Monday, October 29, 2012

Mary's Amazing Tea Luncheon!


Please join me as I share the most delightful and exquisite
 birthday TEA PARTY that my friend Mary D. in Indiana- hosted for me nearly a month ago. Sorry for the delay getting it to you but for Breast Cancer Awareness and Halloween I wanted the timing to be perfect! 

This is an amazing lady who just has the magic touch - her parties are the BEST - just look and see what I mean!

Grab yourself a nice cuppa and relax,
you're gonna want to savor this post!

She went ALL OUT and thought of every single detail!
The autumnesque tablescape, the food, the favors, the company - everything was spot-on perfect!
Just take a look at this amazing tablescape!

Pulled-thread linen tablecloth
Green plaid & paisley cotton placemats
crystal goblets
Leopard print chargers
Various harvest painted ceramic or gold plates
Scalloped wavy glass salad plates
Vintage flatware
Wavy solid white classic cups saucers & 3 tier plates

And the best part is that she truly is the QUEEN of thrifting
and every single item was a treasured find
 at auctions and secondhand stores!
To me she will always be the ORIGINAL Get The Look for Less Gal!
She was soooooooooooo a thrifter
 before it was way cool
 to be a thrifter!

So we started with this fabulous salad
Greens with orange and cashews and bacon and apples
Next came a choice of Tomato Basil or Creamy Squash soup.

And 6 plates of delicious savories to choose from:
Asian Pot Stickers
Florettes with cream cheese & pumpkin butter
Chicken Salad Croissants
English Cucumer Tea Sandwiches
Egg Salad on Rye
Pesto Cheese and Tomato on Ciabatta


I know, I know, we ALL could have stopped there, right?
But wait.....there's more!

There's the SWEETS!
Mary's amazing scones!

And light-as-air pretty Meringes.....


....and the prettiest birthday cake ever.

And a didn't get a good shot of it. Ugh.
But you can tell how pretty it was.

(So much so that she used it as her centerpiece!)

With my favvie fav - Salty Caramel Ice Cream!

What a day - what a luncheon - what an amazing friend!

She could so write a tea party book.
She's that good.

She makes it look effortless - which is the true key to good hostessing!


Thank you Mary D.
 from the bottom of my heart.
 You are the BEST!


After this we all went to the antique mall, then to Pam D's for a girlie girl slumber party! She had room enough for all of us and one of those media basements with the leather theatre seats and we stayed up till 3am watching things like The Sound of Music! The following day she had an entire spread of breakfast breads, fruit, yogurt, coffee, tea, even a whole plate of bacon (private joke)! 

Each bed had the most amazing favors for us - oh thank you so much, Pam!!!

I could kick myself for not getting a single shot of her amazing home and how she fussed over us!

After our hearty breakfast we thrifted till we could shop no more!

Then we had lunch together and then everyone called it a day.


Thank you, Pam D.
from the bottom of my heart.
You are the BEST TOO!

I am so blessed to have spent precious time
 with these wonderful tea "sisters":

Auntie Pam



  1. Absolutely stunning table setting. Much to taste everything looks so delicious out. The cake looks yummy dangerously out. I read a previous post I will pray for your cat. When a beloved pet is sick, it is so painful. Bless you! Zinnia

  2. oooooooow, Mary sure out did yourself this time,Michele. What a wonderful birthday you had. Everything was so pretty and the food looked so delious!

  3. What a beautiful tea - the table looks incredible! And the cake looks VERY tasty :)


  4. What a sweet and talented friend you have, Michele.

  5. A simply stunning table for your birthday Michele; all the food looks delicious. And then to have a slumber party! You girls had a fabulous weekend, and I know your friends think as highly of you as I do.

  6. Wow! What a wonderful friend! There's lots to admire about Mary! My main gal friends and I feel lucky to get together for lunch! Sounds like a wonderful time!

  7. What a wonderful friend! What a wonderful spread! What a wonderful tea! Goodness, Michelle -- what a wonderful time you muse have had! I think I've "wonderful" myself out!!! Thank you for sharing your birthday celebration with us.

