Final preparations for tea party time!

by Suzy Pelta Tea Party Queen

Suzy's latest recipe - Nature Valley Crunchy Fudge Cookies

My Blooming Great Tea Party is nearly here and I’m so excited. What's not to like about the opportunity to get together with friends and family, eat cake and raise money for the incredible work that Marie Curie does? This week I am trying to be as organised as possible. I am going to be running around picking up very kindly donated raffle prizes and shopping for all of my supplies. Obviously baking is something I love to do, but if baking is not your forte there is absolutely nothing wrong with buying in your tea party treats, getting friends to bake for you or even using one of my baking kits! In fact, you can win Bake With Suzy baking kits   this week. Just follow Marie Curie on Twitter for more details. Good luck! I like to make little signs so everyone knows what all the lovely bakes are, so I will make these tomorrow. I will once again be using my grandmother-in-law's vintage tea sets for the party, so mustn't forget to get them out and give them a wash. I also need to make the bunting from my Marie Curie Blooming Great Tea Party pack - I'll definitely do that with the kids! I will be having some stalls at my party selling adult's clothes, children's clothes, jewellery and beauty products, so Thursday will involve lots of rearranging of furniture and setting up for everyone. It's important that I make as much room for people as possible. But, of course, the most important thing to do this week is organise the food! Simple treats like strawberries dipped in melted chocolate, frozen apple juice ice cubes to pop in to cold drinks (here's hoping the weather stays beautiful) and sliced bananas coated in yoghurt and then frozen, are all delicious possibilities for your tea party! You can also use ready-made products in your recipes, such as biscuits sandwiched together with chocolate spread or lemon curd, or pretzels drizzled with chocolate.