Throw a veggie party, without your guests noticing

Soooo I did something a bit sneaky for the 4th of July drinks I had at home. My 12 guests were duped as I only served vegetable dishes at the party, no fish, no meat.  It was not vegan as I did use cheese and yogurt. I used a lot of fresh herbs and seasonal (of course) vegetables…and nobody noticed except my vegetarian friend, who was over the moon when he saw the food.

It was easier than I thought and because it was a casual summer garden party it worked well. I always serve lots of veg so everyone is used to that but this was a success. So give it a whirl and see what your friends say…

this is what I served:

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