Project Food Blog Challenge #3: Luxury Dinner Party


Hi folks, this poet is back for Challenge number three!

For this, we were asked to host a luxury dinner party,


It should have much style and be personal too,


So here’s what I did to express myself to you…


I present to you our first ever Vegan Thanksgiving,

We would eat delicious food but nothing once living,



Don’t leave, I promise this meal is delicious!

I have some organic wine to persuade you (and it’s totally nutritious).


I’d love for you to join us, come wine and dine,


Us adults and the kids, we had a delicious time!

(However, if I said there were leftovers I’d be lying…)

You see, the word Vegan often makes people cringe in fear,


But I’m here to show you Vegan can be tasty and spread lots of cheer!


My challenge to you is to create new and fun traditions,

Print off this guide should you wish, to help you on your mission.

[Yes, I typed up 16 recipes as a fun little addition]


But do as I say, not exactly as I do,

It wouldn’t be my dinner party without a funny flop or two…


[Hopefully incinerated pecans won’t happen to you…]

All week I have been testing and experimenting so,

You can follow this plan and your own meal will glow.


So here is what I served, starting with the delicious wine,

A couple glasses down the hatch and you will really shine.



Throw on some high heels and a cute little frock,

Soon your man will want to help you around the clock. ;)


Follow the wine with Eggplant Toasts and Lemon Cashew Cheese,

A fun twist on traditional Bruschetta, they are the bees knees.



Now for the Cranberry, Pear, and Candied Pecans on Greens,

Always start off light to feel like a Queen.


To round it out, some Roasted Nuts in a Rosemary Glaze,

Oh boy did these nuts incite quite the praise.


As you can see the appetizers were light,

To make sure you save room for the main course delight…



First up, ‘Frank Approved’ Glazed Walnut Loaf and Gravy for our roast,

If you’re wondering about Frank you’ll find out at the end of this post!


Nope, This Ain’t Grandma’s Sweet Potato Casserole,


But this dish was at the top of my dinner party poll!

Now for the High Protein Garlic Mashed Potatoes with a secret twist,


Even my bean hating husband just could not resist.


Homemade Fluffy White Dinner Rolls with ‘butter’,


These rolls made my guest’s hearts go all a flutter.


Hmm what’s missing, oh that’s right delicious veggies on the side!


Olive oil, salt, pepper, and lemon had our guests enjoying Brussels with pride.


And last but not least these beautiful, yet bitter berries…


Were made into a sauce with a visit from the maple syrup fairy.


Now for the grand finale, loosen your belt a notch or three,

I actually prefer to wear an empire waist and set my food baby free.


For dessert, Gingerbread with Spiced Buttercream,


This spicy luscious frosting made everyone beam.

And now I present, the smashing hit of the night…

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Chocolate brownie,


Pumpkin Pie,


And pecan crunch delight.


With silence and smiles, we devoured every last bite!


Now before I go, I have a few secrets to share,

On How to Host a Thanksgiving Dinner Party with Flare.


No need to break your budget just a few dollars will do,

Hit up the Dollarstore for placemats, decorations, baskets, and a stick of glue!


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Next, the grocery store for gourds, pumpkins, and some fruit,


Just look at those place settings, they were easy and disgustingly cute!


Get some inspiration from food magazines and books,

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Gather your clippings and recipes then set off to COOK!


Last but not least, my favourite secret to share…


Surprise your guests with take-home baskets of delicious vegan fare!


Don’t forget to click this link for the recipes all in one place,

Now you can plan ahead at your very own pace.

This now concludes our First Annual Vegan Thanksgiving,

Frank enjoyed it too and will happily go on living… ;)


If you enjoyed this post, please consider showing your support by voting for me in the Food Blog Challenge (you click the heart). Thank you for your support! :)

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{ 229 comments… read them below or add one }

Freya October 3, 2010

Ok, er, one word – WOW!
Love the poem, LOVE the food, love the style, love everything! THIS post deserves the reader’s choice award :P
Oh, and can I come to yours for Thanksgiving!!??


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 5, 2010

haha of course you can! bring pumpkin butter, im going to be out…by tonight. ;)


Ashley October 3, 2010

Omg! That looks SO yummy! (and very PRETTY!) Please ship me a portion immediately to Canada….


claire October 3, 2010

I seriously wish I could have been there for this amazing feast. ALL OF IT SOUNDS AND LOOKS SO DELICIOUS!


Jennifer@ knackfornutrition October 3, 2010

This is absolutely stunning. You really should win this competition for presenting something like that. I really enjoyed this post…it is so beautiful!


Krystina October 3, 2010

This was absolute perfection.


Leilani October 3, 2010

Okay Angela, seriously…you are too cool for school. I mean I have no words, just the fact that maybe your amazing, yeah just maybe :) ha kidding you are the freaking bomb girl!!!!! I am impressed and I don’t impress easily. There nuff said :)


Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine October 3, 2010

OH MY GOSH. A) you deserve to win this competition. B) I wish you were in my family so I could actually eat this at Thanksgiving instead of getting asked why I don’t eat meat. C) I might have to do a second Thanksgiving dinner just for my close family!!


reader October 3, 2010

This is INCREDIBLE angela!!! You blew me away with this one, and your enthusiasm shines through again:)


Leah @ L4L October 3, 2010

So cute! I love that you hit up the dollar store – I should frequent it more often.


