People love to party this time of year. They enjoy getting together and spreading joy and merriment—or maybe just finding a way to unwind after an incredibly long year. Going to parties as a vegan can be challenging because you’re never really sure if they’ll have something for you to eat. This can be especially true about an office party.
Don’t fret, though. You aren’t the first person to face this dilemma, and you certainly won’t be the last. There are ways to survive the ordeal, and we’ve listed a few of them below.
Ask About the Menu
Talk to your boss or host about what will be on the menu. You won’t be the only one who has special dietary needs, so mentioning that you need specific foods could prove beneficial.
You may also consider finding and offering (or even cooking!) some recipes that you enjoy or finding caterers who specialize in a variety of different foods, including vegan. This might help the party planner feel less stressed and worried about accommodating everyone’s dietary needs.
Bring Your Own
It may seem weird to bring your own food to a party, but if you’re worried about the selection, this will reduce your stress. You can make a small batch just for your enjoyment or bring more to share—totally up to you!
In addition, you may consider eating beforehand. This will ensure that you don’t go hungry but still have the opportunity to enjoy yourself. Conversely, you may also opt to eat after the party. You’re in control, so you get to decide!
Don’t Feel Bad
Speaking of being in control and making choices, don’t let anyone make you feel bad for not partaking in the party fare. If they ask why you aren’t eating or try to offer you some food, you can decide whether or not you want to tell them about being a vegan. You don’t need to be preachy, political, or rude about it, but you can certainly express yourself and answer any questions.
It’s your life, and you’re doing what you think is best for you. No one else has to understand that, but you can graciously answer their questions—if you so choose.
Remember above all else that this is a party, and the main goal is to have fun. Food is one small part of the social gathering, so don’t make it the entire focus. There are steps you can take and things you can do to overcome the food issue, so this shouldn’t ruin your entire evening.
Getting together with friends, family, and co-workers this time of year can be a lot of fun, and it’s a great time to unwind and relax before the craziness of a new year starts. In addition to the above suggestions, you may also consider hosting your own party and cooking the vegan foods you enjoy. Who knows? You may convince others that your lifestyle is incredibly delicious.
For more tips on how to survive holiday parties as a vegan or to get some recipe ideas, reach out to Savor Living—we are happy to help!