Saturday, October 17, 2009

A Hauntingly Magical Celebration

It's finally the day of Vanessa's Hauntingly Magical Celebration!!!

I had so many plans for my little corner of the party but alas, life has been busy, busy, busy. Oh, wouldn't it be lovely to really be able to twitch my nose or "flick and swish" my wand and make things happen. Alas, I'm forced to do things the old fashioned way, at least, most of the time. Hehehe.

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So, I did the best I could. I thought since I never managed to have that real time Witches' Tea I'd hoped, I'd have a wee Witches' Tea for all of you. I've been baking up some witchy goodies.

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Pumpkin gingerbread cookies. I used my new cookie cutters, the ones I found last year. I'd been looking for years for some that were gravestone shaped. While these are baking, I'll set the table and then go freshen up, looks like twilight is upon us and hopefully folks will start arriving soon.

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Oh! I see a few figures flying low over the neighbor's house. Welcome! Come on in!

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Feel free to leave your brooms here by the door.

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Or next to mine in the dining room. I'll need it later to go visiting other party folk myself. What? Some of you came by car? Well, hmmm, what an odd way to travel. But no matter, just glad that you came!

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I wish I'd had time to make more goodies but I'm betting there are lots of holiday treats at all the party stops you've been visiting. Here's my offerings.

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Tea? I've got some strong black English Breakfast in the orange polka dot pot and a rooibos pumpkin spice tea in the white witch pot.

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Soy milk? It's vanilla. None for you in the pumpkin spice? But yes for the black tea drinker. Of course!

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And a cookie? Or two? Feel free to indulge, there's plenty more in the kitchen when this plate is empty.

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Or would you prefer one of these?

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Yum. This little witch's broom is tasty. I'm using one of my fortune telling cups so that I can read the leaves for you after a while.

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My witch hat is at the cleaners so I, wise Madame Owl, am wearing my new crown. Hubby had to help me with the photography so my hands were free to oraclize... oracle-ize... er, read the leaves. (I obviously didn't marry him for his camera skills, ahem) Let me concentrate for a moment........

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It looks like this coming year the fates will be smiling down upon you!

I'm so glad you were able to stop by for awhile. You probably need to be off, so many parties to attend before the night is through. But...

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If you're interested in a something a bit stronger than tea, come on back later. I'll be opening up a bottle or two. Hmmm, looks like Hubby has already started on that white wine on the end.

If you don't get a chance to get back again tonight, please don't be a stranger. (Although it's fine if you want to simply be strange, that's cool.) I "Post Spooky" all October long so there will be lots of Halloween, Samhain, and Dia de Los Muertos, or just a little spookified topics to enjoy both here and over on my studio blog, Laume's Studio, all month long.

If you're headed back to the party participant list, here's the link to A Fanciful Twist.


Blogger Chrisy said...

Some tasty tea and cookies here at this party! And the tea leaf reading...such a nice prediction! Thank you for your hospitality! Please drop by to my place for more treats!

2:13 AM  
Blogger Designs By CK said...

Hi there!

Happy Hallowe'en and great party post!!!

SpOOky Best,
Chris (-:

4:06 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Great post! I loved the smiling tea leaves.

Happy Halloween!


4:43 AM  
Blogger Pixie said...

Gah! I adore the broom cookies! And the jack-o-lantern face in your tea leaves. So clever and creative! I'm so enjoying visiting all the parties this morning.

5:21 AM  
Blogger Jorgelina said...

Great post and cookies.
Happy Halloween!

5:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the sweet treats!

Happy Haunting!


5:34 AM  
Blogger LeslieN said...

Prettiest Halloween party ever! And my favorite clip from Practical Magic. Thanks for inviting me!
--Leslie in Hiawatha

5:46 AM  
Blogger Maggi said...


Whew, after all of this broom flying, I was parched indeed! I so adore pumpkins and your tea and cookies were the best! Thank you for such a lovely party!

I'm visiting from Beyond to celebrate the spookiest Halloween blog party ever! I hope you are having a fang-tastic time today! You are cordially invited to share in the celebration at my party HERE. I do hope you'll stop by!

Have a spook-tacular day!

6:02 AM  
Blogger Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love your table! Can't go wrong with a reading of tea leaves like that one.

6:09 AM  
Blogger Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Yay treats! I was getting hungry flitting around on my broom. Thanks for a fun post! Enjoy the party.

