Welcome! It is my pleasure to see you here again and it makes me especially happy to see you here to celebrate Halloween at this, our second Halloween Teeny Tea, The Bat's Meow Two!
(As always, you may click on the images in order to see them larger.)
In this strange and slightly spooky forest, the bare black branches reach up, clawing at the mist and the night sky, bright with stars on this chilly autumn night. Warm food and tea await us to keep the chill away.
Hung in the black branches of this dark forest are pictures of an unusual family and other images...
A shy deer watches from nearby...
Also decorating the trees, you will find a garland I made from some images from my Etsy shop Velvet Revived, the Victorienne's Halloween Party Digital Collage Sheet and the Spooky Doll Masquerade Digital Collage Sheets. All of my collage sheets can be printed, cut out and used to make cute and creative garlands for any occasion! You can find them here.
Joining us today are some members of the family you have seen before, a new family member and one you have not seen in a while!
Here we have our own little paperdoll daughter Victorienne, joining the family at a Teeny Tea for the first time! She is dressed as a bat princess for Halloween! For those who aren't familiar with her, here is one of her adventures.
Several of the family members have chosen to wear mysterious black organza masks (and masks like these show up a few more times during the party too!). Thursday has decided to wear the Doe Princess costume I made for her almost two years ago.
All of the music playing at our tea today is just fun and so we start with this...
The table is all set and everyone is ready to have
some tea treats!
Here is our menu for today...
Our next fun and spooky musical choice...
As usual, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle is happy to do the serving
(with some help from me!)
This is Crispina's first tea here with us! Teddy is telling her about some of the nice things he's enjoyed at some of the other teas. Teddy is somewhat the veteran statesman of our family, as he has always been with me. He was the first toy my mother got for me before I was born!
Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle starts with the first of our savory treats, Alice B. Toklas Mushroom Tea Sandwiches. I found the recipe in one of my favorite books, "The London Ritz Book of Afternoon Tea". Mushrooms are chopped finely, cooked in butter, and parmesan and egg are added to make a yummy and savory warm filling, served on small pieces of toast. A warm and tasty beginning to our tea today.
The next treat that Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle serves today is Welsh Rarebit Soufflés. I've made them from a recipe I adapted from Jennifer Patterson and Clarissa Dickson-Wright, known from their fun cooking show "The Two Fat Ladies". Fluffy, warm and delicious!
Roquefort and Black Walnut Shortbreads are the last savory treat that we are having today. Still warm from the oven, they smell so nice and are so tasty!
Mr. Bear has been looking forward to this tea all month!
I'm happy to help Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle serve the tea! Today, we are enjoying cups of hot Black Forest Cupcake Tea, with notes of chocolate, cherry and marshmallow. We enjoy it most with a splash of milk and a bit extra sugar.
More fun and spooky music...
After we enjoy our savory treats, we are looking forward to some yummy sweet treats as well!
The first cookie that Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle serves for dessert is the yummy chocolate and vanilla Marble Cookie! They are one of our favorites from our very first Teeny Tea! We are so happy to be having them again today!
The next cookie being served for dessert are Cappuccino Spiderwebs!
The last delicious cookie served tonight are something I called
Spooky Ghosties! Ooooh! So spooky!!!
Here's a cookie for Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle!
And now everyone has their spooky cookie plate!!
And something sweet from The Cocteau Twins...
The fun garland on the front of the tea table today is made from a free PDF from the artist Mizna Wada's DIY Blog.
The cool spiderweb I used in the garland was from the digitized artwork of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. It's a great artists resource and you can find it here.
One last fun and spooky song...
After Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and I cleared the table of the dishes and tea things, it was time for some appropriate after-tea amusement! This is a book by the wonderful writer and illustrator Edward Gorey. He wrote it not in the form of a book, but a series of 20 cards, which can be arranged in any number of ways to make a different story!
The Doll and Animal Family is having great fun arranging the cards and reading the story aloud!
We all wish you a very most happy and spooky Halloween and thank you most graciously for joining us today!