Tuesday, October 23, 2012

'Tis the Season for a Halloween Tea!

It's been many years since I was in high school, but I still keep in touch with some of the "girls"  I graduated with.   I live about 30 miles north of our hometown, while they've all  remained local, so it's a little drive for them to come to my house.  In spite of the miles, however, I've had the privilege of having them in my home on more than one occasion.  Today's post is a Halloween Tea luncheon I hosted for them.    When everyone's present there's nine in our circle of friends, but there were five at the Halloween Tea.
I used my orange tablecloth and black spiderweb lace topper, along with my harvest china for the tablescape.   I still had their senior pictures after  all these years,  so I inserted them into small pewter pumpkin placecard holders - much more fun than a namecard.
The menu:
Savory smoked salmon cheese cake served with assorted crackers, on a pumpkin platter.
Creamy pumpkin soup with a teapot crouton served in pumpkin bowls.   Cold apple cider and Harney & Son's Cranberry Autumn flavored black hot tea were the beverages.
Main entree was a grilled chicken, Michigan cherry salad.
It was accompanied by broccoli cheese muffins.  The recipe for the muffins calls for a Jiffy corn muffin mix.  Jiffy is located in Chelsea, Mi where my son recently moved.  I'm  looking forward to touring their factory.
Broccoli Cheese Muffins
1 box Jiffy corn muffin mix
1 [10 1/2 oz.] pkg. frozen chopped broccoli
1 green pepper, finely chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
4 oz. grated Cheddar cheese
3 eggs
3/4 stick butter, melted.
Thaw broccoli in microwave [and drain if water is added] and set aside.
Melt butter in skillet and saute green pepper and onion until tender, but not browned.
Mix all ingredients together well and spoon into paper lined muffin cups.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until done.
Dessert was individual chocolate pumpkin Bundt cakes.
A fun afternoon!
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Today I'm linking to Bernideen's Tea Time blog for "Friends Sharing Tea"


  1. What a pretty table you set for your Halloween tea! And I love the idea of the teapot crouton for the soup. Little touches like that are so very special.

  2. I think this is a fabulous meal and so many interesting foods. Lovely and thank you for sharing it with Friends Sharing Tea.

  3. Hi Phyllis, I love the looks of your individual bundt cakes as well as the pumpkin soup with the teapot shaped crouton! Fantastic! You always make your teas special and I enjoy reading about them. It showed great foresight for you to take all these pictures; perhaps you've known for a long time that eventually you would have a blog!

  4. I love your Halloween party. Everything sounds soooo good. Now everytime I see a use for the Jiffy corn bread mix I think why don't I keep them on hand. I really must add them to my list and try the muffins, they sound good.

  5. I have never planned and hosted a halloween tea/lunch. This post is full of great ideas! Thanks for sharing.

  6. What an absolutely yummy tea--everything sounds just divine! And I did not know Michigan was home to Jiffy ... I have made those broccoli cheese muffins for years and love them. I'll get on a kick and have them for supper, then again for breakfast ... would love to hear about your tour of their factory!


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