Helping plan a surprise birthday party at which several dietary concerns are present is one of my specialties:
4 vegetarians (2 mostly vegan)
1 extreme onion dislike
A handful of healthy food preferences
With this in mind, in addition to bread/cheese/nuts/fruit (figs, grapes, and pears)/olives, we had a few special appetizer items.
I certainly couldn't show up without an appetizer, so I made a fig-olive tapenade with crackers, which was very light, salty-sweet, and a big hit with our snackers.
We picked out two veggie pates from Alexian that we found at Di Bruno Bros - one was Tomato Basil Vegan Pate and the other was a Goat Cheese Vegetarian Pate. Josh wasn't a fan, but I've never had a real pate and wasn't able to compare. I found the tomato basil variety interesting and thought the pates were a beautiful addition to the spread. You can read more about the tofu-based pates here.
I'm always in for a cocktail party. Here are some of my steel reserves:
My Version of the Master Cleanse Cocktail