As this globe we live on repeats another orbit round the Sun, we come again to Halloween and, of course, that means some spooky, eerie, and downright scary tea times!
Cats always figure pretty big at Halloween, but as Janis Badarau also points out, they are always part of tea time. So, cats and Halloween themes at tea time just go together naturally. That means, also naturally, that a cat-shaped teapot is a must! I must confess, though, that this Chester the Cat Teapot is not the least bit scary. He actually seems to be — gasp! — grinning!! — and not in one of those “just wait until you fall for my dastardly plan” sort of grins, but a grin that actually looks — are you sitting down? — HAPPY!!
Now, happiness has it’s place, but not at your ghoulish Halloween Tea Time. It’s better suited for when you get that “A” on your final exam in math, when your daughter or son has a “no cavities found” dental check up for the first time ever, when it’s Friday at 5 p.m. and you’re off to spend the weekend at that lakeside retreat. A Halloween tea time, though, is for spooky chills up the spine, dimly lit rooms, strange sounds coming from outside or even beneath the floor under your feet (just tell your guests that it’s your college-age kid home for the weekend in the basement — this is really creepy if you don’t have a basement!). No, as cute as he is, Chester will not convey such an atmosphere.
Maybe a “Ghoulish Green” 6-Cup Amsterdam Teapot would be a better alternative and lend the right level of creepiness to the affair.
Ahhh…that’s more like it. And if you steep up some green tea to serve from it, you can say the teapot has a head cold or sinus infection as you pour out that sickly yellowish-green liquid. Bwahahahahahahaha!
Store that tea in a stylish “Impish Hideout” Tea Canister in “Dead of Night” Black and make a point of letting your guests see the lid open slowly with a creaking, rusty hinge sound (low lighting, a strand of fishing line attached to the lid and hanging down by your side of the table — you get the idea!).
Serve up your “snot funny” tea in an appropriately colored mug, such as one in “Yowling Yellow” or go with one in “Vampire Bloody Red”.
In addition to those fairly “normal” tea time goodies, like “pumpkin guts” pies (an accurate name — think about it!), candy “scarecrow teeth” corn, caramel “shrunken head” apples, and popcorn balls split in half and served up as leprechaun brains, go for treats like some “Bloodshot Eyeball Cakes” from Mr Kipling (yeah, they call those things cherries, but you and I know the truth!!):
Give your tea time guests something to wonder about when you pass them a plateful of these “Bug Bits Cookies” Shortbread by Walkers (sure, they call these “Chocolate Chips” but this time of year, you never know):
A final note here: If you really want to scare your Halloween tea time guests, then run out of tea and treats. That’s the scariest thing of all!
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