Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Witches Tea Party and Spellbinding Ghost Walk!
The Witches of Lafayette 2Here are some of the witches at the 200 year old covered bridge

On Saturday October 16, 2010, I hosted the Witches Tea Party at my store Piddlestixs in Historic Lafayette, NJ, from 12pm-10pm

Witches Flew on their brooms (cars) from all over NJ to take part in the festivities. What's a witch to do without her hat, broom, lantern and brew? I was so excited to see many friends and meet new ones. Geralyn and Zandra drove in from the Jersey Shore and Theresa came down from Mahwah, while the other ladies came in from Succasunna, Stillwater, Warwick, Newton, Branchville, Parsippany and Allamuchy!

Several Witches and Wizards were on hand to create new hats to wear this Halloween, sharing eerie tales and spellbinding techniques, munching on spooky delights and geared up for some bone shivering frights........
Magical Lantern Tree! 2 Me and Mom with the Hats!

I had been preparing for weeks for this event, getting Witch hats to decorate, ribbons, trims, millinery and other spook-tacular goodies. The studio had to be transformed, the food prepared the lanterns set, the ghost walk organized, the moonlight tea ready and the surprises in store. Witches Tea: Crafting the Hats!
Witches Tea: Me and Geralyn!
Our day started with a light lunch of tea sandwiches, Parmesan and Artichoke Chicken Salad, Croissants, Spinach Spread and Wine Crackers, Hummus, Fruit Salad and Harvest Autumn Punch. Lunch was followed by the creation of our Witches Hats made using a witch hat base, vintage fabrics, tulle, feather boa's, ribbons, millinery, images, jewels, stitching and glue. We used primarily fabri-tac by Beacon Adhesives and hot glue for this gluing. During this time additional friends and curious seekers popped in for a peek, along with Mark Lipinski who came on by for a visit.
Witches Tea: Zandra and Colin!
After our witches were complete we started our shopping parade to the businesses and covered bridge. We stopped first at Karen and Don's Shops at the MillWitches Tea: At the Crossing!
Bogwater Jims and The Boat House! Witches Tea: Shopping!Witches Tea: Witches Shopping! 6Witches Tea: Witches Shopping! 5Witches Tea: Witches Shopping! 7Witches Tea: Witches Shopping! 9Witches Tea: Witches Shopping! 10Witches Tea: Witches Shopping! 12Witches Tea: Witches Shopping! 14Witches Tea: Witches Shopping! 21Witches Tea: Witches Shopping! 25
My dear friend Joyce, owner of Rose Petal Porch handed out surprise goodie bags to the attendees. After Joyce's we headed over to Black Pony Antiques, The Chocolate Goat at the Mill Antiques at Joe and Sharon's spot.Witches Tea: Witches Shopping! 27Witches Tea: Witches Shopping! 30Witches Tea: Witches Shopping! 32Witches Tea: Witches Shopping! 34
Once dinner was over, attendees received their Pink Jack-O-Lanterns filled with goodies from: Beacon
Adhesives, DMC, Rat's Pajamas, Aurora-tique, Piddlestixs, Tila's and Suburban Girl Studios. Witches Tea: Witches Eating!
With tea lights in place (battery of course), it was time for the ghost walk and evening tea. We descended down the stairs and walked over to Miss June's location over the Lafayette Emporium, in a 150 plus year old structure which is allegedly haunted. Witches Tea: The Ghost Walk! 3Witches Tea: The Ghost Walk! 9Witches Tea Party: Ghost Walk! 3Witches Tea Party: Ghost Walk!11
During June's talk one of our attendees felt the ghost nearby and needed to sit, now that was scary, Then as we all left, June handed each of us some goodies, just as we left the structure, we were greeted by David Messineo, creator of the
Six Centuries Club, David appeared in 17th Century Costume and led us to his home for the ghostly tales session. His home is a turn of the century farm house which was often used for gatherings and church meetings during that time, it was here that David spoke of eerie tales of witches and ghostly folk lore in a candle light setting w/hot tea and sweets.Witches Tea Party: Ghost Walk Tea! Witches Tea: Ghost Tea!Witches Tea: Ghost Tea! 8Witches Tea: Ghost Tea! 6Witches Tea: Ghost Tea! 10
After wards our party walked back to Piddlestixs for another round of gourmet desserts and to recap the day and night!c

I hope you enjoyed escaping to a world of magic and mayhem as I recapped the wonderful event: Witches Tea Party and Ghost Walk, which brought together a wonderful group of people for lots of fun and joy! Hope to see you at the next workshop or event at Piddlestixs!

Magic and Joy,

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Old Fashion Halloween said...

Wow! Looks like it was an amazing day.

Incipient Wings said...

hi Lisa..
This looked like so much fun!
Wish I lived near you, I would have been there:)
Love the pink pumpkins filled with goodies too.
I'm especially glad you & your mom had some fun...did you happen to do your famous throw-a-Smoldering-s'more-at-someone's-shirt trick?
Have a wonderful morning Lisa,

faerie enchantment said...

It was a wonderful event with wonderful people, so much magic filled the air. I hope you all received some magic after reading the post!
Magic and Much Joy,