Getting ready for my Blooming Great Tea Party!

It's nearly time for my Blooming Great Tea Party and I am beyond excited! The guests have been invited, the raffle prizes have been organised, and so now it's time to think about the food!

For my tea party it is all about baking and my Official Blooming Great Tea Party sour cream banoffee cake will be taking centre stage of course. As I'm expecting a fair few guests, I'm baking a fair few treats too! It's important for there to be a wide variety of different types of baked goods and different flavours, so I will also be whipping up my mint chocolate chip cookies and my butterscotch mini muffins.

Last year's buttermilk crumb cake with cream cheese crizzle is a firm favourite of mine and will be making a reappearance this year and I've just created cookie dough cheesecake slices on my blog, so I'll be making those too.

I always like to have a no-bake recipe when I make a tea party, as you can make these in advance.  They also keep for ages and, of course, they're absolutely delicious! So I'll be making my easy peasy rocky road.

And finally, for me, no party is complete without my ITV Lorraine Cake Club-winning chocolate and banana cake with peanut butter frosting, which I'll be baking as cupcakes (just reduce the baking time to 20 minutes).

All of the baked goods will be accompanied by little handmade cake signs, explaining what they are and these are especially good if you have an allergen (such as the peanut butter). I will also have some bowls of crisps and popcorn and also some fruit, as well as fruit juices and pots of English breakfast tea and peppermint tea of course! My husband's late grandma's vintage tea set will once again be used for the tea party – tea always tastes better drunk from a china cup, doesn't it?

Most importantly, though, I will make sure that I have donation boxes on my tea table and I look forward to raising lots of money for Marie Curie!

Wishing you the best of luck for your own Blooming Great Tea Party and don't forget to share pictures!