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Set the Table With Salad


Over the weekend Fab and I attended the Junior League of San Francisco's — a great organization that helps mothers in need — annual luncheon and fashion show. Instead of having a boring buffet or walking waiters, the tables were set with ingredients to make-your-own salad. Having to pass platters was a great way to start conversations between the unacquainted guests.

Serving a set table of food is more affordable than hiring caterers and waiters. This exceptional, assembled-meal idea would work wonderfully at a bridal or baby shower. Here's how you do it:

  • Place a plate of greens in front of each chair.
  • In the middle of the table, set platters of grilled chicken, smoked salmon, onions, capers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, fresh fruit, etc.
  • Add depth by filling martini glasses with other ingredients such as fresh mozzarella, nuts, and dried figs.
  • Fill small glasses with different types of dressing and arrange next to the platters.
  • Place rolls on small plates next to each setting and fill tall tumblers with grissini (breadsticks).
  • Be careful not to overcrowd the table. Fab accidentally spilled her Sauvignon Blanc in the chicken!

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