Monday, September 9, 2019

Mrs. Maisel's Marvelous Spring Picnic

SAVE THE DATE for a fabulous '50s potluck picnic in the park

Saturday, 16 May 2020
at El Dorado Park, Long Beach CA
{by the Duck Pond & Fountains, off Studebaker between Los Arcos & E. Willow St.}

Midge Maisel is helping organize a potluck picnic as a fundraiser for the Whimsicalidocious Arts nonprofit 
to ensure up-and-comers like her get a leg-up in their chosen artistic profession

What to expect:
A 1950s potluck spread
(Your hostess is bringing a Sandwich Loaf, mini Jello Molds, Tuna Casserole bites, and Chocolate Chiffon Cake!)
Lemonade & Iced Tea (served in plastic cups. If you'd like to drink from glass, please BYO) 
Disposable dishware provided (BYO dining ware if you prefer the real thing)
Games galore!
Hula Hoop contest, Twist-off, Name that Tune, Limbo, Bubble-gum blowing contest, 1950s trivia, Bingo, and more

What to bring:
Beach chair &/or blanket (We'll be in a park with limited benches)
Food to share if you're choosing the potluck option (see participation options below)
A joke to tell, at Midge's request
1950s toys & games if you so desire

$19.58 = standard donation + please bring an era-appropriate potluck dish to share with 8 guests
(This price good for reservations made before 12-31-19; $24.58 thereafter)
$29.75 = standard donation + leave the cooking to someone else and just show up!
(This price good for reservations made before 12-31-19; $34.75 thereafter)

1950s apparel heartily encouraged

Options through Dec 31, 2019

Refunds? 'Fraid not, as the event is a fundraiser with proceeds benefiting Whimsicalidocious' 2020 scholarship recipients (including an author, a filmmaker, a fine artist, a textiler, and hopefully a composer). If you're unable to attend, feel free to give your spot to a friend.

$19.58 of your donation is tax-deductible. (Whimsicalidocious is a 501(c)(3) Fed Id #81-5396395 operating under the corporate filing name Whimsicalitea.

Note: Your transaction # on your receipt from Paypal is your proof of purchase and comprises your ticket. If you are contributing to the feast, we will contact you regarding your intended dish of choice via the email associated with your Paypal account, so if there is a different email address you prefer, do please let us know. 3rd party tickets (or those purchased outside of our site) will not be honored.

Suffrage Sisters Ralley & Tea


Saturday, 25 July 2020
location TBD

Join Rebel Black, the charismatic & enigmatic suffragist chronicled in The Tea Cozy Mysteries at a morning tea in celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment

Details to be posted 31 January 2020

A Dark & Macabre Unhappy Hour

Celebrate the morbid and macabre at a most unhappy hour get-together
Saturday, 3 October 2020

We shall dine in the room of which the Cauldron Pub writes: "The haunted library of an Edwardian manor lays hidden behind floor to ceiling bookshelves. A secret passage leads to a secluded dining room for private affairs."

$39.50 includes soup or salad, 'main' dish, decadent dessert, party favor + dark & deadly trivia game covering: Edward Gorey, Edgar Allan Poe, the Addams Family, the Munsters, Elvira, the Dark Arts and so on. Please do dress in your favorite ensemble that pays homage to the forgoing.

Reservation button to be posted 1 April 2020

Friday, August 30, 2019

No Scone Left Unturned - Penelope's swan song

Bid a fond farewell to Penelope and Zara as their 5-book story wraps up with NO SCONE LEFT UNTURNED. Expect history and mystery with visits to Hearst Castle and the Huntington Library, yachts, speakeasies, and possibly even nuptials!

Sunday, 3 November 2019

$64.95 for card-carrying Tea & Sympathy Investigative Agency agents
$67.45 for non-agents  
Includes themed afternoon tea, paperback book ($16 value), activities, party favors, tax & gratuity

Look forward to gifts for readers of the previous books in the series, as well as for those joining the Tea Travellers Societea for our Last Stop ~ Pacific Grove, a walk-in-the-footsteps train trip 
to Northern California in January 2020, sponsored by Paris In A Cup. 

Ring Paris In A Cup directly for reservations. (714) 538-9411

Plenty Dreadful - a bone-chilling interactive Victorian whodunnit

Join Tea Travellers & Paris In A Cup at the intersection of Ripper Street & Penny Dreadful Lane
for an evening of white-knuckle Whitechapel mystery where anyone may be next!

Plenty Dreadful 
a bone-chilling interactive Victorian whodunnit
Saturday, 12 October 2019

Someone’s killing off the muckety-mucks who go slumming in London’s seedy underbelly, and the Whitechapel Paupers Asylum for the Criminally Lunatic & Habitually Inebriated has been overrun. Could the two be connected?

Costumes encouraged ~ Roles may be claimed prior to event
by writing to JS Devivre, Mystress of Mystery at

$82.75 includes themed dinner, complimentary libations, tax, gratuity, and emceed audience-driven mystery.
Ring Paris In A Cup for reservations: (714) 538-9411
All sales are final. No refunds, but seats are transferable if you're unable to attend.

