I’m not trying to throw hints out there for my own benefit folks, but damn if there’s anything that I don’t love more in this world than cute, tiny food, and cute party food in general. I was talking to some friends about showers and where they can go awry, and we decided that one of the foundations of a great shower shouldn’t be what cheesy games you play or how many people you can invite; showers should be an intimate gathering of the mom/bride to-be’s closest friends where you can treat her by splurging a little on beautiful food from your local patisserie, or creating a menu tailored to her favorite foods or cravings. When planning a shower for someone who’s vegan, or vegan and gluten free, it can be hard to find options at your local baker, or co-op depending on your area- I can’t find both gluten free and vegan treats anywhere in Minneapolis. In those cases, making a few treats and eats from scratch will not only save you money, but your guest of honor will feel extra special that you went the extra mile for her. You could even ask each guest as they RSVP if they wouldn’t mind making a recipe that you send to them, or keep a note next to the avid bakers on the guest list. Keep in mind that not everything needs to be ‘from scratch’ either. I’ve found multiple brands of gluten free and vegan crackers at Costco, and hummus, tapenade, and dairy- free pesto are easy finds in most any deli. For those who can get crafty in the kitchen, I scoured my favorite blogs and pinterest for summer friendly shower treats, salads, and snacks that look as beautiful as they taste. Some are more labor intensive, and some are as simple as cracking open a can of Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese and opening a loaf of bread.
* Not all adorable options are gluten free, (GF) options marked
These little raw lemon tartlettes from Fragrant Vanilla Cake look so refreshing! (GF)
Coconut Macaroons from The Vagabond Baker (GF)
Berry Creme Tart with Coco Olive Crust from The Post Punk Kitchen
Roasted Balsamic Strawberry Tarts with Whipped Coconut Cream (GF)
Easy Vegan Lemon Bars from 86Lemons.com (GF)
Lemony Macaroon Cups with Blueberry Compote (GF)
Can you tell I adore lemon?!
Vegan Yum Yum makes some awesome little finger sandwiches!
Chickpea Radish Hors Doeuvres from Vegan Yum Yum (GF)
Blackened Tomato Canapés from Vegan Yum Yum
Cute Cucumber Tea Sandwiches from Vegan Yum Yum
*Both could potentially be gluten free if you find or make an awesome gluten free vegan bread
Spring Chickenless Salad from Manifest Vegan (GF)
This looks filling, and totally inviting.
Photo: Alyson Kramer at Manifest Vegan
Gluten Free Focaccia from Manifest Vegan (GF)
Spicy Cilantro Crackers from Manifest Vegan (GF)
Melon salad with Mint and Lime from The PPK (GF)
Photo Credit: Isa Chandra @ The PPK
Deviled Potatoes from The PPK (GF)
Ok, I’ll admit that I’ve been craving deviled eggs and potato salad like a mo-fo lately, and this essentially combines the two into a very delectable looking appetizer.
Blackened Tempeh Wraps with Chipotle Ranch from Fork and Beans (GF) Would make a substantial nosh.
Raw Vegan Goat Cheese from Fork and Beans (GF)
Now, maybe grandma wouldn’t go for anything with the words ‘vegan’, and “cheese” in them, so just tell her it’s “awesome cashew pesto dip”. Everybody likes dip, right?
photo: Alyson Kramer @ Manifest Vegan
Lastly, Chocolate Covered Potato Chips from Manifest Vegan (GF), because the idea of chocolate covered potato chips sounds like the best thing to happen since peanut butter and jelly.