Host a tea party with a difference

Suzy Pelta

Blooming Great Tea Parties are so much fun to host and a huge amount of fun to attend! Last week I had the privilege of being invited to attend a Blooming Great Tea Party  , hosted by the Marie Curie London Fundraising Team and held at Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium. This is a cafe in London which is also home to rescue cats.
While we sipped tea and ate delicious cakes, scones and cheeses, our feline friends were kept happy with cat toys, a huge 'hamster-style' wheel, a hammock, scratching post and even a cute little cat house. Added to the fun, the London Fundraising Team decided to theme the event as a Mad Hatter's tea party and we all dressed up as characters from Alice in Wonderland. I was the Queen of Hearts. I had a huge heart tabard to wear, a big floppy heart hat and long red gloves - I loved it! It was so funny sitting in fancy dress in the cafe with cats playing happily beside us. The fabulous Luke Cameron, creator of The Good Deed Diary  , was there supporting us too. The atmosphere was brilliant and I really enjoyed chatting to everyone about the tea party campaign. We ate huge buttery scones generously spread with clotted cream and jam (I say the clotted cream goes first, what about you?) The chocolate Guinness cake was a massive highlight and the peppermint tea was so refreshing. What was so great about the event was what it proved: when it comes to holding a Blooming Great Tea Party, the only two rules are that it must raise money for Marie Curie and it must be fun! You can hold your party in a hall, cafe, village hall or at home. You can have fancy dress with a theme or no theme. You can have cakes, savoury treats or healthy snacks. You can tailor your Blooming Great Tea Party to you and your guests, just as the London Fundraising Team did. Speaking of the London Fundraising Team, I really must mention how wonderful they are. Their passion for Marie Curie was truly evident and they really do want as many people as possible to sign up to host a Blooming Great Tea Party  . If you haven't already signed up, please do - for them, me and of course the many, many people that Marie Curie help. Thank you!