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Fabulous Fifties

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Honestly, who doesn’t enjoy a theme party? It’s so exciting to get dressed up and pretend to be someone else… in some other place… at some other time. A few weeks ago, my family was invited to a friend’s 50s-themed 50th birthday party. The hosts went ALL out; they even rented a juke box!

Look at the creative, edible decorations!

50s family 🙂

I contributed maple pecan bars to the party. The bars don’t exactly have anything to do with the 50s theme… but no one seemed to care as they gobbled these bars up!

Here’s what I did to make the bars: First I whipped up some pecan pie filling. Then, instead of putting the filling in a pie crust, I put it on top of a shortbread crust and baked it in bar form, not pie form.

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. Irbas says:

    yum those look really good!

    do you have a good oatmeal raisin cookie recipe? please share if you do!

    love the outfits- nice 50’s style!

  2. Alice (in Veganland) says:

    Lovely theme party! the maple pecan bars look so good… I want to bake something to bring this weekend to my boyfriend’s father’s birthday but cannot decide what to do! I don’t have so much time neither… It’s a shame that I cannot find pecans that easily.

  3. erica says:

    oh man, those pecan bars look so good!

  4. Bianca says:

    What a cute idea?! I love the toy car/pretzel holder. And your bars look yummy. I love me some pecan pie, but shortbread crust sounds amazing!

  5. Cassandra says:

    Your dad and mine could be twins!

    I’ve never been to a theme party. We should have a veggie party with all the vegan bloggers. ;D And like, dress up as carrots and broccoli. Omgomgomg. I’m dead serious now. XD

  6. Jennifer says:

    How fun! You all look so cute!

    And those pecan bars look heavenly.

  7. Simple and Divine says:

    I think we were separated at birth! I am a theme-party lover all the way, especially with decades! 20’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 80’s, you name it. I love them! And your bars look amazing! Pecan Pie is one of the most decadent desserts and one of the best! Lucky party goers! Lol, Thanks for the sweet comment too. You did not offend me by any means, don’t worry! I loved your post and am so glad that I read it. It’s important to get people to act! 🙂

    Anyways, Hope you’re having a lovely day! Love to the pups from Boo and I <3

  8. jess (of Get Sconed!) says:

    pretzel car! love it! very creative.

    and the bars look yum – where’s the recipe from?

  9. ChickPea says:

    Haha–LOVE the pretzels in the convertible!
    I wish my family would eat my baked goods–as soon as I tell them they’re vegan, they refuse to try them. Lame, huh? How did you get your family to start sampling your delicious desserts?

  10. Irbas says:

    thank you so much! that is exactly the recipe i was looking for!!!!!!! can’t wait to make them this weekend!

  11. Romina says:

    That’s such a cute idea!!

  12. Kumquat Peekapoo says:

    What fun! Your family looks adorable, and the pecan bars look super yummy.

  13. pavotrouge says:

    I’d love to make maple pecan bars… but both main ingredients cost a fortune here T_T

  14. Cassandra says:

    Wow! That’s such a compliment coming from you. 😀 I started cooking at a young age and I’ve always been active in the kitchen by my moms side. I owe any culinary skills I have to her. =) I have to admit, though, when I first became vegan I was living off nothing but premade meals and organic junk food (yeah, ’cause when it’s organic, that makes it healthy? LOL). It was only when I started this blog that I got the inspiration to start eating homecooked meals. =)

    Of course you can be broccoli! But I want to be the pea. 🙂 Hehe, I just really want to dress up as a big green ball for some reason. xD That would totally fit my personality.
    I knowww! D: It really gets me down when I realize that we will likely all just be online bloggers together forever (that didn’t mean to sound all corny together forever-ish). Imagine what we could create if we all got together though!

  15. aTxVegn says:

    Nice costumes and great looking bars!

  16. Ruby Red Vegan says:

    That pretzel car is really nifty! Those maple pecan bars look like the maple pecan sticky blondies in Eat, Drink & Be Vegan… And if they tasted anything like them, Wow! I bet they were great. And I still think you seem to be going to parties all the time – be it a charity party, friends party, or family party. Miss Popular!

  17. Betsy says:

    i love love LOVE pecan pie. my grandmother used to make it allll the time. i can’t wait to make a vegan version!

  18. Astra Libris says:

    Oh my gosh, pecan pie filling and shortbread cookie sounds incredible incredible incredible… Actually, it’s the best idea I’ve heard in a long time. Wow. Seriously. Yum!!

  19. loveofoats says:

    Looks really good! I made something similar before except I put the Karo & Pecans on top of refrigerated biscuts… Not exactly healthy but delish!

  20. Jess - The Domestic Vegan says:

    How cute is your family?! That party sounds so fun!

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