A “Love”-ly Salad Social

Posted on Feb 10 2014 - 9:50am by Brenda Meehan

Well I had the opportunity to go on a little getaway to see my dear friend Olivia in Arizona. While visiting, I tagged along with her and attended her Wednesday Morning Women’s Study Group. At the end of the meeting it was announced that Olivia had volunteered to host a Ladies’ Social the following week at her home.

After giving Olivia just a few suggestions and brainstorming what worked with her comfort level, this is a glimpse of how Olivia’s get together with her CBS ladies group turned out. I wish I could have been there!

Salad was to be the main course, and all of the sudden our minds started reeling…before you know it, Olivia and I had a blast  putting together a “Love”-ly Salad Social with a Valentine’s theme.

First things first: 3P Event Basics:

– When? – Wednesday Feb 5th from 12-2pm
– How many attending?  – 10-12
– Budget? – Minimal as everyone is contributing, and Olivia decided to treat with favors and a few decor items.
– Theme? – A women’s Valentine’s social with a classic feel.
– Menu? – This was such a cool, creative, yet simple menu plan…”Salad Bar at Home”:


As guests arrived bringing their items, a salad buffet was created. Everyone had a terrific time building their own salad.

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*Host supplies assorted lettuces, and guests each bring a salad topping from the list below (You can customize this menu to what you and your group like):

– Chopped cauliflower and broccoli
– Grape or cherry tomatoes and cucumber
– 1 dozen assorted rolls
– feta and grated cheddar cheese
– Valentine themed dessert
– Valentines cookies
– Chopped turkey
– Chopped ham
– Shrimp
– Chopped hard boiled eggs
– Croutons
– Strawberries


The table was pre-set with simple yet elegant florals, favors, and hearts. 3P Tip: Always entertain with the boundaries of what makes you a happy host. Olivia’s love of fresh florals, and lower-to-the-table timeless looks helped her create the perfect table. A crimson table cloth with fragrant coordinating florals combined with a few china roses set the stage for Olivia’s look, we also picked up some glass heart shaped table scatter to tie her theme together. By adding lace paper hearts as placemats and individual take-home Valentine’s favors to each setting…this “love”-ly salad social table was complete!

(All photos of table and decor by: Olivia Bradley)

The beverage area was pre-set of course with pink lemonade in pink goblets which added to our theme. Valentine’s desserts were suggested, and there you have it…another unique, healthy (for the most part) QUICK entertaining idea!

Thanks for letting Practically Perfect Planner help out, Olivia! That was so much fun! You did an awesome job, thanks for sharing.

2 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Olivia February 10, 2014 at 10:15 pm -

    Brenda – What fun. Wish you could have been with us. Thanks for all your great ideas! O

    • Brenda Meehan February 11, 2014 at 10:07 am -

      Thank you for sharing your great pics of your beautiful ladies’ social. Hope to see you again soon! – B