Sunday, November 3, 2013

Autumn Afternoon Tea Luncheon & Recipe

I recently attended an amazing autumn tea luncheon
 held by my dear friend Mary D in her lovely home.

There are no words to describe her amazing talents,
 hard work and generous nature when hosting teas -
 and she does it often for us grateful tea society sisters!

We are so blessed to have her in our lives! 

Thank you for including me, Mary!

She made entirely too much food,
 but every single thing was so delicious!

I just adore her birdie teapot.

We started out with an amazing salad
and I was so hungry I dived right in...
 totally forgetting to take a pic.

It had oranges and cranberries and nuts in it,
was truly one of the best I have ever eaten!

Next she served these cute little individual chicken pot pies:

Savory menu:

Mushroom quiche (Miss Dawn's family recipe)
Lobster Ravioli
English Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
Chicken Salad on green apple slice with walnut
Baked stuffed bread with turkey (I think?)

Sweet menu:

Pumpkin Bars
Banana Cream Pie
Pot of Chocolate Trifle Mousse Cake

I adore her antique Bavarian lidded teacup she uses
 for things like this!

 Aren't they absolutely awesome?

Here is her recipe for the Banana Cream Pie -
 adapted from a Pampered Chef original recipe.


  16 (2 1/2 inch) graham cracker squares  (1 sleeve/pack, or 1 1/4 cups) CRUSHED
  1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
   3 TBLS. sugar
   1 container (12 ounces) frozen WHIPPED TOPPING, thawed (Cool Whip)

 can use Lite or Fat Free
   1 container (8 ounces)  SOUR CREAM  (can use Lite or Fat Free)
   1 package (3.4 ounces) VANILLA INSTANT PUDDING  (can use Sugar Free)
   Grated or chopped Pecans halves  ( I used candied ones)  whole ones to decorate the top


(1)  Finely crush graham crackers in large resealable plastic storage bag;
  Place in a bowl and add melted butter and sugar, mix well.

    Press crumb mixture onto bottom of a Springform Pan (can use large deep dish pie pan).  

(2) In large bowl whisk whipped topping and sour cream
    until blended.  Add pudding mix; whisk until mixture is well blended and smooth.

  Spread half of the filling over the crust.  SLICE bananas and  arrange over filling. 
 SPREAD REMAINING filling OVER bananas.

  (3)  Grate pecans over top, or use chopped ones.  Add whole pecan halves for looks. 

    (4) Put in refrigerator until ready to serve  (takes 30 minutes to set)
  It is best to make and serve the same day so the bananas don't brown.   

(Thanks for sharing your recipe, Mary!)

I honestly have to say her banana cream pie
is probably the best dessert I have ever had in my life.

It really was THAT GOOD.

She had not one, not two but THREE parting favors!

And they were all homemade sweets!!

Individual S'Mores Bags, caramel apples and
caramel corn with candy corn in it!

Mary gave us all a truly remarkable day and beautiful memory.




  1. Michele,
    What a beautiful tea party! I bet you did have a wonderful time. The food looks so yummy. What a sweet party.

  2. love that chalkboard teapot!! and the food looks delish!

  3. Look so yummy!
    Have a nice day, RW & SK

  4. I can't imagine having that much to prepare. WOW!!! Looked yummy!!!

  5. What a great tea party. Your friend really knows how to entertain. The food looks terrific and yummy - I know that it was sooooooo good. Love the covered tea cups. So glad that you had a good time.

  6. What a beautiful post and I agree - darling teapot with the bird on top!!!

  7. What a wonderful tea party you were invited to, Michele! The menu was fabulous and I was tasting along with every picture!! Your friend left no detail unturned. What a thoughtful hostess and to send you all away with all those goodies. You all were totally spoiled. xo

  8. Your friend put on a great looking tea, Michele! It all looks delicious. I love the chalkboard teapot!

  9. I love to see a well planned luncheon with yummy food and details to make it special. Your friend is a wonderful hostess, thanks for sharing with us Michele.

  10. Mary D. has done it again, over the top! Everything looks so yummy, you've got me drooling with these photo's. That banana cream pie does look delicious and chicken pot pie! WOW. Thanks Michele for sharing photo's, I had to go back and look at them several times.
    Hugs to you.

  11. What a wonderful tea! You must have had a lovely time! And your photos are wonderful. Thanks so much for remembering to take the photos after the salad...I'm hopeless at remembering!

  12. Looks like you had a wonderful time.
    Love that little tea pot too.
    How generous of her to make such a yummy tea luncheon, and delicious party favors.

    Have a great week!

  13. Hi lovely lady.
    Your Tea party looks like so much fun with all the yummys. Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my new Tablescape for fall., hoping you and your family have a wonderful week.

  14. Hi Michele,
    What an incredible tea your friend hosted! I love the birdie teapot and the tiered stand with the birds. The food looks awesome and I'm sure you ladies all had a fabulous time. She sounds like a wonderful hostess and friend. Thank you for sharing this lovely tea time with us and coming to tea with me too.


  15. What fun! The food looks delicious but it is enhanced with her lovely china and interesting serving pieces, etc. Looks like a memorable time--especially if that's the best pie you've eaten!

  16. Thanks for sharing this beautiful tea party with us! I need to stop by Sandy's Tea Society web page and see what's up. It has been a long time.

  17. I think it's just great that .you get together with friends and have such fun parties. I do see those Rolo Pretzel Delights your friend served among the other fabulous treats. Take care.

  18. Hi Michele,
    although I can only look at this wonderful photos, I am sure it was a remarkable tea party. Everything looks fantastic. If your friend ever share this Banana cream cake recipe, please do share it with us. The pie really does look gorgeous. Thank you for sharing this fun party with us. You are blessed to have such a friend.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  19. Hi Michele,
    Boy, she really went all out. Lots of wonderful looking food. Goodness. I love the individual pot pies and pot de cremes.
    Have a super week, Ruthie

  20. What a treat Michele. Sounds like you had a wonderful time and meal. What a very kind and generous friend you have.

  21. What a perfect spread. Just like the Four Seasons.

  22. What a sweet luncheon, Michele. I love it and what a nice treat! xo Diana

  23. What a fantastic tea party! The food looks awesome. Mary put a lot of heart and soul into creating this beautiful afternoon tea. Glad you had the chance to attend.

  24. Wow! Wish I'd been a guest at this tea party! And yes, if you can get us the pie recipe, well, that sure would be nice ... Must say am very jealous of her cute little lidded chocolate pots! I saw an equally beautiful set of those (with matching tray) in the mountains a few weeks ago, but it was $295, and I just couldn't quite justify that much of a splurge. Still, I would love to have a set of those one day!

  25. You definitely know the right people! What a lovely and luscious spread. It would be so fun to attend a tea like this. And OMG you are so sweet to suggest I come for a visit in the snow, I know you mean it too! It would be delightful!

  26. Wow, what a yummy spread! Get that recipe! I'd love to see it, it looks amazing!
    Now that's how to hold a tea party!

  27. This food just sings to my soul. I would love to attend a tea party like this! I am thrilled that you shared it with Foodie Friday. Have a wonderful weekend! xx

  28. Oh my Michele, Mary did go all out. The food looks and sounds absolutely delish! The party favors were such a sweet treat! Aren't good friends the best? Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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