My 5th annual mystery dinner inspiration …

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I have decided that our 5th annual mystery dinner will be  Poe inspired. And I am going to use this print for my invitations.

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I have an old antique type writer, and I need to get lots of crows.

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This  black tall top hat and  winged eye liner is just perfect ! Colors will be black, creams, tans and blood orange.

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I’ll send this picture to my best friend Dora, so she can help me make this cake.

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And last but never least have everyone watch The Raven on Netflix, for all the clues.

Invites will go out next week !

All photos from my Creepy Chic Mystery Dinner

 

Our 4th annual Mystery dinner…

.. when autumn leaves turn to gold and fall  echoing earth goddess Astraea’s departure from earth.  It’s the month of  graveyards, masks, witches, spiders, poisons, old black crows and our annual Halloween mystery party.

Midnight in Paris !

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 The bewitching hour of midnight . This is the time to eat, drink & be creepy ! We dance untill dawn !

Thanks everyone for another fun and exciting Mystery Dinner Party !

  Sacred Cheryl

An Easter Tea….

Today was a perfect day to dine Alfresco..

My Tea Table…(thrift store teacups, plates and silver spoons, White teapot World Market)

My flower center piece…(I made from a thrift store basket)

Our  table setting…(Yes from a local thrift store entire setting for 8 $20.00)

(Cupcake stand Target )

(Hats nine west from Ross)

A simply perfect Easter Tea…

Menu

Baked Ham

Green Apple Quiche

Bacon Quiche

Fruit Salad

Scrambled Eggs

Passion Fruit Ice Tea

Orange Juice

Hot Chai Tea

Carrot Cake

Sour Fruit Jelly Beans

Hope you have a wonderful Easter..

xoxo Cheryl

Christmas Tea Time….

The table is set and it’s Christmas tea time…

Al fresco tea table setting and…

A Whimsical Christmas Tea table by Cheryl  …

Every tea cup has a tag with the guest name…

A snowflake cupcake by Dora…

and she made these beautiful little Christmas jewels cupcakes that were so divine.

The girls loved my big stock pot of Sassafras herbal tea with cloves.

Barbara demonstrated wonderful recipes from The Pampered Chef…you can find her website here www.pamperedchef.biz/barmas.

and Brianna lovely Frills were such the hit, I had to buy theses beautiful tiles for my Christmas table.

We handled out some beautiful tea gifts from Maria’s Antiques while the women ate Dora’s wonderful cupcakes .

A special thanks to Dora, Barbara and  Brianna for making this a relaxing and magical Christmas tea event…hope to see everyone next year.

Next post my wine Christmas table, and how to have a kitchen tea.

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A Whimsical Christmas tea…

We are having a Whimsical Christmas Tea event this Sunday at my home in Southern California. Highlights are The Pampered Chef by Barbara and she will be giving a cooking class. Cupcake design by Dora and she will be showing us how to create little jewels with cupcakes. Holiday table setting by Cheryl, and I will have three different ways to create beautiful tables and dramatic center pieces. And we will have lovely Christmas gifts by Brianna. Maria’s Antiques is our sponsor and she  has given us some beautiful tea gifts for our drawing.

Should be lots of fun ! Please join us on my blog…

  • Spiced Tea Punch
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 8 cups apple juice
  • 8  blackberry tea bags
  • 1 Navel orange, cut crosswise into rounds.
  • Wrap cloves and cinnamon sticks in a piece of cheesecloth or a coffee filter and secure with kitchen twine. Bring apple juice and spices just to the boiling point. Remove from heat and add tea bags. Steep for 4 to 6 minutes then remove tea bags. Let cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until cold

A Creepy Chic Mystery Dinner …

The table is set and our 4th annual Mystery Dinner begins…

The  French maid Melissa and the Flapper Alyssa  help me with ice and water for the fourteen  guests.

Thank goodness they arrived early as I gave our house maid Tanya the night off.

and these wonderful eyeballs , white intestines and seasonal grapes brought by Barbara .

Here is our deserts,  chocolate cupcakes and red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting.

The guest arrive looking spooktatular in their Black and White creepy chic attire.

and dinner is served (menu on previous post )

The guests break up into groups of three and began their quest to find all the answers and the final  mystery words. Here the girls are in the Theater room and they looked completely baffled…

while this group of handsome men were fast at work in the Parlor.

This very creepy chic group were in the Study finding their clues.

while this gruesome group of  three were in the Graveyard taking their time and having wine.

 Everyone gathered in the Palor to go over their notes. And the winner of the clues and mystery words were the gruesome 3 in the graveyard !

The creepy chic three won best costume, and received beautiful silver necklaces.

Most Simply Chic  was Justin and Alyssa

Most Creepy goes to Barbara and Paul , they were dead pirates.

and the Mystery Words were

A Witches Brew…

2 oz Viper Venom

 1 oz Frog’s Blood.

Shake well.

 Add 1 eye of Newt Serve Chilled

Darrill and I would like to say Thank-you for all who came and made this such a whimsical, creepy and exciting  mystery dinner. We hope to see everyone next year at our fifth.

Mystery Dinner at the Manor house…

It’s a cool and overcast morning at The Manor house….and the Creepy Chic Mystery Dinner is tonight…

  

I have set the table the night before so I have plenty of time to prepare the food  today..I use all my old silver that my grandma has given me and some extra pieces I have picked up at antique stores and thrift stores.

Here are three pieces I have just bought for tonight’s dinner and I always like to use silver, pewter , clear glass, and white dishes. I think I have spent about five dollars each piece.

I have  mixed  my thrift store finds with my good silver and they look great together !

 I throw the white cloth napkins in the washer and dryer so they have that crinkled look.

I decided to use a white pumpkin with a black crow to keep with the black and white theme.

I used a large white tag with a black and white ribbon for place cards. And I wrote the names in ink and very messy so they looked creepy.

The Menu

spice nuts

fruit platter

veggie platter

raisin carrot salad

pumpkin bread

rosemary pork loin roast

herb mashed potatoes

french green beans

assorted wines

chocolate cupcakes

red velvet cake

coffee

Have a simply creepy evening….

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A witches brew….

Some simple tricks, I saved all my wine bottles from last years party and all year-long, so I have plenty of wine bottles all shapes and sizes. I removed the labels with soap and water. If you let the bottle soak for about 15 mins. most of them will  peel right off.

I picked up some creepy labels, I bought some at Micheals but I didn’t like the fact that they didn’t have a sticky back.  I found theses at the 99 cent store and they were the right colors and they had a peel and stick back.

 I bought some long taper white candles to create a dramatic setting. I am using these for my witches brew table….post so to follow.

Should be fun   !

Count down to our Mystery Dinner…

Count down to our Creepy Chic mystery dinner and I am going to post all my  tricks and treats this week as our dinner is this weekend.  The dinning room is decorated with just the right lighting…and some mice and black crows have decided to join us.

 I have bought lots and lots of white candles to keep the evil spirits away.

The clues have been written and sealed with red wax…

and I have found that perfect creepy chic dress….and a very large pointy hat.

Darrill even built a graveyard in the front yard….

should be spooky …join me if your dare !

(all photos from pinerest)