6:31 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Oh thank you for the tea and cookies - delicious! What a lovely party..I do love the tea leaves!! Add a clip from my favorite movie and a wonderful party it is!! Delightful Mz. Owl!! Happy Halloween..come by and see me too!!

6:41 AM  
Blogger Autumn said...

Oh, now I definitely got here by broom! What fun celebrating with you! Happy Halloween!!!
~ Autumn Clark

6:57 AM  
Blogger KathrynAntyr said...

I too ran out of time. I do so love how you decorated your table. Mmmmm pumpkin gingerbread, now that is a combination I will need to try. My headstones are of the cardboard variety. I hope you have a moment to swing by. Have fun blog hopping today.

7:04 AM  
Anonymous Princess Crystal said...

Thank you so much for inviting me to your party. The tea and cookies were lovely. Happy Halloween :)

7:21 AM  
Blogger Karin said...

What a wonderful party. Thanks for having us over. I came by bike, is that ok too? ;-)

7:23 AM  
Blogger Maria-Thérèse said...

You can drink EVIL? :-o

Spooky and very pretty party!!!

♥ Maria-Thérèse parties at

7:56 AM  
Blogger Chickenbells said...

What a lovely party...I shall certainly take a cookie or two, and I have always wanted to have my tea leaves read...thank you for that! Happy Halloween!!

7:57 AM  
Blogger Junie Moon said...

I've always wanted to attend a Witch's Tea and now I can say I have. This was such a delight.

8:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yummy cookies.
We have the same plastic pumpkin bowl. I was wondering if I would see any of them during my blog hopping. They are so cute.
Have a Happy Halloween!


8:01 AM  
Blogger queen-of-nostalgia said...

What fun! I loved your tea party :) Absolutely divine...
I would love for you to come to my party :)

8:03 AM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

Great party - Love the smiling tea leaves - and all those cookies! Yum....

8:38 AM  
Blogger WrightStuff said...

Well, I would have loved to see what you had managed to achieve had you had more time! That was an amazing achievement. Can I have a cookie? And I'll be back for that wine later - just off for a quick ride on your broom!

8:43 AM  
Blogger Belita Rose said...

I love the EVIL wine in the middle, I wonder how it tastes? I'm going to make graveyard pudding for our Halloween party but I remember all the trouble you had finding a gravestone cookie cutter. I might just have to get a little creative. Everything looks beautiful! Joli would love to have a witches tea with you, she's frustrated that her Daddy isn't more into tea parties!

9:00 AM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

What a wonderful Party! Thanks for the tea it hit the spot! Have a wonderful Halloween!


9:01 AM  
Anonymous Rhonda Roo said...

Well for someone pressed for time you certainly set a bewitching table~! (LOL didnt marry hubby for photo skills-i snorted my tea out of my nose on that one)
and an open booobar later...hmmmm..I'll be baaaaahhccckkkk
LOL Happy Halloween!

9:06 AM  
Blogger julietk said...

Hi doing the Halloween party round, I loved your pictures etc :-)

9:12 AM  
Anonymous Lori said...

Thank you for the cookies and tea! Had a hauntingly good time. I'm now off to haunt more blogs. This party hop has been fang-tastic!

9:14 AM  
Blogger Julie ZS said...

What a wonderful and spooky party Laume, I really love your selection of wines.

9:15 AM  
Anonymous Amisha said...

I loved your tea party! Very, very fun!

10:07 AM  
Blogger Deborah said...

That last photo did it for me! You are now my new best friend!!! Sorry I ate all but one of your cookies :( Do stop by my party and join Alice and Dead Bob. If you dare! **kisskiss** Deborah
PS The photo of you is just adorable!

10:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for hosting, so glad I came by for the cookies and coffee. Just love the little pumpkin hiding at the bottom of your cup!

10:15 AM  
Blogger mermaiden said...

Lovelovelove the witch teapot! and i'll definitely be back later to sample some of those wine labels with you :D keep a spot open for my broom, ok?

10:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Party! :)

10:19 AM  
Blogger mendytexas said...

Yes, tea and cookies please! I am having so much fun at your party! Thank you! :)mendy

10:29 AM  
Blogger Julie Ranae said...

What a wonderful spread of food! I am full but I will be baaaaack....

10:30 AM  
Blogger Kristen Beason Designs said...

I LOVE that polka dot teapot and all of your goodies!

Party on!

11:18 AM  
Blogger SpiritMama said...

