One of the best things about September is that most of our favorite television shows come back with new episodes. Finally, those cliffhangers will be resolved and we can get back to the romances, betrayals, drama and laughter that is television. On September 20th, the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards will air with all the celebrities, red carpets, designer dresses and suspense that we love (and the acceptance speeches we have to tolerate).
If you love watching television as much as I do, you’re probably looking forward to the Emmy Awards. Will your favorite actor or actress finally win this year? Does network television stand a chance against cable shows? Make the night extra-fun by holding an Emmy viewing party with your friends. Here are some tips on how to throw an award-worthy vegan Emmys party.
1. Set the Theme
It’s always fun to embrace the theme of the party and make it extra-special. Send invitations or evites that look like the Emmy envelopes containing the winners’ names. Roll out a red carpet in the hallway or walkway leading to your front door so your guests feel like celebrities. Decorate your house with gold stars, cut-out Emmy awards or pictures of your favorite actors. If you want to really make the extra effort, have your guests come dressed as their favorite characters or dress formally as if they were invited to the actual awards show. Have a playlist of TV soundtracks and theme songs, old and new, to play in the background.
2. Rock the Vote
Predicting the winners is part of the fun of watching awards shows. Make ballots with all the award categories and lists of nominees. Pass them out as your guests arrive and have them vote before the awards begin. Have prizes for the guests who get the most predictions right such as a DVD of the last season of a favorite show.
3. Break Out the Bubbly
The Emmy Awards are a celebration so there needs to be something bubbly to toast with. Serve this Healthy, Alcohol-Free Champagne in flutes to keep that formal celebratory feel going. Serve a signature drink and name it after a character or show (True Blood cocktail, anyone?). Try any of these 12 Fun and Refreshing Beverages and be sure to have plenty of water as well.
4. TV Munchies
Watching TV always requires munchies and fun snacks. Channel your inner gladiator and serve big bowls of popcorn. Check out 10 New and Exciting Ways to Flavor Your Popcorn and try this Curry Coconut Popcorn, Bourbon Caramel Popcorn, Cheesy Cauliflower Popcorn, and Peanut Butter Caramel Popcorn With Bourbon. Learn how to Make Your Own Healthy Crunchy Snack Foods and serve these Homemade Baked Potato Chips, Raw Vegan Nacho Cheese Zucchini Chips, and spicy Habanero Kale Chips.
5. Pre-Show Starters
Appetizers literally get the party started. Everyone loves the small bites that they can munch while they mingle with guests, the kind you don’t need a fork and knife to eat. For ideas and recipes, see Simple and Flavorful Vegan Appetizer Ideas To Take to Your Next Celebration and Be the Life of the Party This Summer With These 30 Vegan Appetizers. Put out crackers and raw veggies to dip in this Buffalo Cauliflower Dip, Great Northern White Bean Dip and Low-Fat Pizza Hummus. Serve crunchy and delicious Sweet Potato Bruschetta and Tofu Ricotta Crostini. Have lots of fun finger foods like Beer Battered Artichoke Hearts, Cucumber Hummus Canape, Wild Garlic Pesto Snails, Pumpkin Seed Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms, Sticky Peanut Cauliflower Wings, and Smoky Avocado Fries. Even though these were created for other awards ceremony parties, the Emmy Awards is the perfect time to serve these Oscar Worthy, Star-Studded Healthy Pea Soup Shooters and Oscar Night Russet Potato Croquettes with Roasted Tomato Salsa and Cheater Vegan Cheese.
5. Say Cheese
Speaking of cheese, everyone will be impressed when you show up with an array of incredible vegan cheeses. Soft and spreadable or hard and sliceable, it’s the vegan cheeses that will draw the crowd. Show off your culinary skills with this Sunny Hemp Cheese, Coconut Chèvre, Vegan Goat Cheese Pesto Dip, Macadamia Spreadable Pepper-Herb Feta, Spreadable Almond Cheese 3 Ways, Herb and Garlic Almond Cheese, and Paprika Cheese without Soy or Nuts. For more recipes, see 10 Cheesy Spreads to Bring to Your Next Party.
For your menu, make mini-versions of your favorite full-length foods like burgers or tacos. Make sliders that can be eaten in just a few bites like these Hoppin’ John Sliders with Smoky Lemon Aioli Sauce and Sauteed Greens, Sriracha Tempeh Sliders with Ranch Dressing, Walnut Falafel Sliders with Pickled Beet and Lemon Mayo, Mini Black Bean Burgers With Garlic Basil Cream Sauce and these Potato Fritter Sliders with Chipotle Aioli. Go Italian with these Mini Vegan Party Pizzas and these Vegan Mini-Calzones. Mexican food lovers will cheer for these Mini BBQ Soy Curl Taco Bowls with Pickled Onions and these Pickled Beet Mini Tacos. Other mini-munchies include these Spinach, Tomato, and Cheddar Mini-Quiches with Lemon Cashew Cream, Mini Philly Cheesesteak or Lasagna Muffins, and Mini Vegan Crab Cakes with Green Tartar Sauce.
7. Popular Vote
There are some foods that will always get the popular vote for best party foods. Fortunately, it’s possible to create vegan versions of anything and everything. Serve people’s favorites like these Jamaican “Beef” Patties with Cheese, Vegan Mozzarella Sticks, Triple Persimmon Nachos, Oven Fried Pickles, Baked Jalapeno Poppers, Buffalo Tofu Fries, The Ultimate Vegan Genius Eggs, Greek Keftedes (Meatballs), Roasted Buffalo Cauliflower Bites, and Healthy Stuffed Potato Skins. Everyone loves Asian food so be sure to serve this Crispy Tofu and Rainbow Veg Sushi, Avocado and Veggie Spring Rolls, and Orange Soy Maple Sticky Tenders.
8. The Sweet Stuff
A party should have lots of yummy dessert bites for easy indulgence. Sure, you can have a big cake but small desserts are so much more fun. Try these Chocolate Stuffed Figs, Coffee Cake Crumble Caramel Apple Bites, and Vegan Pigs in Plums (Smoked Almond-Stuffed Dried Plums Rolled in Nutritional Yeast). These Raw Mini Chocolate Cream Cakes, Mini Doughnut Balls with Caramel Dipping Sauce and Mini Vanilla Bean Pavlovas With Coconut Whip and Raspberries will get everyone’s vote for best dessert. Since it is an awards party, you must include this Awards Night Black and White Mousse complete with their little top hats.
And the winner is … your Emmy Awards party! No matter which actors and shows you’re rooting for, make the event extra-fun and extra-special by throwing the best TV-themed party ever!
Lead image source: Awards Night Black and White Mousse