How to Revamp Classic Goth Traditions
With The Craft
Gothic Tea Party
Gothic Tea Party Planning
Once you've decided on throwing a party of any sort for any occasion, a guest list is the first thing to keep in mind while choosing theme concepts for the special occasion.
As Gothic girls most of us prefer parlors quaintly filled with few guests, it's much more soothing to the misanthropic soul as most of us being energy sensitive don't enjoy having our sacred circles polluted with too much or the wrong kind of energy we often choose small tea party celebrations to ease the anti-social out of their introverted and at times dark depressive shells.
For formal Gothic Tea Parties or parties taking place at least 2 months or more in the future, it's customary to purchase or make your own formal and/or handmade invitations to send them to each of your guests by mail, however for those of us Goth Girls of the future, we usually use E-vites on social media networks and find it's much easier to stay informed until party time, with busy schedules and last minute changes that often come as side effects to modern living.
Choosing a Theme
With Gothic Tea Parties being one of the Classic Goth's most cherished past times, it's easy to see once you've been in the scene for a while how the usual approach can be predictable or dare I say it drab! Revamp your Gothic Tea Party approach by first choosing a theme to truly bring together every element of your party plans and creative ideas.
The Craft Gothic Tea Party
After months of discussing having a tea party with a dear friend of mine, we were obviously bored with the normal concept and decided to branch out, previously we've had Alice & Wonderland Themed Tea Parties Where my dear friend Krystal dawned the part of Alice and I was her Host The Mad Hatter. As we wanted something a bit more mystical as she just received an Oracle Reading from Psychic Bella for her birthday this year, she had the innovative idea of combining magick and Gothic lifestyle to arrive at the mutually agreed upon The Craft Gothic Tea Party, which we were both mutually excited about.
Gothic Ambiance & Activities
As I've mentioned this is The Craft Gothic Tea Party so obviously we're playing the infamous and cult classic film of the 90's! From low lighting, spooky decor and of course additional Gothic Music to dress the ether when the film is over, is very much required and recommended to soothe guests into loosing time and space while endlessly enjoying themselves in this quaint, delicious new world we're sharing for this special Gothic tea party occasion.
If your house is already mystical and spooky then you have nothing to worry about, if you want to invest in decadent tea party essentials that you can re-use time and time again, I suggest searching thrift stores and party supplies locations and if you find those two avenues are bust! as they often are, I recommend Etsy and unique sites like Thinkgeek.com for specialty items that are very hard to find and usually much more expensive elsewhere.
When it comes to theme parties, choosing a character is the best way to go when selecting wardrobe attire, Sarah is my favorite character in the film The Craft from her very similar path to the craft, and modern magickal practices, to her very innate natural witch abilities that have given me the nickname Psychic Bella & The Oracle by dear friends and clients worldwide, I found still images from the film on google and bing, and went with Sarah's most infamous and classic 90's goth look in the film, here's my goth theme party wardrobe experiments below. I couldn't resist recreating some classic The Craft scenes with the mirror ode, remember when Sara's mirror self moves at a different time than her physical self?! Pretty creepy, pretty awesome! my lovely and beautiful guest arrived as Bonnie, since we've met I've told her she's had a Neve Cambell look and so we've always looked forward to fun times exploiting it!
It's always nice to peruse through this seasons edition of Gothic Beauty Magazine, the quarterly released magazine still captures any dark fashion lover's eyes with whimsical and sensual wardrobe, endless reviews of books, music and concert experiences as well as pages filled with endless long lasting companies and brands in the underworld as well as those new aspiring artists that are just now releasing their latest creations. There's Shopping Guides & Do-It-Yourself projects for any goth girl or boy to enjoy, makes a great addition when gossip and tea time has arrived, while films are on but rarely watched as tea party fun begins, it's a wonderful way to keep your guests entertained if they desire a few moments of silence within their dark ivy clad inner temple.
Past Life Oracle Reading with Psychic Bella
Nothing makes a Gothic Tea Party quite like an Oracle Reading, usually dark misanthrope's are incredibly skilled at Tarot Readings, and Psychic Bella is definitely no stranger to the mysterious decks of divination, however for my guest and friends birthday I gave her this reading in gift certificate form for her to book the appointment whenever she chooses, she chose the tea party day! It was a wonderful addition to pull out my favorite deck of Oracle Cards The Phoenix Cards, and reveal to my dear friend 7 of her most influential past lives. She was incredibly impressed with such insight, so many things surfaced from the past life memory bank, and I do look forward to having her over for more past life regression work as well as future psychic development classes as she's an incredibly gifted empath and psychic in training.
