No Tricks, Just Treats With These Frightfully Fun Halloween Tea Party Ideas
Can you feel it?! It's that time of year when the weather starts to get cooler, the air smells crisp, the leaves change into all kinds of warm cozy colors, and of course, spooky carved pumpkins start to appear on porches all around your neighborhood. Yep, it's officially the Halloween season.
Halloween isn't just a holiday for costumes, candy, and fun. Whether you realize it or not, most of us who celebrate Halloween have a special connection to it. Halloween marks when the earth's autumnal changes start to strongly manifest, the days get shorter, the temperature starts dropping, and we pass into the darker part of the year.
While Halloween isn't officially a holiday where we get a day off, many of us use Halloween to embrace the coming of darker days and cold weathered seasons. Halloween also coincides with the holiday Day of the Dead or Día de Los Muertos, which is a Mexican celebration which honors loved ones who have passed on. You probably see now why Halloween is so much more than a day for candy; it‘s a special time of year that is often underrated.
It's full of nostalgia, special connections to our planet, and is the one time of year to dress up with family and friends, retell spooky ghost stories, and spread joy with treats.
A Halloween party is a celebration that should be enjoyed by all ages - both younglings and grown-ups alike.
If you've been thinking of ways that you can host a chill Halloween celebration for your friends and/or family that'll give 'em pumpkin to talk about for the rest of the year, then consider this: a Halloween tea party.
Tea parties are the new low-key cocktail party! Between all the pressures of life, work, commitments, kids, chores, errands, etc, we just don’t get enough time to enjoy quality bonding time with our friends and/or family, where you can just talk, laugh, and catch up.
A Halloween-themed tea party is the perfect low-pressure get together that allows you to truly embrace this spooky season while chilling and appreciating loved ones' company.
Before you go and start planning your festive frightfully chill tea party... the team here at Wise Ape Tea has got your Halloween party planning covered! We've put together some very useful and fun ideas that will help you easily plan a spook-tacular Halloween tea party without any stress or overthinking what you need.
Choose The Right Colors
Whether it is a large event like a wedding or a small gathering, the one thing that ties the whole ‘look’ of a party or celebration is the color choices. The color palette decides the mood and vibe of the party.
For the right vibe, choose warm oranges, light greys, a couple of pops of black, and white. Another smart move to add the right energy to the party is to organize it to take place toward the later part of the day.
Decorating A Halloween Tea Party
Build anticipation and create a wonderful festive mood before your guest even enters through your front door by lighting the pathway to your house with jack-o’-lanterns or Halloween-themed solar lawn lights. You can even go a step further if you want to add even more haunted flare to the atmosphere and rent a fog machine from your local party store.
Easily give your home a fun, dark, mysterious, and scary mood by avoiding big home lights. Instead, attempt to illuminate the inside of your home with candles, string lights, and other colored lights. This will add a calming lovely glow and can create an eerie, spooky atmospheric mood.
Some easy decorations ideas could be scarecrows on the walls, jack-o’-lanterns on the tables, hanging ghosts, and cobwebs around the corners of the rooms. Or, for less of a spooky vibe and more of an autumnal vibe, lean toward pumpkin-y and leafy decor.
Try to fit in the decorating about a day or two in advance of the party, because time will most likely be limited on the day of the party due to the food and drink preparation time.
Decorating The Tea For A Halloween Tea Party
Nothing could be more important to a Halloween tea party than incorporating the spooky theme into the teaware and utensils. After all, tea will be the main focus - it's called a Halloween tea party for a reason. Serving your tea in really fun fall or Halloween-themed teaware will be the biggest themed win that the crowd will notice and love.
You should decide on your drink decorations based on what type of tea or teas you'll be serving. Think about the factors like the thickness and color of your tea. For example, if you're making tea drinks that'll have a foam topping, then you'll be able to top teas with plastic decorations like spiders or a pair of eyes. If your tea drinks won't have any foam, then you'll want to attach the decorations to skewers.
