Here is the main thing, I prepared the lunch the night before. You do not want to be cooking when your guests arrive. The ladies were coming from 12-1 p.m. and, I wanted the lunch ready to serve.
1) I always serve chicken salad on Pepperidge Farm's Cinnamon Raisin bread. I love the taste of it! Wrap two slices of bread in wax paper.
2) I found this all natural wax paper at a local specialty grocery store. The brown is a nice touch for fall.
3) I packed the bread and chicken salad in these clear deli boxes. The manager of the deli (same specialty grocery store) was so nice and, she gave these to me, at no cost. I was tickled!
4) For the chicken salad, boil 4 large boneless chicken breasts. Season the water with dried rosemary, salt and pepper. Boil for 30 minutes. I saved 2 cups of the broth for the tomato soup and, the rest went in this storage container. I placed it in the freezer to use in soups, as the weather turns
Chicken Salad Recipe ( From my Sis-in-Law, Emily Bryson Clem)
4 large chicken breasts, cooked and cut in small cubes
1 1/2 cups Hellman's Mayonnaise
3/4 cup chopped pecans
4 boiled eggs, chopped
5 slices crispy bacon, ( I use the thick sliced bacon), crumbled
Salt, Pepper and garlic powder- to taste (I start with 1/2 t. of each and add more to taste)
1 small onion, chopped (optional)
Mix all together and, chill overnight.
Easy and SO good, I love the bacon in it!
5) Assemble the boxes. Rinse and dry curly green leaf lettuce. Lay a piece of the lettuce in the bottom of the box. Use an ice cream scooper and, place the chicken salad on top of the lettuce. Lay the raisin bread (or bread of your choice) beside the salad and, close up.
6) Assemble the boxes and place in the refrigerator to chill over night. Once your guests arrive, you pull out and serve. No waiting and, EASY clean-up!
7) Assemble the Creamy Tomato Basil Soup.
The color of the soup turned out so pretty!!!! I made this the night before and, chilled it overnight. Heat up the next day and serve. YUM!!!!
8) I purchased a bundle of fresh flowers and, cut the stems and arranged them in this clear square vase. LOVE a short square vase!
I will call this "Five Minute Flowers"....literally did not take long at all to arrange these. One white hydrangea, a few kermit mums and the wonderful berry looking bundles....sorry, can't think of what they are called! ....and, silver dollar eucalyptus. So pretty!
I LOVE fresh flowers!!!!
9) Also completed the night before....wrap a fork in a festive paper napkin and tie with a ribbon. I used two pieces of ribbon and tied it around the napkin. Stack up and you are ready to go.
Party Time! The day of the luncheon (yesterday), I served the soup, passed out the boxed lunches and, we sat down for a time of sweet, sweet visiting and fellowship. Such a lovely time! These women are amazing! Thankful for community and great friends in my life.
There you go, a lunch prepared, flowers arranged, serving pieces ready...in just nine easy steps. Plan a luncheon today and, enjoy your friends.
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