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B'day Dinner Ideas - Side Dish & Appetizer Suggestions?

I'm making a belated birthday dinner for a dear, dear friend of mine - Balamico Roasted Chicken with Potatoes one of his fave dishes of mine. I've got that down pat, no problem, I am just wondering if I should serve a salad or a leafy veggie with it and what type of appetizer. I was thinking of this. I'd serve it with some cauliflower and bread.

As for the veggie, would creamed spinach or broccoli with cheese sauce be too much? Should I just make a simple mixed green salad?

Or maybe I'm just being silly about it all? Any suggestions?

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