Doctor Who Party: Wrap-Up

Why the sad face, Boe?  Oh, yes, somehow another VeganMofo has come to an end…  (What?  It actually ended a week ago?  Good thing time is meaningless for this party!)  This year I finished October having completed 23 posts – my best track record with MoFo so far!  As usual, it was an exciting month.  I loved reading the posts of bloggers from all over the globe.  The creativity was off the charts.  My Pinterest board is bursting at its virtual seams, just aching to make some of the deliciousness I found over the month.  After a sigh and a nap, we can all go back to brainstorming themes for next year!

It can be scary to say goodbye, but before we do that, let’s give one last look to the final dinner party in my month of themed dinner parties.  (If you missed the parties for The Wizard of Oz, Pajama Party, or Holiday Mash-Up, you can find them all here.)

Yesterday I offered two drink ideas for a Doctor Who themed evening – a Sonic Screwdriver and a Bloody Mara.

For appetizers, party guests can dine on the vegan’s version of fish fingers and custard (without fish and without custard).  It’s breaded hearts of palm and avocado dip.

For the main course, bow tie pasta salad.  (You know bow ties are cool, right?)  On a Doctor Who fan site, some fellow Whovians noted that the little tomato halves look like tiny fezzes.  (Hey, those are cool too!)  I also realized afterwards that if only I’d put faces onto the blocks of tofu, they’d be shoe-ins for Adipose.  Ah, well.  Next time!

An easy, kid-friendly option for the meal is Peanut Butter & Jelly Baby Sandwiches with peanut butter slathered celery.  (I hadn’t had peanut butter on celery for a long time, and I know it’s simple, but it sure is tasty!  There’s a reason it’s a classic.)

Finally, for dessert – a chocolate soufflé that even a hate-filled Dalek would love.

If you’re feeling less inclined to bake, why not steal an option out of the Wizard of Oz party playbook and serve heart-shaped watermelon slices.  Of course, each guest will need two!

Edited to change winner (I never heard from the first one):  Finally, congrats to Kittee for winning the EZ Tofu Press giveaway.

Thanks again for tuning in to this month of themed dinner parties!  It’s been a blast!

The end of another MoFo. Man, you blink and it’s over…

26 thoughts on “Doctor Who Party: Wrap-Up

    • Thanks, Laura! I don’t throw parties nearly as often as I should either, but I certainly have my meals all planned for next time now! :D

  1. Ditto Laura’s comments. It was great to see such creative party themes. When I throw a party, it’s all I can do to figure out what to serve. I can’t wait for your party book!

  2. I can’t believe I only discovered your blog at the end of MoFo, especially with all the Doctor Who goodness. Time to brew up some tea, and do some reading!

    • I’m so glad to have discovered your blog as well! I subscribed to it on Bloglovin’ so that I don’t miss anything in the future! :)

    • Thanks, Gigi! I guess someone should have told you that MoFo is over, but that’s impressive that you’re already up to 75 posts. You overachiever, you! Since you’re still MoFo-ing, I guess this means we’ll be seeing more of Larry’s lederhosen! ;)

  3. Those are some scary creatures Cadry!!! MOFO was wild, I loved reading all your themed posts. I’m on the fence about whether I’ll be back next year…..

    • Oh, no! On the fence? Why is that? I’ve heard some people describe MoFo as being like childbirth. By the time the next one comes around, you forget what a pain it was and you’re eager to do it again. I’ve never had kids, and so I can’t say on that part. However, somehow every year as MoFo draws closer, I feel myself growing eager to immerse myself in the chaos again.

      • Several reasons:

        I think that with 2 kids a dog and generally busy lifestyle it was honestly too much for me. Everything suffered, which is not what I want with my blog. I could probably manage it better if I planned most of my posts in advance, but I’ve heard people say that’s cheating….

        Also I expected to get more traffic from MOFO itself, I literally got less than 20 direct hits on my site from being part of it. Not a totally big deal, but felt a bit burned after working so hard to make it happen.

        I think my everyday readers also got a little sick of 5 posts a week.

        The best part was connecting with other bloggers and seeing how many incredibly creative things people put together. We’ll see if I am recovered enough by next round to pull it off again.

        • Those are all really valid reasons. With the recipe creation, photographing, and writing, it can eat up a lot of time! I completely disagree with the people who say that planning ahead is cheating. I know lots of people who write posts ahead of time or at least map out how they plan for things to go. If a person wants to get a jumpstart on things, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. This year I had a lot of ideas written out ahead of time, and I started photographing pictures of my first party about a week before MoFo began.

          Even though you didn’t get a lot of traffic from MoFo itself, did you notice an overall jump in your per-day views? I noticed a pretty large increase in overall traffic for the month. I totally get the concern that your everyday viewers were sick of 5 posts a week. That was a big concern of mine too. I lost a couple of email subscribers during the month, and I wondered if it was either because of the increased posting or because they weren’t interested in the theme. I think sometimes less is more, and it can be good to look forward to a new post, rather than have it always there. That being said, with my favorite bloggers like yourself, I was more than happy to just have more fun stuff to read!

          Connecting with other bloggers and seeing all of the creativity was my favorite part of the month too.

          • I did have an increase, but that was directly following the Forks Over Knives testimonial post on their homepage. They told me they’d link to my blog, but refused to at the last moment (the day before it went up I got an email saying it was against their policy. A bit disheartening after their first contact with me assured me they’d link up)

            Anyway, so it was hard to tell where traffic was coming from. A lot of increased readership I get is from me reaching out to other bloggers. If you don’t think that pre-planning is cheating I might be more game to do it again. I think blogging has become a real part time job and I need to decide how much time and energy to put into it period. The reason I started was because I’m passionate about veganism and health and there are many who are reaching out to me for help, but I didn’t expect it to grow so quickly. I don’t know whether to try and monetize the blog or what. So confusing. Sorry, spilling my guts. Thanks for listening!

            • That is disheartening that they changed their minds about linking to your blog. Luckily, I did see links to it quite a bit on Facebook, and so it seems like people were still finding you!

              I don’t at all think that pre-planning is cheating. Besides, there’s no team of people policing MoFo. There are some people who only do a few posts, some people who do many, and some people who post every day. The whole point is just to have fun, meet some new people, and illustrate the deliciousness of vegan food! :) That said, I know how much time and effort blogging takes, and with as much as you’re juggling already that’s no small thing. I’ll be interested in seeing where you take your blog next!

    • Thanks, Maggie! Yep, those are all Doctor Who characters, except for the one in the blue trench coat. I hope she’s not too creepy for you! ;)

  4. Loved all your Mofo parties! I need to show my husband all these Dr. Who recipes – he loves the show! We even went really far out of our way while in London so he could take a photo of a rare blue phone booth. :)

  5. I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed your Doctor Who series! I bow down to you for your creative prowess. And, you and your husband have quite the kickass toy collection!
    I, for one, think you should sprinkle in a few more Doctor Who-themed posts in the future. ;)

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