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Autumn Luncheon

November 9, 2012

Lady friends eating lunch under falling leaves. Warm food. Cool air. Good conversation. It’s almost embarrassing how long I’ve chewed on this idea.

Okay, you win. It’s been 2 years in the making. Don’t judge. I don’t procrastinate (at least intentionally).

Thing is, last fall I was cooped up with Sir John (the toilet basin). 1st trimester was fugly, you guys. The year before that? All I can remember was living off of rice crackers, avocados, and olives… a new mom coping with a very restrictive allergy diet.

Major bummer two years in a row!

Happy to report, this year it all panned out! Definitely well worth the wait. Or maybe that’s just the food talking.


Leaf Plates – Walmart (Better Homes & Gardens Collection)
Table Runner – Craft Paper
Name Labels – Chalkboard Pen
Antique silverware & lace napkins
Plates & Serving Ware – Bella by Signature (discontinued)


Pear Bruschetta – french baguette topped with goat cheese mixed with cranberry relish, topped with organic bartlett pears, drizzled with balsamic vinegar

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Apple Chicken Sausage (served with a lemon garlic sauce)

Pomegranate Salad – mixed greens, sliced seasonal apples, oranges, pomegranates, candied pecans tossed in an orange vinaigrette (1/4 c. orange juice, 2 T. olive oil, dash of salt, dash of cayenne pepper, sugar to taste).

Individual Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Ice-Cream, topped with candied pecans + Trader Joe’s maple cookies


  • Reply Marie-Eve @aprettynest November 9, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Yummy !!!! Looks like an amazing time ! I’m so doing this next fall, because here it’s already too cold for eating outside !
    My Blog – A Pretty Nest

  • Reply Blaire November 9, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    What a beautiful idea and gorgeous outdoor setting!

  • Reply Leigh November 9, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    This is so lovely! What made you want to do this?

    • Reply missy November 14, 2012 at 2:25 am

      This time of year is too gorgeous to spend indoors. Everyone always entertains outdoors during the summer. I figured take advantage of the beautiful setting with beautiful company.

  • Reply Valerie November 9, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    This is adorable! It is too cold here as well to eat outside. Maryland skipped fall and jumped right into winter :'(. I will try this next fall! Thanks for the wonderful idea!!!

  • Reply Amanda November 9, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    OH. MY. GOODNESS! THere is nothing there that I don’t want to make! I shall be back to peruse. It is just beautiful. Good for you to finally pull it off!
    thanks for sharing.

  • Reply simplyinspiredmama November 9, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Loved every detail! So pretty! None of my friends invite me to lunches like that 😉

  • Reply Sarah November 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    this is amazing! i would love to do something like this.

  • Reply Jax Thayn November 9, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Missy! How in the world are you so amazingly adorable? I love it! Can’t wait to try all your recipes. Thanks love!

  • Reply Courtney November 9, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    This is amazing!! Did you do this all yourself? I could never, you’ve got talent girly!

    • Reply missy November 14, 2012 at 2:26 am

      Guilty. But then again it really was thrown together last minute. I normally analyze details to the point of dreaming about things I need to add/etc. This one was really just simple and sweet.

  • Reply jaclyn @ November 9, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    MMM your spread looks delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipes with us!! I can’t wait to try your pear bruschetta and roasted sausage with sweet potatoes! perfect for thanksgiving apps :)

  • Reply Marla November 9, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Looks fabulous. Do you come up with all the decor on your own? It looks amazing and the food yummy!

    • Reply missy November 14, 2012 at 2:28 am

      Yes, it’s original. Everything you see on the blog comes from my own silly and elaborate thoughts! haha!

  • Reply Heather November 10, 2012 at 12:50 am

    It was so delicious and yummy!! So glad the potpie recipe is finally posted!! I’ve been dreaming about it. Can’t wait for the next one!!

  • Reply Bri November 10, 2012 at 3:37 am

    this is beautiful!

  • Reply Megan November 10, 2012 at 4:53 am

    What a great idea to get the ladies together. Absolutely love your table decor especially the names written on the table runner! You are so creative! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Beth Wolske November 10, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    This whole spread is gorgeous and so fall! Btw, I just started reading your blog-it’s creative and so genuine. I thought you might like this link about mother’s and their sons, it’s very touching and smart:

  • Reply Allison November 10, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    mmmm….shall we do it again next week? same time, same place? 😉

  • Reply emily e November 10, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Great food! Do you have the pot pie recipe? I love those!

    • Reply missy November 14, 2012 at 2:29 am

      just click the underlined words and it’ll bring up the PDF version. :)

  • Reply Stephanie @ henry happened November 12, 2012 at 2:08 am

    So pretty – your styling is gorgeous! I’m sure it was worth the 2 year wait. :) Can’t wait to try the pot pies, yum!

  • Reply Anne November 12, 2012 at 5:50 am

    BEAUTIFUL!!! You are so talented!

    • Reply missy November 14, 2012 at 2:30 am

      Aww, thanks friend. xo

  • Reply twoshoppermoms November 13, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Fall is my favorite time of year and what a great way to celebrate with friends.

  • Reply Noelle Murray November 13, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    So fun and beautiful! Makes me wish I could’ve been there! I will have to do this next year.

    • Reply missy November 14, 2012 at 2:31 am

      I would’ve shared my seat with you! And maybe my food too. Just maybe. Miss you! xo

  • Reply Katie McC November 14, 2012 at 2:42 am

    How adorable! The food looks delicious.

  • Reply Charity September 17, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Love it! I am going to use this menu for 20plus people for a meal in my office. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Quick question: Did you bake the bruschetta? The pears look cooked.
    Thanks again!

    • Reply missy September 18, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      The bruschetta is on fresh bread, room temp cheese, and chilled pears! Can’t wait to hear office’s verdict!

  • Reply Kristine October 11, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Looks amazing! Love the cider mason jars. where did you find them? And did you serve the cider warm?

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