Suzy cooks up some fundraising ideas to make her tea party blooming great

by Suzy Pelta Official Blooming Great Tea Party blogger Suzy Pelta, official Blooming Great Tea Party blogger

The sun is finally shining - hooray! Spring is here and there is a bank holiday weekend to enjoy the beautiful weather. We have a lovely weekend planned full of friends, family and food. I will be making tea for another family on Saturday and have already started baking cookies and brownies for us to enjoy. On Sunday we will be having a barbecue and on Monday we are spending the day with family. It is my perfect kind of weekend!

I have been gathering more raffle prizes for my tea party this week. My lovely local butcher has donated a voucher, and my fantastic local greengrocers will be donating a fruit basket. I have found that it really is ok to ask local businesses to support your tea party by donating a prize for a raffle or even a service for your tea party. Quite often they are very happy to help.

Thank you for all of the suggestions I received for games and other fundraising ideas. Lots of fantastic creative ideas including 'guess the weight of the cake', 'a lucky dip' and even to have karaoke (my personal favourite!) Please do keep the suggestions coming. This is quite a special day for me today as it was exactly a year ago (May 4th 2012) that I won ITV 1's Lorraine Cake Club Competition. I think I will be celebrating with something fizzy whilst I soak up some rays...oh and there will of course be cake!