Monday, November 7, 2016

Antiquing and a Halloween Tea

You would have thought we'd have gotten our fill of antiquing on Saturday in Carlisle, PA, but we learned about Antique Marketplace in Lemoyne, PA with 250 vendors in a 47,000 sq. foot building so, of course, we had to check it out!  Our tea wasn't until 1:00 o'clock so we had two hours to quickly browse the marketplace.

[L-R:  Lori, Me, Joanie, and Linda]

Once again, none of us left empty-handed.  I have a collection of ramekins that I haven't added to in quite sometime, and I found a pretty one that I couldn't pass up.

Like most of my ramekins, this one was also made in Bavaria.

From the antique store we were off to Sweet Remembrances tearoom in Mechanicsburg PA for owner Nancy Reppert's Halloween Tea. This was my fourth time to visit Nancy's tearoom [2005, 2014, 2015 and 2016], and my third tearoom inside a row house [Serenity in Frederick, Maryland, Camellia's Sin in Carlisle, PA. and Sweet Remembrances]. All three are very charming, and reflect their owner's style. Three of our foursome wore Halloween accessories, but Linda was in a full Halloween costume, albeit a very elegant one perfect for tea.

I took a photo of her before we left our hotel room.  She brought her complete collection of Halloween jewelry, enough to outfit all of us!

Below was her cute purse and wrist accessories.  More about that purse later.

~ Lori and me in front of Sweet Remembrances. ~

~ Linda and Joanie ~

The tea was a sell-out and the tearoom was filled.  The lady standing in the witch's hat spotted Linda's adorable pumpkin purse and made an offer to buy it on the spot.  Linda couldn't refuse her $200 offer and sold it!

My place setting.  I have these luncheon sets but have never used them.  I must remedy that!

~ Menu ~

We each had our own teapot and choice of tea.  I loved the Snowflake tea that I had the previous day at Camellia's Sin, so I ordered it again.

~ Cute container for tea sweeteners ~

~  Our Foursome ~

~ Linda and Joanie ~

~ Lori and Me ~

Witches Brew of Caraway and Tomato Soup with a warm and Toasty Ghosty. 

RIP Caskets filled with Almond Chicken Salad; Black Spider Ham Salad Rounds; Don't be a Scaredy Cat Pimento Sandwich; Cyclops' Eye; and Pineapple & Pecan Acorn.

Traditional English Cream Ghost of a Scone and Pumpkin Pecan Scone with Sweet Cream and Lemon Curd, and Poison Apples and Spiced Caramel Dip.

Desserts to Die for!
Gingerbread Ghosts; Pumpkin Patch Cake; and Ghoulish White Chocolate Pretzel

It was a wonderful tea, and everything was delicious.  Kudos to you, Nancy, for a job well done!

[Nancy and Me]

[Linda, Lori, Joanie, Nancy, and Me]

We were introduced to a couple of members of the Royal Tea Club who are planning a trip to Charleston, S.C. and Savannah, GA in April 2017.  Both places are destinations I've wanted to visit, so now our minds are swirling with another road trip of our own.  My research has already begun!

But back to the present... all good things must come to an end, so bright and early Monday morning we traveled back to Michigan marveling at the kaleidoscope of beautiful colors we saw in the trees that lined the mountainsides and roadways.  It was a wonderful four day trip where we made happy memories for many days to come.


  1. What a splendid, whimsical and wonderful tea time!

    And that trip to the south? Seriously, count me in - dream come true to do that with fellow tea lovers. I have never been to Charleston but when I went to Savannah we stayed at a historial hotel that served the a perfect afternoon tea time.....and I even bought a cd from the wonderful pianist there, and play it often when I host teas.

    I'm having a senior moment and forgetting the name of the hotel but could ask my daughter who went with me....she is the sharper version of me these days. : - )

    What a fun Halloween tea - I can't believe someone just happenes to have $200 for a whimsical purse buying moment. Haha. Unbelieveable!

  2. So fun to see see all your fun! What a cute menu at Nancy's tearoom! You need to visit Charleston and Savannah! Both are so special! My last vacation with my daughter was in Savannah. We stayed in a beautiful B&B and they served tea at 4 everyday!

  3. That antique mall sounds like it needs WAY more than 2 hours, but your ramekin is darling. And the Halloween tea looks like so much fun! Your fascinators were the perfect touch. If you come to Charleston and Savannah, please plan to stop in the Atlanta area, too - I'd love to meet you in person and I'm just a couple of hours north of ATL.

  4. It was such fun to revisit the Halloween Tea with your blog post! And extra special to see all my Michigan tea buddies again! Thank you for making your journey to south-central PA and visiting Sweet Remembrances! You certainly have many souvenirs of your visit to our area.

  5. Thank you for sharing your adventures. Nancy's menu looks delicious and fun. We have ovisited Charleston and Savvannah numerous times, and love both places.

  6. What a fun tea trip, especially the Halloween tea at Sweet Remembrances! That must be a Mary Frances purse as they are very unusual and expensive (way out of my league!).

  7. Oh my goodness Phyllis, I had some catching up to do with your tea adventures in PA, by birth state! You all look so cute! What fun you must've had in all the tea rooms. I so enjoy tagging along with you by reading your posts.

  8. You and your friends sure do know how to have a good time, Phyllis! I wish I lived closer so I could join in! 😊

  9. What a spooktacular tea party!


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