So I work for a company that treats their employees really well - we have 2 all-expense paid activity days per year in the country, have welcome lunches for new employees (and goodbye cocktails for people who are leaving), an all-expense paid Xmas party, a paid Xmas lunch, etc. If it's your birth month you get treated to lunch and cakes are ordered. Obviously, I won't be able to eat the cake, as the bakery they order from does not make anything vegan. So this is what I've been thinking about:
1) I am supposed to choose the cake I want... I'll probably just ask one of my coworkers to choose since it won't matter to me if I'm not eating it.
2) I thought about bringing my own amazing chocolate vegan cupcakes as an additional thing, but it's my birthday and the company is paying for the cakes, so I think it might come across as rude or pretentious (sort of like "looking a gift horse in the mouth" if you know what I mean... not saying I will eat the cake just because they pay for it, because I won't... although I very much appreciate the fact that they want to do this for us)
3) I can't just find a place that does make vegan cakes because I'm not the only one with a B-day in Feb. and I don't want to be an inconvenience or be too demanding (not my style).
4) I don't think I have any other option apart than just ordering it and not eating it... then again, we all have "cake time" together in the office kitchen, so everyone will know that the birthday girl isn't eating her "own" cake.
Sigh. Only a few people know I don't eat meat, milk or eggs, but that might not make them think "Gee, she probably can't have the cake we're ordering." I don't really want to point it out...