What delicious tombstone cookies! Thanks for the party, stop on by mine if you have time.

11:19 AM  
Blogger Viaggiatrice said...

LOVE the broom...and the wine! Happy Halloween!

11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GREAT POST! I love midnight margaritas! I'm going to watch Practical Magic RIGHT NOW!


11:27 AM  
Blogger Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

Looks wonderful! I think I'll have a cookie and a cup of tea:)
Happy Halloween!

11:57 AM  
Blogger Whisperings 13 said...

all of my favorite things! what a perfect party! ( I so LOVE that spotted tea pot! such fun!)
Happy Hauntings!

11:58 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

Fun! Fun! Fun! Happy Halloween & Fete!

12:30 PM  
Blogger Annabelle said...

Luv the pumpkin treats and secret tea >^..^< but I seriously would luv to try hubby's special magic blends …terribly enticing I must say!
Practical magic is one of those movies one can never forget especially this time of year!

Happy Hauntings and a Happy Halloween too!
A Witch called Annabelle >^..^<

12:35 PM  
Blogger Her Art Nest said...

Happy Halloween. Love the tea leaves in the smile. Fun party! ~Nan

12:58 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Hi Laume! Long time no read indeed! Lovely to see you! Your party was fun-especially the tea leaves and the amazingly spooky wine selection!

1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How delightful to get a tour thru your hauntingly beautiful decorated and welcoming house! The gingerbread were yummy and the tea most delicious. Happy haunting and thank you! I'll be back for sure.

2:20 PM  
Blogger Sandi Van Winkle said...

Thank you for the delightful tea and cookies ( the gingery coffins). I will stop by again soon. Maybe even for that 'stronger brew'. If you get the chance to join us, we would love to have you. Tea and cakes and maybe other things. Thanks again for the party!

Happy Hauntings!
Love your Owl Headdress

2:48 PM  
Blogger laterg8r said...

love your broom, orange spotted teapot and punkin tea leaves :D

2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The pumpkin tea was delicious and if we were at my place I would try some of that firewater too;)I wish I had an owl crown also!

3:01 PM  
Blogger The Josie Baggley Company said...

Greetings Broom weilder & Thankyou kindly for flying by & watching my mini movie! I'm so glad that I flew by to cackle a big Hi! Thankyou for the cookies & tea reading BTW!It has been an enchanting visit!

BIG WUGS (Witchy Hugs) & a wish...'May Magic Forever Rage Within Your Little Heart''

Must Fly Deary!


3:07 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

Great party! and delicious cookies!! Thanks for having me at your party!!

3:14 PM  
Blogger Whimsical Creations said...

What a wonderful party. Thank you for having me. Happy Halloween!
=) melanie

3:26 PM  
Blogger yyam said...

Thanks for the yummy treats! Especially those shaped cookies... Love the tea-reading too!

Awesome post!

Have a bootiful day!

3:41 PM  
Blogger Lisa Viger said...

what a lovely tea reading! beautifully done all around ...

3:41 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

What a refreshing cup of Tea, Happy Halloween, Linda :)

3:45 PM  
Blogger Suzy said...

fun fun stuff! Thank you for having me! I love your whimsy and enjoyed your ghostly post!!


4:03 PM  
Blogger Oliva said...

Love the tea reading! Your post is so delightfully charming!

4:05 PM  
Blogger Janine said...

What a phantastic party,it´s so much fun to see what all the beautyful people made.
I love your post. Everything is so cool. The brooms, the spooky- liquer,the cakes.
Enjoy the party

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a lovely fun time I had with you and your party. The cookies are just the perfect shape ;-) And the tea was de-lish...the set up was quite nice too! What a spooky little smily face staring back at me from the bottom of my tea!

Won't you join us if you haven't already for a spooky fun ride upon the wicked carousel...

Jamie :)

4:10 PM  
Blogger Jasmine said...

I'm all about Midnight Margaritas!

4:26 PM  
Blogger Fantasy Whispers - Vania Cruz-Perez said...

Just passing by to say hello and share your wonderful party. When you get a chance stop by my blog to keep on celebrating :)


5:14 PM  
Blogger Coastal Sisters said...

Love all the goodies...especially the black and white candy sticks!

Happy Scary Day!

5:18 PM  
Blogger LYNDY WARD said...

Greetings & Salutations, just flying by to see all your pretties & say hello.


