Today is the 78th year anniversary of the film, The Wizard of Oz. Since its release on August 25, 1939, The Wizard of Oz has been viewed by more people than any other movie. Nominated for the Best Picture Oscar in 1940, it got edged out by Gone with the wind in one of the toughest Best Picture races in Oscar history!
Last weekend, Lady MH hosted her Over the Rainbow Tea for the Victorian Tea Society’s summer tea, paying tribute to this beloved film based on the book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)!
A motley cast of characters (Dorothy, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Wicked Witch Elphaba, a munchkin, Glinda the Good Witch, and the Mayor of Munchkin City) arrived to find Lady MH’s humble abode transformed into the magical Land of Oz! She left no detail unturned.
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Poppy fields …
Poppy fields …
Oz sign post (photo by Lady J.)
Follow the yellow brick road
Guests were not allowed into the Emerald City if they did not yell “Ding Dong!”
Are you a good witch …
… or a bad witch?
Lady J. pointed out that there is a real Land of Oz in Valley Center, CA with streets called Emerald City Dr., The Yellow Brick Road, Dorothy Lane, and Wizard Way! There is even a Camino de Oro (Golden road). No … Lady MH does not live here!
“Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”
Larger than life whimsical flora
Ding Dong! The witch is dead!
Larger than life whimsical flora
Pay no attention to the [wo]man behind the curtain!
Emerald City centerpiece
Menu (click to enlarge)
Film collage and favorite quotations (click to enlarge)
Emerald City green salad by Lady K
“It’s a twister! It’s a twister!”
Mini twister chicken salad sandwiches by Lady MH (like the tornado stuffed croissants?)
Wicked cucumber sand-witches by Lady SL
Follow the yellow brick road …
Yellow brick road egg salad sandwiches by Lady MH
Yellow brick butter pats
Follow the yellow “brick” roses to the Emerald City
“Oh, dear! Oh, dear!” cried Dorothy, clasping her hands together in dismay. “The house must have fallen on her. Whatever shall we do?”
Petite twice baked “house” potatoes by Lady Henni
Petite twice baked “house” potatoes
(From the Kitchen of Lady Henni)
8 petite potatoes
2 Tbsp. cream cheese
1 Tbsp. Parmesan Cheese
1/4 tsp. pepper
Few leaves of kale
Salt, to taste
Bake or boil the potatoes until a fork easily pierces the flesh. Add the kale leaves to the potatoes just until wilted. Drain potatoes and kale.
If the potatoes are small, make a V-cut into the tops of the potatoes and remove the cut potato. If the potatoes are a little big, cut them in half. Using a teaspoon, scoop out the potato to create a “bowl” and reserve to make mashed potatoes.
Season the mashed potatoes with cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, pepper, and salt to taste. Add more cream cheese or water/milk as needed to get desired consistency. Fill the potato “bowls” with the mashed potato using a piping bag or spoon. Reheat or bake at 400 degrees for 20-30 mins. until tops are browned and potato is heated through.
Wizard of Oz mushroom delight by Lady SH
Wizard of Oz mushroom delight
(from the Kitchen of Lady SH)
1 1/2 lbs. white button mushrooms
1 Tbsp. olive oil
4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
1 Tbsp. white miso
Chopped parsley, thyme, and basil
Salt and pepper, to taste
Mix butter, olive oil, and white miso together and toss mushrooms in the mixture until coated. Roast the mushrooms at 425 degrees for 1/2 hr. until the juices run. Garnish mushrooms with the chopped herbs. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately, or at room temperature.
Rainbow fresh fruit cup by Lady J.
Lemon curd, cream, and scones, Oh my!
“There’s no place like home” scones by Lady ML
Lemon curd, cream and jam, Oh my! scone condiments by Lady J.
Strawberry coconut scones by Lady ML
“We must be over the rainbow! Now I … know we’re not in Kansas anymore!”
“Over the rainbow” surprise dessert by Lady KM. I love this complete themed dessert! Follow the yellow brick lemon bar, over the rainbow cake, to the Emerald City cookie.
Lady KM is the talent behind this impressive rainbow jelly roll cake. These bright colors were achieved using gel food coloring or Wilton icing gels that were mixed into separate batches of cake batter.
Photo by Lady K
Afternoon tea charms! Hostess gift from Lady ML
Red slipper yoga socks! Hostess gift from Lady Henni
Thank you Lady MH for hosting an enchanting afternoon! I enjoyed my journey to the Land of Oz with the whole gang and hope our paths cross again very soon … (will there be a sequel?!).
My favorite quotation is (of course) …
Hostess gift from Lady KM
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