Pumpkin Tea Set

A few years ago, my hubby carved a very impressive Yoda themed pumpkin about a week before Halloween. We set it outside on our porch, and two days later the pumpkin had become a festering mess, aged from the heat and warmth of California sunshine. I know better than to carve my pumpkins too early now, so I carved my bright orange beauties on the brink of Halloween this year. I collected 1 small pie pumpkin and 2 Wee Bee pumpkins from my random visits to the market over the last few weeks, and now it was time for them to meet their fate.

What did I carve from my pumpkins? Well, I carved them into a tea set for two of course! The tea set is complete with a regular sized teapot and 2 sturdy teacups, just in time for a mid-autumn Pumpkin Chai Latte break!

Although you could serve any fall tea in this cheery pumpkin teapot, a Pumpkin Chai Latte is definitely the way to go. I must say, I’m in love with my Pumpkin Chai Latte recipe…it’s smooth, creamy, and has just the perfect spicy kick to it. My secret ingredient is freshly and finely ground black pepper, which makes it over-the-top delicious.

The best part about using a pie pumpkin to make a pumpkin teapot is that you can later use the teapot to make pie! Using a smaller variety of pumpkin will also allow for easy pouring when tea time comes along. In fact, don’t use a larger pumpkin for this project. The perfect teapot pumpkin has an even base, doesn’t have any soft spots, and doesn’t weigh more than 2 1/2 pounds. And with that I’d like you wish you a very Happy Halloween this year! If you are too busy passing out candy and don’t have time for the tea set, do yourself a favor and at least make the Pumpkin Chai Latte. Nothing could taste better on a crisp fall day!

I’ve decided to take my Pumpkin Tea Set and Chai Lattes over to celebrate Fiesta Friday this week..meet me there!

Pumpkin Chai Latte

Serves 2 with refills. 

Ingredients:

2 cups strongly brewed chai, preferably loose leaf ( I used a ratio of 1 cup water to 1 Tbsp chai)

2 cups vanilla almond milk

1/2 cup pumpkin purée

1/4 cup honey or to taste

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp finely ground black pepper

1/8 tsp ground cloves

1/8 tsp ground ginger

pinch salt

Directions:

1.)  Combine all the ingredients in a pot, bring to just under a boil, and serve!

Pumpkin Tea Set

What You’ll Need:

1 pie pumpkin, just under 2 1/2 pounds

2 Wee Bee pumpkins

wine pourer

12 gauge black aluminum wire (you can find this in the jewelry section of the craft store)

decorative beads, enough to cover the length of handle (make sure the wire will fit through them)

tea strainer

pumpkin carver or serrated knife

pliers

wrench

spoon

pen

ruler

scissors

Step-by-Step:

1.)  Gather the goods.

2.)  Use a pen to outline the diameter of the mesh strainer on the top, center of each pumpkin

3.)  Cut the caps off of the teacups/Wee Bee pumpkins and the large pumpkin.

4.)  Dig out the seeds and string.

5.)  Spoon all the seeds and string out of the teapot and teacups before proceeding with making the teapot.

6.)  Make the teapot by marking a dot 1″ from the inner cut edge on the pumpkin. Repeat this again on the other opposite side of the cut opening. Measure out a 2-foot piece of the wire and cut it with scissors.

7.)  Use the screwdriver to make a hole where the ink dots are marked.

8.)  Wrap one end of the wire in the hole once…

9.)  Then wrap the wire over a second time…

10.)  This is the time to loop all the beads through (not pictured). When you’ve looped the wire with beads to a reasonable length of your liking, it’s time to seal off the handle and cut off any excess wire. Again, mark a hole on the opposite side of the teapot opening, use the screwdriver to penetrate through the marked hole, then make a double wire loop to create a finished teapot handle.

10.  Make the spout by creating a hole to fit the narrow end of the wine pourer. Angle the spout at a 60 degree angle from the base (i.e. the tip of the pourer points upwards). Make the hole slightly narrow so that the wine pourer will fit in snugly and not leak.

11.)  Push the narrow end of the wine pourer into the hole until it fits in very snug…the teapot is complete!

 

67 thoughts on “Pumpkin Tea Set

  1. This is delicious & yummy – .”Just like big piles of pumpkins at roadside stands and perfectly baked pumpkin pies on kitchen tables, Sweet Harvest Pumpkin™ Holiday Black Tea in tea cups everywhere is a sure sign that the holidays are near.

    Next is your TV Show? I will play the music melodies!

    • Happy belated Halloween to you too Steph! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog so that I could find yours. I’m very much looking forward to your future posts as well! 🙂

  2. Bonnie! How I wish I’d seen this a few days before because I am so NOT going to makes this today but I must must must make it in the future. It is amazing! So creative, I really think Martha Stewart and Gwyneth Paltrow (at least) should know about this!!! Seriously Bonnie I really do think this is a unique creation you’ve come up with. I can’t wait to try myself!

  3. This is just the most unusual use of pumpkins I’ve seen in quite some time. Pumpkin chai? Sounds awesome, and the picture tutorial is just fabulous! How clever, how creative!

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  5. Whoa!!! What a very creative idea. I would love to have some, please. (And this reminds me that I need to make my teat now.) Thanks for sharing this and happy FF!

    • Thank you so much Chef Julianna! I just saw your post for Pumpkin Empanadas and they look absolutely incredible. You could roast off the pumpkin after having tea and make it into the empanada filling…wouldn’t that be neat!? 🙂

  6. i meant to comment last week while on vacation, because THIS IS SO SO GENIUS AND CREATIVE. what a novel idea and i can just imagine tea parties with this set.

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    • Hi Katya! Well covered in plastic wrap, they’ll easily last 1-2 days in the fridge. They can easily be prepared the day before using. I would suggest double checking the status of the pumpkin flesh around the spout just before tea time to make sure there aren’t any leaks…hope this helps, and thank you so much! 🙂

    • Hahaha…I love that you described it as “mental.” I would definitely agree, and I’d like to extend a sincere thank you to you! So glad to find your blog as well…looking forward to your future posts. Happy Wednesday! 😉

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