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A Dramatic Tea Time Your Friends Won’t Forget




Wanted: Hams, Drama Queens, Divas, Social Butterflies and anyone who longs to “Act Out” in a group.

Theme:” Who Killed The Darling Duke of Darjeeling?” … a mystery tea time.

Grab a group of your “gabbiest” girlfriends (6-8 will do) and host a mystery tea party they will be talking about for years to come. Follow this step by step article for a successful event.

Step #1: Order the Instant Down-loadable Kit

Who Killed The Darling Duke of Darjeeling ? is an awesome tea party waiting to happen. You can download the full kit with scrips, characters, recipes and more for only $24.95 You can also order a hard copy mailed to you for $33.30. The kit includes place cards, invitations and nametags as well.

Go to: http://mysteryteaparties.com/darjeeling.htm

Step #2: Choose Your Guests

Think about your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers. Who needs a chance to be someone else for a day? Invite guests that you know will put effort into creating an outrageous costumes and giving an over the top performance.

To present the Who Killed The Darling Duke of Darjeeling you will need 6 to 8 guests to play the following crazy characters:

Rose T. Cups – An obsessed horticulturist convinced that the Duke stole her prize rose

Paris Hall - An avid teapot collector who had shun the Duke’s offer to buy her best pot

Lacey Frills – The sweet, innocent and jilted bride to be!

Fancy FrouFrou- A shockingly glamorous woman with a dark past.

Vicki Torian- The Duke’s executive assistant with a well earned grudge

Lady Tipton- Heiress of the Tipton Tea Fortune

Earlene Grey – A woman driven to a life of poverty at the hand of the Duke

Devon Shire – A Duchess who became a social outcast.

Step #3: Read the Kit and Plan Your Food

You have heard it said “when all else fails read the instructions,” and hosting a mystery tea party is no exception. Start by reading through the entire kit from start to finish. Imagine each character being played by one of your guests.

What will you wear as the hostess? Who do you want to be? Create a character in your mind’s eye. You want to participate in all the fun!

Who Killed The Darling Duke of Darjeeling scripts are divided into three courses. You will need a scone course, a finger sandwich course and a dessert. Here are a few fun suggestions:

Crazy Easy Scones

1 3/4 cup pastry flour

1/4 cup bakers sugar

1/8 tsp. salt

2 tsp baking powder

1 cup heavy cream

Preheat an oven to 375  degrees F

This is my personal (Dawnya) recipe that I have been making with rave reviews for years.  If you don’t have pastry flour use cake flour.  If you don’t have bakers sugar grind regular white sugar until it is very fine.

Mix all the ingredients carefully, turn onto board.  Pat into flat circle about 1/4 inch thick and cut into triangles or use a cookie cutter.  Let rest in the freezer for at least 5 minutes on a baking tray and then pop into a hot oven.

Bake 10 -12 minutes.  Yum.

Delicious Devonshire Cream

(recipe from Who Killed The Darling Duke of Darjeeling? )

8 oz. Cream cheese-softened
3 Tbsp powder sugar
¼ cup sour cream
¼ cup Cool Whip-thawed

Mix all ingredients with electric mixer till fluffy. Refrigerate till serving time.

Fancy’s Finger Sandwiches

(excerpt from Who Killed The Darling Duke of Darjeeling?)

Choose your favorite sandwich fillings (egg salad, tuna salad, chicken salad,etc.) and a variety of breads. Spreading the bread lightly with butter first helps prevent the bread from getting soggy. Trim off crusts and cut into small rectangles, squares or triangles. Small crescent rolls, bagels, or crackers can be spread with cream cheese and other toppings to add variety.

You might want to round out this course with a quiche, salad, or fruit.



Raspberry Trifle

1 box white angel food cake mix
1 1/4 cups cold water
2 cups boiling water
1 box (8-serving size) sugar-free raspberry-flavored gelatin
2 packages (10 oz each) frozen sweetened raspberries, thawed
3 containers (6 oz each) red raspberry yogurt

Move oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 350°F.

In extra-large glass or metal bowl, beat cake mix and cold water on low speed 30 seconds; beat on medium speed 1 minute. Pour into ungreased 10-inch angel food (tube) cake pan. Do not use fluted tube cake pan or 9-inch angel food (tube) cake pan, or batter will overflow.

Bake 37 to 47 minutes or until top is dark golden brown and cracks feel very dry and not sticky. Do not under bake. Immediately turn pan upside down onto glass bottle until cake is completely cool, about 1 hour. Run knife around edges; remove from pan. Tear cake into about 3/4-inch pieces.

Pour boiling water on gelatin in large bowl; stir until gelatin is dissolved. Add raspberries. (If desired, remove several raspberries and reserve for garnish.) Refrigerate gelatin mixture about 15 minutes or until thickened but not set. Layer half each of the cake pieces, gelatin mixture and yogurt in 3-quart glass bowl; repeat. Garnish with reserved raspberries. Refrigerate at least 2 hours until firm. Cover and refrigerate any remaining dessert.


