Wednesday, October 8, 2008


Welcome to my Tea Party and Birthday hosted by Jan & Tom's Place.
Happy Birthday to Jan!

For my Tea Party this month I thought I would host a Halloween Tea Party on my porch. The leaves are just starting to change now that we have had some cool evenings. The days have been beautiful and in the 70's and evenings have been going down to the 50's and 40's. The peek season in WV is just beautiful and I will be sure to post pics of the folage.
My front porch all decorated for the fall. I still have pink roses in bloom because of the warm days. It looks a little odd with the orange.

A few different views of the porch.
My pretty pumpkin on the rocker with the rose was painted by my daughter Jen of Jen's Petal Palace.

Come on over and have a cup of tea!

I made some yummy chocolate fudge cupcakes with fluffy buttercream frosting to go with our tea.
I made some pretty cross stitched party favors and some Victorian Crackers.

Some pretty Halloween decorations on the other side of the porch.

One of my favorite cross stitch pieces is this Halloween Victorian House. It was so much fun to stitch. The designer Judith Kirby has designed a Victorian House for every holiday and season.

You can click on the picture to see a larger view.

My daughter Jen cross stitched and painted the little bear under the tree. She painted roses and candy corns on the frame. Candy corn to me is something I always have to have a few of during Halloween Season. Like peeps at Easter!

It's been so much fun, I hope you enjoyed my little tea party. Thank you so much Jan & Tom for hosting the party! Happy Birthday Jan!
Blessings, Shirl


Jan and Tom's Place said...

What a wonderful Birthday Tea Party you put together!! I love it!! So many "pretties" to look at and the cupcakes, oh my...delicious!!

Thanks so much...


KatCollects said...

Oh My gosh, I LOVE everything about your porch, cute cute cute!!! You did a great job decorating it!

Jennifer said...

Mom I love how your porch is decorated for fall.Looks like such a fun tea party!I could just set in the chair and read a good book.The cup cakes look so yummy!!!!I want one.Love you!,Jen

Connie said...

Stunning, Shirl, just stunning!! Hope your day goes well, sweet chick......

Melissa Wertz said...

I love coming to your tea party on your porch! It is just a delight and the temperatures are so nice. Thank you so much!

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

WOW Shirl!!! You are definitely ready for fall! Your porch looks so cozy and inviting, I love it! You have such a talent for decor Shirl!

Love you,

Patricia said...

Absolutely beautiful tea party. I love your theme of Halloween and your porch looks so inviting. Thanks so much for having me .

Cottage Rose said...

Hello Shirl. I love you Halloween tea party for Jans Birthday. You have such great decorations. Love everything you have and how you set up all up. What a beautiful porch.



AWESOME Tea Party..I'm so glad I stopped by. You are a great hostess and I so enjoyed everything. I truly LOVE the Victorian House cross-stitch :) That is so pretty. Do you have a Christmas one??!! Did you do the handwork or pruchase it?? I really love it.

Jan and Tom's Place said...

Hi Shirl,

Thanks for helping me celebrate 59, by coming to my Birthday Tea Party!! I'm so glad you had a good time!!

I look forward to having you "do" Tea on November 8th!!


squawmama said...

Very good post... Loved you twa party it was all so cute with the Halloween theme.... Thanks for stopping by today...

Thanks again,

Melony at Whimsy Daisy! said...

Wow! Your yard looks beautiful and sort of English cottagey. Love the great big ol' porch. Thanks for the tea party!

rosechicfriends said...

I knew I'd not be disappointed! You always do such amazing displays. Your party was darling!!! Thanks so much for sharing!


celestina marie said...

Hi Shirl, WOW I love your tea party and the fall setting. Just so inviting. Your decorations are wonderful and all your hand work and Jen's pumpkin is darling.
Your porch should be in a magazine. You have great ideas and put it all together fantastic!!
So nice to see you today and thank you for your kind comment.
Love, Celestina
la rea rose

Bo said...

Hi Shirl...nice to meet you and thanks for coming by my, your porch is amazing and you and your daughter are so talented! Loved it all, ;-) Bo

Katy Lin :) said...

what a cozy, wonderful tea party! your porch is so beautiful and inviting! thanks for having us! :)

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Shirl!!!! How fun is this?!?! There is sooo much to see, oh, how I'd love to just come get lost in your house! Beautiful cross-stitch Halloween pieces. And I knew Jen had painted that adorable Halloween frame the minute I saw her beautiful roses on it! Love your little black feather tree ~ where did you find the teensy glitter work ornies for it? The Halloween fabric on your table is adorable. I also love the tiered black cake stands. Yummy looking cupcakes, too! You can really do a party up right!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Kathleen from Yesteryear Embroideries said...

What a wonderful tea party! Your porch is so festive and inviting!You have the knack for decorating girl!Have a great weekend, blessings, Kathleen

vickie said...

Shirl, everything is just beautiful,as always! The chicken pulling the wagon is pretty cute!
Love all your displays.

Shirl said...

Thank you for all your sweet comments.
Garage sale gal, thank you and yes Judith Kirby did a Victorian house for every holiday, even the 4th of July. You can probably find her charts on ebay.
Melony thank you so much, you made my day. I'm trying to make my garden look like and English Cottage garden.
Thank you so much Steph, the ornies and black cake stand are from Gooseberry Patch, the feather tree is from Hallmark, this year, the table cloth is a Mary Englebreit fabric from about 10 years ago.
Blessings, Shirl

Joanne Kennedy said...

What darling decorations you have. I love that cross stitch you did. So sweet.

I'm so sorry. I had emailed you but I guess you didn't get it.

My brother LOVED the bibs you made. I met him at a resturant and he put one on right there. It was great! Then I talked to him on the phone and he said he wears one every time he eats. It's saved him getting dirty shirts every time he eats.

He said to tell you thank you from the bottom of his heart.

In fact (he didn't want me to tell you) but he cried when I gave them to him and told him about you. He was so touched that someone he had never met took such time and care to make them for him.

You have no idea how much your hard work meant to him and to ME.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Big hugs,

Nikki via The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

Ooo, how festive! I esp. love the black dessert stand.
Cute cross stitch. I love candy corn too, esp. with peanuts!

I have to wonder where you store all of your awesome seasonal goodies!

Shirl said...

Thank you so much Joanne, I was happy to do that for your brother! Thank you for the donation of fabric. I made clothing protector for the vetrans hospital with it. I will be updating the SOL blog with pics soon.

Hi Nikki, thank you, I've never had candy corn with peanuts. I'll have to check that out. I've been collecting plastic tubs for my decorations. As you can see I have alot of stuff to store! LOL
Blessings, Shirl