Easy Spring Entertaining Menu

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Easy spring entertaining | 11 Magnolia Lane

First, thank you so much for all the lovely comments on our new house and well wishes for the upcoming move.  I was so touched by how many of you took the time to comment on my Friday post!

Second, our HomeRight FinishMax paint sprayer giveaway ends tonight, so click {here} to enter if you haven’t already!


Since I am in the process of painting all of the walls in my house back to a boring eggshell white, there’s not much fun DIY’ing going on around here.  Wait with me until next month, though, when things will get interesting again!

In the meantime, I hosted a dinner meeting last week for the key volunteers in our battalion.  We’ve gotten together pretty much every month for the past two years, and this was our last meeting before we move, so I wanted it to be a bit special since we’ve been through quite a bit together!  That being said, I also like to keep things simple when I entertain, and I thought this was a good combination of the two.

I also knew that I wanted to break in my Lilly Pulitzer plates from the Target collection, since I purchased two sets specifically for entertaining.  The green trellis napkins I found (at Fresh Market) were a perfect match.

Easy spring entertaining | 11 Magnolia Lane
I decided to use my silver for this dinner; my mother always said that it tarnishes less if you use it often!

The simple part was the menu; two kinds of chicken salad on croissants, fresh fruit skewers, several kinds of chips, and lemon mousse for dessert.

Easy spring entertaining | 11 Magnolia Lane

We had plain chicken salad and then a variety with purple grapes, apples, and pecans (yum!); I was a total slacker and bought it, but when I make my own I use {this} or {this} recipe.  I served fresh sliced tomatoes and lettuce on the side.


I use white frames from the dollar section as my buffet markers, as you can see in the above photo; read more about that {here}.

The fruit kabobs were a great make-ahead addition to the menu.  I used grapes, strawberries, and pineapple on wooden skewers.  Fresh fruit is so delicious and sweet at this time of year that they didn’t need anything else added.

Easy spring entertaining | 11 Magnolia Lane

The chips were easy–rice chips, sweet potato chips, and regular old kettle chips in a chicken-wire basket from HomeGoods.

Easy spring entertaining | 11 Magnolia Lane

I didn’t take a photo of the lemon mousse cups, but they are SO simple.  Here’s a photo of them from another event (I tend to repeat recipes if they’re easy and delicious–no need to reinvent the wheel!) and the recipe is {here}.

Lemon mousse tasting cups--yum!

For drinks, I served chilled red and white wines, peach sweet tea, and water.

Easy spring entertaining | 11 Magnolia Lane

And I did manage to use my white Lilly tray to hold the wine glasses–love it!

Easy spring entertaining | 11 Magnolia Lane

This menu would easily work for a luncheon, too, and it was both simple and yummy–the perfect combination!

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  1. I love a simple entertaining spread! And those Lilly plates- SWOON! I love those green trellis napkins too.

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