Thought I'd leave my Halloween Party Extravaganza & Giveaway Link:


Cosmic Blessings With Love & Joy, Lyndy

5:29 PM  
Blogger HopHopJingleBoo said...

love the polka dot teapot! and your owl headband is so cool.. enjoyed seeing your Halloween wines too thanks!

5:37 PM  
Blogger Yarni Gras! said...

I"m all up for the midnite margaritas and those cookies!

6:28 PM  
Blogger Penny said...

More pumpkin tea please and do you mind if I have just one more cookie. your new crown is quite becoming -a nice change from the typical black hat.
Got to fly. Hope you have a wonderful Halloween.

7:09 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

loved all your celebration especially the pumpkin tea reading!
Please drop by (my blog) to say hi, anytime!


7:14 PM  
Blogger Raissa Spatola said...

Thanks you for the tea and treatsies! Your party was fab! Thanks for stopping by my party too! I'm still making my way to all of them!
Have a spooktacular Halloween!

7:47 PM  
Blogger The Gossamer Tearoom said...

The cookies look so yummy! And I love your polka-dotted teapot! It's very sweet! Your post was so much fun! And thank you so much for your sweet comments on mine!

Wishing you a wonderful evening!


7:55 PM  
Blogger Shell said...

I loved your sweet party. All those pretty teapots, tea cups and cookies. Your new crown, as well.

8:23 PM  
Blogger AwtemNymf said...

Midnight Margaritas & Brownies for Breakfast! I LOVE Practical Magic. I watch it every October!
I love your polka dot teapot! *squee*
I flew in from Vanessa's Magical Party!
I enjoyed my visit! <{:O)
Be Enchanted!

9:05 PM  
Blogger Carolee said...

What an enchanting party!!

~ Carolee

9:24 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Great paryt...I love all the goodies :)

I hope you have a frightfully good Halloween...hApPY hAunTinG!

10:23 PM  
Blogger Lynn Stevens said...

Lovey tea we shared together the leaves in the bottom of the cup gave me quite a giggle! thanks for stopping by my party as well!

11:15 PM  
Blogger Kandes Lee said...

MMmm ... the cookies were yummy. The tea leaf reading was a nice touch. Thanks for being such a wonderful hostess.

Happy Halloween!!

11:30 PM  
Blogger Erica said...

thanks for calling in at my Halloween party, it's been such a busy round of parties I think I'm ready for a nice cup of pumpkin spice tea

2:04 AM  
Blogger inge said...

Hello Laume,

I like your teaparty ànd the cookies ! For me some rooibos pumpkin tea and more than one of those cookies... Please read my tealeaves and I will be more than happy with a prediction like in your tea.

I had to smile when I saw your husbands photographing skills and your comment..

I would love to try some of your wines ! Did you make these yourself of could you buy them this way ?

greetings from Belgium

PS : thanks for your nice comments on ! I'm glad you liked the decoration :)

2:53 AM  
Blogger slommler said...

Oh the cookies and tea are delightful. So Yummy!!! Thanks and thanks for visiting my party!! I am so glad you invited me to this wonderful party of yours. I am having so much fun. Think I will stay for the bottles to be opened. hehehehehehehehehee
Hugging you

3:07 AM  
Blogger C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello, I love your Halloween party post! How fun, leaving your brooms at the door! The pumpkin spice tea is my favorite, thank you, and I will have a "bite" to eat!... Happy Haunting!...Bisous... Julie Marie PS Dia de Los Muertos is always celebrated by my family too...

5:33 AM  
Blogger Christine Edwards said...

Thanks for the tea...glad my fortune turned out so well. Happy Haunting.

5:53 AM  
Blogger elizabeth said...

Wonderful! And rooibos pumpkin spice tea ? Wherever did you find that! I must find some myself! And that orange spotted teapot is perfect . I'm off to copy all those wine labels, thanks for the cookie!

6:29 AM  
Blogger Mermaid Queen said...

Yummy witches brooms, and thanks for the party! Pop on over to my party and see if you can solve the mystery! Happy Halloween! Take care, Martha

8:27 AM  
Blogger said...

Oooooooooo! I LOVE it! What fabulousnesssss, and how I would dore one of those tombstone cookies right now with my coffeeeeeeee! I looove that tea cabinet I see in the witches broom photo.

You are SO much fun!!!

Bwahahahaaaaaaaaa!~ Thank you for being a delightful part of the festivites!!

8:37 AM  
Blogger Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Your images are hauntingly bootiful. You have good fortune in your tea leaves. Have a spooktacular day!

9:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oooooh, delightful! Spiced tea and cookies...oh, even better - WINE! I do love the way you think and throw a party. >;)

~ Misha/DawaiOser

9:22 AM  
Anonymous Piper said...

What a great party! Cookies look delish and love the owl mask and tea leaf reading! Hope you can pop by my woodland later!

9:50 AM  
Blogger Kristal said...

Oh, what a devilish time you are having at your party! Gravestone cookie cutters, how that is something to die for! And those bottles of wine, My, My, I've going to have to be on the lookout for some of those!

Happy Haunting!

10:24 AM  
Blogger laura said...

LOVE the polka dot tea pot! so much fun, thanks for the tea party :)

1:16 PM  
Blogger Torie Jayne said...

Hi, Wonderful Halloween post! Great Halloween decorations and cookies! Happy Halloween to you!

3:30 PM  
Anonymous natalea said...

love your Halloween soiree- and those wine bottles are great! (I've tried a few of those myself!)
Happy October! xo natalea

3:48 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

What pretty pretty things for having tea! I love October, so I'm glad you're spooky all month.

Blessed Samhain!

4:38 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Wow! what a spread....I'm back..later for a glass of some of those wines!!

5:40 PM  
Blogger Divaeva said...

mmm - such tastey tea - thank you!
Ocotber blessings!

6:03 PM  
Blogger Abi said...

Superb party post and I love that orange polka dot teacup :O)

7:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm hungry for cookies now! ;-)

9:13 PM  
Blogger Candace said...

FUN! I actually had to speak harshly to my broom -- we MUST GO! We will wear out our welcome.

A lovely blog and a great party, to boot! Thanks so much for the invites and fun.
Candace in Athens. (EyeCandy)

9:47 PM  
Blogger Jessica Cangiano said...

What a delightfully splendid celebration of the enchanted season! I adore your cookies, decor, broom - everything!

Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog (Chronically Vintage), it's a joy to make your acquaintance, sweet dear!

Wishing you a joyful countdown to All Hallow Eve!
♥ Jessica

12:36 AM  
Blogger Stella Dora von Swineburg said...

Thank you for the tea and cookies amid the lovely settings!
Come over to my party and giveaway at

5:28 AM  
Anonymous KayEllen said...

what a lovely tea party you had!!
So much fun!!
You always take the best pictures!!

Sorry I have so busy working and missed out on the spooky fun:)

Hope to see you on flickr!!


6:53 AM  
Anonymous KayEllen said...

ooohhh type o I need coffee!!
I have been so busy... lol
I know i said in my head! haha


6:55 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

I love the tea dregs!!!! What a lovely party!!!!

Please stop by mine for a party and giveaway!

7:23 AM  
Blogger Suzy said...

Hi, I am back!

You we're looking for the old tarot reading cards... I found some I think look pretty great on-line...

Let me know what you think! Thanks for the party!!

9:22 AM  
Blogger noodle and lou said...

i ADORE that polka dot tea pot!! swoooon! your cookies turned out so the broom and the cauldron!! so clever:) happy halloween! xox...jenn

10:10 AM  
Blogger Teresa said...

Hi Laume!
Delighted you popped up to Bainbridge to celebrate. Looks like you did some celebrating in Northern California too! Love the yummy cookies with icing (my fave!) Yes...please do pop in anytime...would love for you to visit. The pics from the Halloween Bash are from my little cottage (so sad to leave) in Alabama! Whidbey Island...I know that must be a beautiful holiday's on our list of places to go! Pop in soon!

3:04 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

Thank you so much for dropping by my humble haunted abode deary! And for all the lovely compliments! I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit and I want to thank you for having me into your home here! What a warm & inviting party here! Love it love it love it! Good meeting you! Hope we meet again soon! Love, Jo

4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Laume! I just wanted to thank you for stoppin by my place and leavin such a nice message. It means so much to me.Don't forget, I pick the winner tonight and will post on site then contact them. Have a great day and visit again soon;)

2:34 PM  
Blogger Lisa Nelson's Art, Bucks County Designs said...

So sorry that I'm late! Your party is wonderful and your owl hat is fabulous! Hubby didn't do such a bad job with the photos - mine would have cut off my head (not literally of course). :) Happy Haunting! Hugs, Lisa

4:53 PM  
Blogger Carmen said...

everything is adorable here

1:12 PM  

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