Tea & Sweets
Tea Strainer for Loose Leaf Tea
Teacups & Saucers
Tea & Sweets
Loose Leaf Tea
Sweets & Savories
When searching for a tea pot it's always difficult to find that perfect one, I personally stumbled upon her at a thrift store a few months ago, a beautiful silver antique teapot, she was so elegantly designed that she recently broke! Not a happy Goth girl the day that broke, but fortunately it can be easily fixed and a true tea lover always has a backup, so the TARDIS made a special appearance and as myself and my guest are both Whovians, it was a nice reminder of our mutual passion and interest in the longest running science fiction show in history.
Teacups, Saucers, Serving Trays & Serving Ware
I've found that tea cups and saucers, serving trays and serving ware find they're way into your life in two manners, through family heirlooms and hand-me-downs, or through adventurous treasure hunts with great success in thrift stores! Never ignore the magic of searching for your hearts desire in the last place you'd ever thought you find it, to find exactly what you've always dreamed of, or better! It's a great way to live life too by the way, but that's another story for another time.
If your sipping tea with bagged options than don't bother with this section, however if you desire the most elegant, rich, delicious and rejuvenating cup of tea you've ever had in your life, invest in this as an accessory and explore the endlessly healing and delicious world of loose leaf tea!
Loose Leaf Tea
Loose Leaf Tea was on the menu, it's always the most potent, and I've found freshly harvested forms of tea, the best forms of medicinal qualities in food, herbs and tea's comes from the fact that it's as pure and untainted as possible. I found myself wandering through Tower District to the infamous Teazer's World Tea Market, I was in the mood for something incredibly sumptuous, fruity and with intense healing properties, after consulting the very informed tea server, I was advised that the perfect selection would be Blue Mango Loose Leaf Green Tea. It was incredibly potent and deliciously fruity, the endless mango flavor combined with the cleansing detox of green tea was the perfect way to enjoy the tea party. In addition to the delicious tea I found, my guest brought Buddhas Blend with additional Dried Lavender to mix into the most heavenly and relaxing chai tea I've ever had, it was very much needed after an anxiety induced week.
With tea kettle boil water, once it's singing put tea in reusable cloth tea bag, or metal strainer and place into each tea cup separately, you'll need a tea strainer for each cup of tea and more for additional flavors of tea being served. After the tea has steeped for at least 2-5 minutes, add cream, sugar and/or honey, and lemon if you enjoy that flavor in addition to your tea selection.
Changing Tea Flavors?
Prepare the strainers with new servings of loose leaf tea, put on a kettle and boil and steep brand new cups with brand new flavors.
Not only delicious and available in your local stores from health food to grocery, this amazing healing honey is allergy medicine! It's been proven that eating the honey of your local area boosts the immune system and allows your body to fight off the pollen located near you that causes us so many woes when the seasons change, it's deliciously rich and right from your own back yard, support local agriculture by purchasing local honey and throw out your allegra and claritin today!
If your guest is more of a sugar addict, than bust out the pretty sugar cubes to adorn that loose leaf tea with something sweet, if your really interested in debuting something unique you can decorate them with iced frosting found in your local baking aisle for a delicious and decorative tea accessory.
From Milk, to Dried Creamer, to my chosen accessory for the perfect vegan tea, Almond milk, be sure to have the perfect creamer pouring piece in your tea set, and keep it in the refrigerator until tea is served.
Sweets & Savories
With tea parties the food options are endless, from tea sandwiches, vegetable dips and rustic bread it all depends and varies depending on your tea selection, always choose something that compliments the flavors being served, clashing only makes it harder to enjoy your sweets or tea and nobody enjoys that chaos at a supposedly relaxing tea party. I served mixed nuts and Dried Organic Pluot's & Dried Organic Peaches, Sulpher Free! for those with breathing disorders, at the local farmer's market, one of my favorite's to be precises Vineyard Farmer's Market has been a historical landmark for local growers and culinary adventurists since before I was born, for ages I visited every week with my grandmother and now that she no longer lives nearby I've vowed to visit with my love, my friends, family and on my own adventures from time to time, I always find the most delicious food, prepared dishes, jams, organic vegetables and fruits as far as the eye can see. They also have food vendors, endless trucks that offer the most delicious and even vegan meals for those of us that require such standards for our body, mind and inner temple. I found that serving Fig Newtons was a great addition to the mixed nuts and dried fruits, they're sweet, healthy and incredibly rich, perfect for tea time.
It's Gothic Tea Party Time!
Looking forward to seeing you at my Next Gothic Tea Party,
Bella "Sarah: The Natural Witch" BloodLust