It’s a time of year for being aware of strange things that could happen at tea time, such as it morphing into something quite “ghoulish.” So it is very important to be able to tell when this is beginning to happen. Here are some signs to watch for:
1 Vocabulary Morphage
The re-arisen dead have a language all their own. Things tend to focus on their obsession with chasing, catching, and making a bit of a tasty treat of the living. You might overhear your tea time guests saying things like this:
- “Please pass the braaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaains!”
- “Gee, why is it so bright in here? I like it nice and dark.”
- “You didn’t need that door, did you? I knocked but no one answered. So I had no choice but to bust it down.”
- “This tea doesn’t taste rotten… much too fresh. And it’s not that lovely shade of pea soup green I like.”
- “Who made this cake? It’s as hard as a tombstone… in other words, perfect!”
It’s a sure sign that your tea time is off to a ghoulish start!
2 Tea Preference Changes
You can have several teas that convey a ghoulish mood (in a good way, that is):
- Start with a pea soup green Matcha, of course! You don’t want those ghouls grouchy all night long. Not good.
- Add in some Jasmine Dragon Tears Green Tea, since dragons can liven up any ghoulish tea time – just keep a fire extinguisher handy.
- That dragon is useful for keeping your Lapsang Souchong nice and smoky, though!
- And don’t forget to steep up some Blood Orange Flavored Black Tea as your pièce de résistance.
That should keep them distracted from other forms of beverage.
3 Decoration Alteration
Black is a great color. So are orange and red. They can be calming or inspiring. But they can also be arranged in such a way as to convey quite a ghoulish atmosphere. If you find yourself swapping your brighter, gayer colors for these, you are well on your way to a “ghoulish” tea time. Add in some skulls, black cats, ravens, oversized spiders, and “things that go ‘bump’ in the night,” and you will be mostly there.
4 Ghoulish Tea Time Recipes Dominate
You just gotta have something tasty to serve friends and family at tea time. If you see your usual scones or muffins or cookies being replaced with any of these, you are well on your way to going “ghoulish” at tea time:
- Meat Hand by Not Martha – a bit creepy…just be sure it doesn’t crawl away!
- Shrunken Head Punch by Maple Spice – make it a tea-based punch so those heads smile!
- Watermelon Brains at Instructables – better than making it with a big cabbage and some red food coloring.
- Eyeball Cake Balls by The Pioneer Woman – mine, all mine!
- Mummy Dogs at Instructables – too cute to be ghoulish, though.
5 Tea Time Attire Adjustments
Ghoulish attire tends to be a bit less than tidy. It can get a bit ripped and torn, not to mention dirty, when trying to climb out of a grave or bursting through your front door. And sometimes that final outfit is not exactly a show stopper. So, if you find your guests showing up in out-of-date fashions with a rip here, a button missing there, and stained with all sorts of debris that could only come from their final resting place, you have achieved a ghoulish tea time.
So, how did you do? Have you gone totally “ghoulish” yet? If so, just give in and enjoy it!
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