For translucent tea, you could use spooky heat-resistant decorations like false teeth and place them at the bottom of clear glasses.
You can also keep them things themed yet clean and classy by using orange and white cups on black plates. In the case that you want the color of your tea to stand out, be sure to use white or glass cups if you are serving whiter or green tea. Orange, grey, or black cups will work better with darker teas, like black tea.
If you want to take the tea serving Halloween vibe further, then you can brew or serve your teas in themed teapots like a witch’s cauldron or pumpkin teapot.
Another nice idea if you really want to immerse your guests into the Halloween experience, is to get some accessories that you can offer your guests. They don‘t even need to be anything fancy. Headwear is probably your best bet - it's cheap, spooky, and fits into the tea party theme. Anything can work - witch hats, ears, horns, pumpkin hats, etc.
Picking The Food For A Halloween Tea Party
The amazing thing about tea parties is that the food can easily be prepared before your guests arrive and is served buffet style or by passing plates of food around the table, so, your job on the day of the party will be so much easier and enjoyable.
You'll want to include both savory and sweet food and pair the food options to your steeps. The tea menu may vary depending on the flavors of the tea you serve, but you should still stick to a classic general menu including tea sandwiches, deviled eggs, and maybe even soup depending on the time of day you host your party. You'll need a balance of savory and sweet items, so, you need to also serve some sweet pastries, like warm scones, cookies, and cupcakes.
Of course, we can't forget that this is a Halloween-themed party, so, you might want to add some spooky magic to the foods you serve. Opt for decorated Halloween cupcakes. Decorate your deviled eggs with a spider web design. Buy or make your cookies in the shape of coffins, zombies, ghosts, pumpkins, and bats. You can also use similarly shaped cookie cutters to cut the bread for the sandwiches into Halloween-shaped finger sandwiches.
Another fun and themed idea is to go crazy with pumpkin flavors. If your tea flavors allow for it, then you can take advantage of this pumpkin spiced flavored season and buy or make delicious pumpkin-flavored foods including pumpkin scones, pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin soup, just go crazy with pumpkin spice and everything nice!
The Best Teas To Serve At A Halloween Tea Party
With so much of the focus on decorations, costumes, and food, it can be easy to overlook the tea. However, the tea or teas at a tea party are maybe the most important thing you serve.
We'd recommend trying to choose bolder tea flavors. The loud strong flavors will impress and help guests who aren't as familiar with tea and its subtle flavor, embrace the tea theme. Plus, bolder flavors fit well with Halloween's louder fun vibe. Delicate and floral flavors are for regular tea times, this is Halloween!
You could go with a pumpkin spice blend, but the core of this party is tea, so, try to choose a tea that showcases teas beauty and flavor. Herbal blends, that are spiced, have an intense fruity flavor, and/or a blend with strong black tea, make for excellent choices. Herbal teas are mostly caffeine-free, making them a great pick in case you have guests that are sensitive to caffeine.
Our Chocolate Hustle tea is a powerful blend of roasted yerba mate tea with hints of chocolate and mint, combined with adaptogenic herbs. The flavor is dark and roasty with subtle notes of chocolate and mint.
Coconut Warrior is a balanced blend of cozy and bold flavors of Assam black tea, turmeric, and cinnamon which are complemented by light coconut-vanilla undertones, followed by a kiss of subtle sweetness from pau d' arco bark. If that wonderfully cozy blend doesn't scream autumnal deliciousness, that what does?
Have Fun and Enjoy Your Halloween Themed Tea Party
That's it... these tips and tricks have hopefully given you a great idea of how to host an incredible Halloween tea party. The team here at Wise Ape Tea, hope you have a frightfully fun Halloween and enjoying spending time drinking your favorite teas with your closest friends and family. Happy Halloween!
This informative article is written, by Sophia Mckenzie. Sophia is head content creator and writer, for several premium websites, where her expertise lie in health, nutrition, and wellness. Her content is heavily focused on providing and sharing doable solutions to help people truly thrive, and live their happiest, healthiest, fulfilled life.