Christine October 3, 2010


I have so much trouble picking who to vote for in this competition, but this dinner party is over the top!! You clearly put a lot of time and effort into this.


Lauren October 3, 2010

WOW!!! *Applause* Amazing- you put SO much effort into it! You are such a motivated cook! :)


Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun October 3, 2010

Love! You deserve to win the whole shebang. Love the poem for the post. All the details. And of course every fabulous looking bite. I’m impressed! But then again, wouldn’t expect anything less from your amazing self. :)


Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday October 3, 2010

Wow, looks like you did an AMAZING job!

I love the looks of the dessert. : d


lindsay (goodiesgalore) October 3, 2010

I’d marry you.


Courtney October 3, 2010

Wow wow wow – you are incredible!

Every last detail looked amazing – so excited to make as much of it as I can! You’ve got my vote!!


kristin October 3, 2010

Angela, you are amazing! I’ve always been impressed with your posts, but this one blew me away. The poem, the menu, the details…your effort is just above and beyond. Fabulous!

~ Kristin (a fellow Canadian) :-)


Elizabeth October 3, 2010

I LOVE this post! Your party was so beautiful! I am printing the recipes as we speak and planning ahead for our vegan Thanksgiving! Thanks so much for sharing all of your wonderful ideas. You ROCK! :)


Maria @ Oh Healthy Day October 3, 2010

You amaze me. This is seriously your calling – what you were born to do! You have my vote and (p.s. – thanks for the recipes!)


Allie (Live Laugh Eat) October 3, 2010

I think you were a poet in your past life :). You sure went all out for this and it looks fabulous!


Steph (@ mediterraneanmiss) October 3, 2010

Angela this was incredible!! You so deserved the readers choice award for #2, and I hope you get it again with this! The food looks spectacular, the poem was adorable and thanks so much for throwing in recipes and decor tips!!
Best of luck beautiful; your talent is going to take you straight to the top!


Lisa October 3, 2010

I love the gorgeous table. You set a beautiful fall spread! I’m really looking forward to having our kitchen remodel finished so we can have dinner parties. I love entertaining!


Lily @ Lily's Health Pad October 3, 2010

Wow, you really put your blood, sweat, and tears into this one! I can’t believe all the cooking and baking you had to do in order to pull this off. You must be exhausted!


Tonya October 3, 2010

OMG that post made me soooo hungry!
I’ve just discovered your web site – your photos are amazing… good enought to eat.


Charlotte October 3, 2010

YES!! I have been waiting for this post ALL DAY and it so sorely did NOT disappoint! So excited to watch you succeed!


Libby October 3, 2010

Wow – what a dinner party. So wish I’d been a guest. The table looks stunning and the food amazing. Can’t wait to try some of the recipes. Thanks so much for typing them all up – that must have taken you ages.



alexa @ Sohdalex October 3, 2010

Amazing Job!!


Miriam October 3, 2010

Love that post, awesome dinner!! I now wanna try some of these recipes!! And Frank is too funny!!! :)


Sarah October 3, 2010


I do not comment very often, but read daily. All I can say is–No wonder you were reader’s choice! You put your whole self into each of these challenges. How amazing for people to look at pictures beautifully capturing your very passions :) I hope you win.


Erika @ Health and Happiness in LA October 3, 2010

You have seriously outdone yourself, Angela.

And thank you SO MUCH for the recipe PDF. I am definitely modeling my Thanksgiving dinner after yours!


Katie October 3, 2010

Wow, looks amazing! But I’m pretty sure fruits and vegetable were “once living” ;)


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 3, 2010

haha yes yes indeed they were!


Kristina @ spabettie October 3, 2010

ah, Frank the *spared* turkey !!

Angela, I LOVE this post!! I will ABSOLUTELY be voting for you! this is awesome… I would love to come to your house for Vegan Thanksgiving! :D


Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) October 3, 2010

This was spectacular! I can’t even imagine how much time, hard work, and effort went into this feast, but we all appreciate it, whether we were able to be there and enjoy, or not. I wouldn’t be surprised if another Reader’s Choice was in your future ;)


Little Bookworm October 3, 2010

Love the poem and the food! It all sounds absolutely amazing – good luck! :)


Amanda October 3, 2010

AMAZING! I want to throw a vegan Thanksgiving now too! I just don’t think I can wait the two months to do it…


Amy October 3, 2010

I shout a “Brrrrravo!” of rolled “r’s” for thee.
Your visual feast shall pass challenge 3.
Plus, you have given me inspiration
to serve a main course sans mutilation.


melissa (fitnessnyc) October 3, 2010

So stunning. Truly glamour fare, in a gorgeous setting. You attention to detail is flawless!


JL goes Vegan October 3, 2010

Stunning dinner and presentation. And you were quite generous to offer us a .pdf of all the recipes! Thank you, thank you!


Lin October 3, 2010

WOW Angela!!!! What an impressive spread!!! Great job!!!


Tania October 3, 2010

Omg Ange, a-mah-zing!! Someone needs to give you a show or something!! SO well done you smart cookie!! :)


Brittany (Eating Bird Food) October 3, 2010

Wow Angela, everything looks amazing! Sweet potato casserole is my mom’s signature Thanksgiving dish so I’ll definitely have to check out your recipe – I’m sure it’s healthier than her version!


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