by Janet Blue on June 9, 2020

Tea Party

Stinky was ready for Periwinkle when she came tumbling out of the teleportation tunnel with the usual whoosh. He gave her a huge whisker kiss and paw hug then lead her to the front porch.

It was then Periwinkle noticed Stinky was wearing a bow tie, and she told him how handsome he looked. Blushing, he handed Periwinkle a fashionable hat. After helping her put it on, he led her to an elaborately set table. 

When Periwinkle realized why they wear dressed up and what was happening, she clapped her paws and squealed with delight, “Oh Stinky, a tea party…how fun and grand! I have never been to a tea party.” 



She, however, was surprised to see six cups at the table. But before she could ask Stinky about it, he led Periwinkle to a cushion on the floor. He explained that they would be sitting on the floor like Japanese people, as their guests were not accustomed to sitting in chairs. 

Tea Party Guests

It was then that the other guests arrived. Attendees included Rumi Rabbit, Ginsberg Groundhog, Ralph Waldo Robin and Sandburg Squirrel. Periwinkle had met Rumi, Ginsberg and Sandburg  previously, but not Ralph Waldo. She was really hoping he wasn’t on the tea party menu, though he looked plump and juicy. Sawyer had invited Cummings Chipmunk as well, but he and his friends were at a Chipmunk Convention.



Stinky’s mom was letting them use the fancy tea cups which had belonged to her mom, as well as the tea pot she and Dad Tom and received as a wedding present. The tablecloth had belonged to Stinky’s mom’s grandma. 

Stinky’s dad, having received extensive experience as a waiter during law school, was called upon to serve the group.  

Stinky and Periwinkle were having catnip tea, Temptations and Chick Chick Chicken Dinner Morsels. The others were having sunflower seeds and water.

After everyone was seated, Periwinkle asked, “Stinky, do we do anything special at a tea party, like play games?”

Stinky replied, “I don’t think so. We just chat and sip our tea.”

“What should we chat about?” asked Periwinkle.

Stinky, thought so hard, Periwinkle thought she saw steam coming out of his ears. Finally, he said, “I have no idea.”

Periwinkle replied, “I see our guests are named for different poets. Do you think they know any poems they could recite?”

“I don’t know,” said Stinky. “Let’s ask them.”

Guests Lack Table Manners

But before he could do that, Stinky and Periwinkle noticed their guests were sorely lacking in table manners. While Stinky and Periwinkle had been chatting some of their guests had jumped on the table and were eating all the noms as fast as they could. others were acting surly and rude.



Stinky jumped up and ran to get his dad, who quickly shooed all the guests away. 

“What a disaster! That was not one of my better plans,” confessed Stinky.

Periwinkle took his paw and replied, “Oh, I don’t mind at all. I am happy it is just the two of us.”

With a big smile on his face, Stinky replied, “Me too.”

The two tabbies spent the remainder of the afternoon nibbling what was left of the noms, drinking their tea, holding paws and occasionally chatting. But mostly they stared into each other’s eyes and purred happily.

Finally it was time for Periwinkle to return home. She thanked Stinky and his dad for the party, gave Stinky numerous whisker kisses and huge paw hugs. With tears in their eyes, they said their good-byes. Then Periwinkle was gone in a whoosh, as she held onto her hat so it wold not fly away.

The End



p.s. If you missed the news posted previously, Periwinkle and Stinky are proud to announce that their very first adventure, “Leapin’ Lizards,” received a Certificate of Excellence Award from the Cat Writers’ Association. You can see it on the sidebar.


Meezer'sMews&TerrieristicalWoofs June 10, 2020 at 12:55 am

What a fun tea party!! Silly critters though, to not have any table manners and to be rude also..
Sounds like some peeps of these days…but hopefully things will be learned and changed for the better.

Stinky and Periwinkle sure had a good time:)

Marjorie Dawson June 10, 2020 at 12:14 am

Oh this made me laugh! You are such an adventurous bunch. High Tea? Whatever next?

Ellen Pilch June 9, 2020 at 6:16 pm

That was a fancy party. Kitties are only worthy of something so fancy. XO

The Island Cats June 9, 2020 at 5:20 pm

Those “guests” will never be invited to another tea party!

Kathe W. June 9, 2020 at 5:09 pm

great story and photo illustrating! FUN!

Mary McNeil June 9, 2020 at 3:55 pm

Wow – congrats to Periwinkle and Stinky on their award – and on another fun adventure !

Robin June 9, 2020 at 2:35 pm

Congratulations on the CWA certificate! That is amazing news. It sounded like a great idea to invite all of your friends to the tea party. I’m sorry that it didn’t work out as planned. You had a great looking tea party!

Timmy Tomcat June 9, 2020 at 2:32 pm

I think this was a really great idea but you can never count on guests to have the class of cats. Hee Hee. Stinky we think it was a success as Periwinkle had a good time and we did too. Purrs my friends

da tabbies o trout towne June 9, 2020 at 12:32 pm

periwinkle; we cracked up at thiz ree mark :

She was really hoping he wasn’t on the tea party menu, though he looked plump and juicy.

18 centz anda sack oh friez saiz de burd started de rood ~~~~~~~~~

😉 ♥♥

Brian Frum June 9, 2020 at 11:00 am

Even if they were rude it looks like everyone was having fun!

Eastside Cats June 9, 2020 at 10:29 am

So rude of your guests to be obnoxious, Stinky!
I very much like the hat that you gave Periwinkle.

Sandee June 9, 2020 at 10:16 am

I didn’t think they were going to behave at all. How fun though.

Have a purrfect day. My best to the kitties and your mom. ♥

Periwinkle June 9, 2020 at 9:25 am

I had such a good time at the tea party. I enjoyed meeting you friends but I REALLY liked the time we got to spend together!!!

Paw pats and headbonks,

Teddy June 9, 2020 at 4:47 am

Oh what FUN! A tea party with all kinds of neighborhood guests who ALMOST behaved themselves at the table. Still, even though they eventually had to be shooed away by Waiter/Dad Tom, looks like fun was had by all and Stinky and Periwinkle didn’t mind at all when it was just the two of them left. Fun!!

Hugs, Teddy

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