  8. A beautiful tea in honor of a beautiful friend! The tea table looks perfect and your time with your friends so special.

  9. I had to look at your post twice to drink all this prettiness in! Mary is a lovely hostess, I'm sure she made all of you feel special. And how nice that she thrifted everything on her table!

    It sounds like the whole weekend was a ball, Michele! Thanks for sharing it with us!


  10. Wow, Michele, I'm impressed! What wonderful friends you have, girl! The table is laden with so many goodies and wonderful china that it's hard to know where to start! This much I do know; you deserve it! What goes around, comes around, my hubby always says! It sounds like you had the perfect birthday celebration. Thank you so much for sharing all the food and fun with us today and have a lovely day, my friend.


  11. Now THAT's a friend. She really did put on a beautiful luncheon. The table is beyond gorgeous. "Happy Birthday!"

  12. What a fabulous birthday weekend!!! Everything looks sooo perfect and I know you all had a wonderful time. It's a blessing to have great friends. xo

  13. Wow! I'm floored with this beautiful tea-birthday party!!! What an amazing friend you have there! I can tell she put a lot of love into it for you! Thank you for sharing such a treat and Happy Belated Birthday!

  14. Michele, what a lovely luncheon. The table setting was gorgeous and so much variety on the food. Very special!

  15. What a wonderful tea party! And what a wonderful celebration. The food looks amazing!

  16. What a sweet time you had with those you love! Happy belated birthday, Michele. Pam is one in a million....Everything looks so yummy. This will be a birthday you'll always remember as extra special!
    Carolynn xoxo

  17. Oh gosh Michelle, you had a fabulous party! No wonder you didn't get all the pictures you wanted, you were too busy having fun! Yay!
    Everything really does look amazing. It was all done with LOVE and that makes it shine the more!
    and I am glad you had a Happy Birthday!

  18. Wow! What a wonderful party! The table is amazing. I am so glad you had such a wonderful time. Blessings, Martha

  19. What an amazing party! Somebody loves you! Your friend did such a fabulous job with all of her tablesetting and food. wow, wow, wow. Thumbs up.
    Girls havin' fun. Best birthday present.
    Thanks for sharing! Ruthie from:

  20. You're right, that is an incredible tea & luncheon. The whole thing, from table-scape , to menu, to dessert, WOW ! I have to admit though, the part about getting a whole plate of bacon the next day is the loving 'icing on the cake'of a wonderful celebration. What a special friend she is, what a special friend you must be.

  21. Wow, what a party! And it sounds as if you truly enjoyed and appreciated every moment of it! (I will be stealing that salad idea. Yum!)

  22. What a lovely birthday tea your dear friend gave you Michele. Is this one of the ladies that came to my house that day from your tea group? You must truly feel special to have been treated to such a wonderful luncheon. Thanks for sharing and a belated Happy Birthday!

  23. What a beautiful party! She really paid attention to every last detail!!!

  24. what a lovely birthday party, I have to go back and study it, it is all so beautiful, the table setting, the food is amazing-makes me hungry, wish you had shown the house-future. Happy Birthday and thank you so much for sharing the post....

    1. Definately working on it- all her autumn vignettes are TO DIE FOR beautiful!

  25. Unreal. I have to agree, everything is totally amazing. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, marty

  26. I forgot to say Happy Birthday!!!!!! Hugs, Marty

  27. What a wonderful friend you have to prepare a tea that is so work intensive. And friends to shop and play with what a blessing.

  28. Happy birthday!! That table is so wonderful and then the food and the entertainment.. You are surrounded by love! What a nice thing to do. xo marlis

  29. Happy Birthday Michele !!!!
    I have missed so many wonderful posts while my computer was misbehaving. What an amazing birthday party. You certainly have a wonderful friend and I love the fact that you all had a slumber party ! lol I hope you painted your nails too xo

  30. would Mary mind if your followers had her web page to see her designs?


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