PROPER FOLK: Asylum Administrator, Opium Den owner, Fortune teller, Brothel Madam,    Public House owner, English Royalty, Poet, Scotland Yard Inspector
ASYLUM INMATES: Dracula, Frankenstein’s abomination, Saucy Jack (a liquor-loving tailor). Dr. Jekyll, Possessed Priest, Whitechapel Vigilante, Writer (of the character that will one day be the world's most famous detective)

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Tea Meetup at Morning Lavender

Saturday, 24 August, 2019 at 10am
Morning Lavender
Tustin, CA

Join us for Morning Tea at Morning Lavender
$47.80 includes afternoon tea, tax, gratuity (& ye ole Paypal fees)

RSVP is confirmed once payment is received. No refunds after 10 August, but if you're unable to attend, you may give your reservation to a friend xo

Monday, April 22, 2019

Tea Meetup at Sherman Gardens, CdM

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 2:30pm
Sherman Gardens & Library
Corona del Mar, CA

Tea in the garden, what could be lovelier
$46.25 includes afternoon tea, tax, gratuity & admission to the gardens

RSVP is confirmed once payment is received. No refunds after June 26, but if you're unable to attend, you may give your reservation to a friend xo

Tea meetup at Neiman Marcus, Newport Beach

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 2pm
Neiman Marcus
Fashion Island, Newport Beach

I'm taking myself to tea at NM to celebrate completion of the first draft of NO SCONE LEFT UNTURNED, the 5th & final book in the Tea Cozy Mysteries series. Looking forward to hobnobbing with those in our community without putting on a talk or program :)

$61 includes full tea service, tax, gratuity, Paypal fees, the works!

No refunds after May 22, but if you're unable to attend, you may give your reservation to a friend xo

Friday, April 12, 2019

Lucky 13

There are just 13 spots left for our MAD ABOOT MURDOCH event on Sept 7. Join us for a day of ghosts and tea, taking the train from Orange to San Diego

Friday, February 15, 2019

All Roads Lead to Downton


Take a trip down Memory Lane as we revisit the Granthams to celebrate the Downton Abbey movie. 

Sunday, 22 September 2019
at 2pm (time changed on 28 June 2019)

Pamela's Tea Room, Garden Grove

$52.75 includes specialty tea service created just for the occasion, Downton trivia & activities, door prizes, and themed tea party favor. This is our early bird rate and will go up by $2.50 on April 1. Please include names of all members of your group when you send in your payment.
Upstairs/downstairs apparel welcome and encouraged.

Reservations refundable up until 8 September. Thereafter, if you are unable to attend, you may give your spot to a friend. Your Paypal payment receipt serves as confirmation of your reservation. There are no 'tickets'.

Mad Aboot Murdoch


Unbeknownst to most (including the artful detective himself) William Murdoch made a sojourn to Southern California at the turn of the century to solve a multi-city mystery involving some pesky ghosts. Unfortunately, he was called back home to Toronto before he had a chance to get to the bottom of the situation.

The cold case has come to the attention of the Tea & Sympathy Investigative Agency who intend to finish what Detective Murdoch started, by reopening the case that will take us from old towne Orange to Heritage Square San Diego.

A Ghost of a Chance - Murdoch's Unsolved California Mystery.

Saturday, 7 September 2019

You may join us for the whole day or half as fits your schedule. Our itinerary is as follows:

  • 9:30m - Quiche brunch tea at Paris In A Cup, old town Orange, CA. Here we will set the scene for all that follows
  • 11:00am - Spectral walking tour of Orange (1 hour)
  • 12:30pm - Train to San Diego with sleuthing onboard 
  • 3:30pm - Afternoon tea at the Coral Tree in Heritage Square
  • 6:30pm - Return train to OC
  • 9pm - Farewell & kudos on a job well done
  • Orange County activity only (mystery brunch & ghost walk) = $57.50 for card-carrying TSIA agents, $60 for non-agents
  • Full day (includes the above + round-trip train, onboard sleuthing, afternoon tea) = $174.75 for card-carrying TSIA agents$177.25 for non-agents
  • Full-day folks, please bring $5 ($2.50 x 2) for bus trips to/from Metrolink & Amtrak
Please include names of all members of your group when you send in your payment.

All sales are final. As such, there are no refunds, but if you are unable to attend, you may transfer your reservation. Transfer of train reservations must be done at least 10 days in advance.

[updated 1 May 2019]

Monday, January 7, 2019

Meow - A Cat Burglar's Tail mystery tea at Hello Kitty Cafe

Join the Tea & Sympathy Investigative Agency 
to solve a cold case over a hot cuppa

MEOW - a Cat Burglar's Tail
 mystery game & tea
at the new Hello Kitty Cafe in Irvine
Saturday, March 9 
at 10am

includes mystery game, tea service, tax & gratuity. 
If you are purchasing the mystery gift, it will have a CAT THEME in keeping with our mystery (not a Hello Kitty theme)

FRESH FRUIT - local strawberries, fresh whipped cream

SAVORY - cucumber, dill cream cheese, milk bread creamy egg salad, savory cone, paprika smoked salmon, pretzel croissant, dill cream cheese mozzarella, vine tomatoes, pesto, tart shell

SWEETS - buttermilk scone with accoutrement, mini cupcake, hello kitty mini cake, raspberry macaron, chocolate chocolate cake


$85 {discounted} for TSIA Agent
$87.50 for NON-Agent
add $15 for 3-item cat-themed mystery box