on. We also had various juices and tea, my grandma’s famous tea to be exact, in the beverage department. The kids received little gift boxes filled with non-edible treats such as stickers, a coloring book, a party horn, and a little stuffed monkey, as well as a fleece monkey pillow. The party was so much fun and I’m so glad that so many awesome people were able to come and celebrate our little boy with us!
Today, my uncle, aunt, and niece (she’s really my cousin, but since I’m so much older they let her call me Aunt Keri) offered to take us all to a children’s museum as our son’s birthday gift. Their daughter is nearly three, and it’s so cute to watch them become closer to the age where they can play together! The museum was a lot of fun, and it brought back many childhood field trip memories for my husband and I. As far as the food went, we found a few things in the cafeteria that we could eat like side salad, fresh fruit, and Naked juice. It’s not always ideal to hunt for options in an unplanned public setting, but we always find something, knowing that we can just get something light in our stomachs now and count on good food waiting for us at home. So that was my son’s amazing birthday weekend. We’re so blessed to have such wonderful family and friends to share our adventures!