I have taken part in and raised money at charity events in the past, usually things like the Race for Life and Sport Relief mile, but the idea of serving tea AND raising money for charity is like a dream come true!! This year I have raised over £400 for charities so far.
In March, I organised a charity tea party for the Eve Appeal’s ‘Make Time for Tea’. I booked a room at our local library and roped in friends and family to bake cakes and help out on the day. Jeannie’s Cake Crumbs
made a fantastic Easter/Spring cake for a raffle prize and the lovely Sara from Sara’s Kitchen
made some delicous treats and helped out too! We set up the room with bunting and tables with gypsophila and lots of cake and tea and had some forties music playing in the background!! We raised £362 in a few hours!
Plates stacked up!
Amazing Easter Cake by Jeannie's Cake Crumbs as our raffle prize
Make Time For Tea poster
All my baking!
Lovely friends helping out
Tea/Coffee £1.00 20p refill
Cakes and scones!
My little sign!
Matthew outside the library with our bunting up!
My letter to The Eve Appeal
Also in March I served tea at the delectable Fashion Ration! This event was organised by the lovely Katie, who was our Alice model from the photoshoot, and her friend Alex. They had chosen the most amazing venue for the event – The Stephenson Works in Newcastle. Bare brick walls in a large open space was the atmospheric location for this forties-inspired event. As I walked in with my box of teacups, a forties singer was starting up which just added to the ambience. The evening was an amazing vintage-y success, with a fashion show, numerous vintage-inspired stalls, including the lovely What Katy Did Next! And, despite there being a bar in situ, it turned out that a good old cup of tea was very well received! All for a good cause, The Cyrenians.
My stall at The Fashion Ration
Also serving Earl Grey, Fruit Teas, Decaf Coffee
The lovely Katy
In my element serving tea!
The amazing building!
Drawing the raffle!
In April, I organised a more low-key charity tea party at our house with friends and family. This time it was a ‘Big Chocolate Tea Party’ for the Sick Children’s trust. Lots of chocolate treats on offer and of course lots of tea and we raised £65!
Little flags for the cakes and sandwiches
Must-have pink lemonade!
table of goodies
Millionaire's Shortbread à la Daisy Cupcakes
I am looking to arrange another tea party at our library and I am going to help my mother-in-law Mavis to organise a ‘Blooming great tea party’ for Marie Curie over the summer.
It doesn’t take much to organise a charity tea party and it certainly puts a smile on people’s faces!
Bis bald xx
The Eve Appeal ‘Make Time for Tea’: http://www.eveappeal.org.uk/media-centre/make-time-for-tea/
Jeannie’s Cake Crumbs: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=650001395#!/pages/Jeannies-Cake-Crumbs/187243351366091
Sara’s Kitchen: http://www.saraskitchen.co.uk/MainFrame.htm
What Katy Did Next: http://what-katy-did-next.co.uk/
The Sick Children’s Trust: http://www.sickchildrenstrust.org/#bigchocolateteaparty/
Mavis Glover’s blog: http://www.mavisglover.blogspot.co.uk/
Marie Curie’s ‘Blooming Great Tea Party’: http://www.mariecurie.org.uk/teaparty