Step #4: Buy The Gift

“And the Oscar goes to….” At the end of your mystery tea your guests will vote on the criminal. Who will the winner be? Whoever your guests vote for as the most convincing “criminal” in your midst.

As hostess you will be expected to award your “criminal” with your own version of the Oscar for “Best Performance In The Part Of A Murderer.”

Here are a few fun ideas:

Plastic Oscar Trophy – “Best Actress In A Mystery Tea Party”


Prisoner Ball and Chain – “For Crimes Committed Against A Duke”


Crime Scene Blanket “X Marks The Spot.”


Of course, a nice teapot, tea selection or gift basket would be appreciated too. But a bit of comedy is always fun and you are sure to have a great time posing for outlandish pictures. (send me one!)



Step #5 Now You Are Ready

If you follow all of these steps you are ready to host a fantastic mystery tea. Be warned! Your guests are going to LOVE this and have so much fun they will beg you for MORE.

Luckily there are more mystery tea party kits available at http://www.MysteryTeaParties.com .

I recommend you peruse their list of kits prior to hosting Who Killed  The Darling Duke of Darjeeling. At the end of your event ask each guest which “theme” they might be interested in for your next round of fun.

Whether it’s a girl’s night out, a reunion, a kids party or a red hat meeting, having a mystery tea party is quick, easy and just a lot of fun!



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How To Raise Money With A Mystery Tea Party




Fundraising and tea time go hand in hand. Do you belong to a club or organization that presents a topic or entertainment each month? If so, why not help your club raise money for your favorite cause with a Mystery Tea Party plan? Raising money is usually unappealing but a Mystery Tea Party is fun and unique. Party themes adapt easily to lunch or dinner and would work whenever your group meets.

Mystery Tea Parties have been used successfully by women’s groups to raise scholorship funds and churches have used them to raise money for missions. If you belong to a book club, doll club, quilting group, P.E.O, sorority, golf team or any other group a tea party fundraiser can be just the ticket to raise money. You can offer fundraisers for just about any cause: libraries, missions, home owner associations or support groups.

Tea Rooms across the nation offer Mystery Tea Parties as special features, and many inns and Bed and Breakfast homes do them as well. I’ts an extra venue they can offer that is different and fun. They lend themselves to these activities because they are so easy to do.

In this article I want to share with you an easy way to put together a fund raiser for your organization. Whether you are passionate about animals, children, elderly or the homeless, this step by step guide will help you raise money for your cause.

Here’s how to earn $500 for your favorite charity in your own home. It’s fun, easy and a great way to give back.

Step #1 Choose A Mystery Tea Party

Visit http://www.MysteryTeaParty.com and find a party kit that excites you. Look for a theme that would work well with the people you know or the area you are in. For instance, which of these ideas would connect with your crowd?

Red Hats? – Then buy “Who Killed The Roving Romeo of the Red Feathered Ladies?”

Girls Night Out? Then buy “Decadent Housewives of Hysteria Lane”

Book Clubs? Then buy “Sherla Combs and the case of the Great Jewel Robberies”

Quilters? Then buy “The Case of the Crazy Quilt Caper”

Travel Club? Then buy “Mayhem on Maui”

Once you have chosen the perfect theme and ordered your kit the fun begins.


Step #2 Ask Your Guests

Call your friends, family and anyone else you know. Tell them you are on a mission to raise $500 for your favorite charity. Explain to them the project you are involved with and how they can help.

Ask if they would be willing to donate $50 toward the charity in exchange for a very special tea party! Ask if they have any friends who would be willing to participate while giving to a great cause. You will be surprised at how quickly you can find 10 guests and gather $500 for your charity of choice.

If your guest can’t donate $50 ask if they would find a few friends to give enough to add up to $50. Challenge them and tell them you know they can do it! (a good challenge can work wonders.)


Step #3 Assign Parts and Get Them Motivated

Send invitations, character descriptions, costume suggestions and rsvp forms to your guests. Be sure to remind them to bring their check made out directly to the charity. Have a basket at the door where they can drop their generous donation. (and don’t forget to mail it off the same day!)


#4 Plan Your Event

Follow the Mystery Tea Party planning kit. It will suggest possible menu selections, costumes and props you may need for the party.

Your friends will be donating directly to your charity drive but YOU will be donating your time, effort and food. Be sure to give it your very best. After all, you want this to be an ongoing fund raiser!


#5 Hostess the Big Day

Follow the directions in your Mystery Tea Party kit and host your event like any other mystery tea party. Be sure to take lots of photos and submit one to the paper when you are done. Include the names of the guests, the amount raised for your charity, why the charity is significant and how people can get ahold of you if they would like to give to the cause.


#6 Say Thanks

After your event has successfully ended, take time to thank your guests with hand written notes. Choose stationary that reflects the Mystery Tea Party theme and include a photo of the big day.


Fund raising has never been so easy! Start now.

Pick your date. This month? Next month? Special holiday?

Pick your charity. Humane Society? Red Cross? Teen Missions?

Pick your mystery tea party. Order online at http://Mysteryteaparties.com

Tea Party Girl asks: Which mystery tea party will you host and for what charity?

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