Celebrate fall with a seasonally spooky tea party featuring blood-red tea, creepy table settings, and more.
It's almost October, which means a few things. First, it's officially fall, so start converting your iced coffees and teas to their hotter varieties. And second? Things are about to get very spooky, thanks to the rapidly approaching Halloween holiday.
With so many hauntingly fun festivities just around the corner, what better way to ring in the new season than a Halloween tea party? From blood-red tea and skull-inspired mugs to tools for baking the most gothic-shaped cakes you'll ever see, here are nine things you need to throw your own Halloween tea party.
South African Rooibos
Also known as red tea, Rooibos is the most bloody looking thing you can serve. And if you're planning your party at night, it's caffeine free.
Davidson's Organic South African Rooibos, $14 on amazon.com
Pumpkin Spice Black Tea
For a more caffeinated option, the flavor is obvious: pumpkin spice black tea. Just add milk to achieve a flavor not unlike pumpkin pie.
The Republic Of Tea Pumpkin Spice Black Tea (50 tea bags), $17 on amazon.com
Skull Tea Infuser
When you're making your Halloween tea, there's no excuse not to use an infuser shaped like a skull. If you get one for each guest, they'll double as a great Halloween Tea Party favor.
Fred Tea Bones Skull Tea Infuser, $13 from amazon.com
The Nightmare Before Christmas "Zero" Teapot
Pour tea for two or more from the pumpkin-tipped head of this character from Henry Selick's classic animated movie, whose Tim Burton-produced world your Halloween tea party would be right at home in.
The Nightmare Before Christmas Zero Head Ceramic Teapot, $40 from amazon.com
Skull Mixing Spoon
Help guests keep it creepy as they stir sugar, honey, or eye of newt into their boiling drinks, then turn these double-sided spoons around to spear some spectral snacks.
SunBeter Stainless Steel Skull Mixing Spoon (2 pieces), $11 on amazon.com
Skull Cup and Saucer Set
And the skeletons don’t stop there—make this skull-shaped cup and saucer set the skeletal centerpiece of the afternoon or evening, or any other time you need to clear your head.
Blue Sky Ceramic Halloween Skull Cup and Saucer Set, $22 from amazon.com
Spider Web Tablecloth
Give your table a costume of its own with this webbed lace tablecloth, which can be draped over whatever color best fits your particular haunted house style.
OurWarm Halloween Lace Spider Web Tablecloth, $14 from amazon.com
Spiderweb Cupcake Wrappers
Cupcakes are a great tea party snack, and with these wrappers they'll be just webbed enough to fit the Halloween vibe while still looking delicious.
Vivian Black Spiderweb Cupcake Wrappers, $4 from amazon.com
Skull Cupcake Stand
Show off your cupcakes, tea sanwiches or other snacks with the most fitting stand a Halloween Tea Party could have, which should creep guests out of taking more than their fair share.
Wilton Halloween Skull Cupcake Stand, $12 from amazon.com
Bonus: Cast Iron Dutch Oven
If a kettle's not enough, boil your water in a 8.5 quart cast iron dutch oven worthy of any coven. Plus, it's great for brewing up spells later, especially outdoors over a bonfire. (Incantations not included.)
Bruntmor 3 Legged Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Dutch Oven (8.5 quart), $42 on amazon.com