Suzy's tips for promoting your tea party...and a delectable cookie recipe

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

So I've now got my fundraising pack for my Blooming Great Tea Party and I have been using the three step planning guide - the three Ps - Plan, Pour & Pile on the £££s!

In terms of planning, I have picked a date in early June and I am keeping everything crossed for a nice sunny day so we can drink tea and eat cake in my garden. (If the weather is typically British, then I will be holding the tea party in my kitchen.) My tea party will be at 10am in the morning, so my mummy friends can drop their kids off at school/nursery and then come on to me. Yes, I know that 10am is not traditionally tea time, but the great thing about holding a Blooming Great Tea Party is that you can set up a time and venue that works for you and your friends! For me, having my tea party whilst the kiddies are at school works perfectly (and I do promise them that if there is any leftover cake, they can have some when they get home!) I have started to tell my friends and family to save the date and I plan on setting up an event page through Facebook as this is a great way to spread the word.

So far the response has been amazing and everyone has been so supportive. Many have also signed up to host their own Blooming Great Tea Party - have you? Don't delay as it is so easy to do - just click here to register! Recipes are being chosen, fundraising ideas are being listed and my fundraising target of £250 has been set! I think this is a realistic amount to raise, and I will do everything I can to make sure I reach, or even smash it! Talking of fundraising, you can set up a JustGiving page and promote your tea party through your Twitter, Facebook and Google+! That way people can donate money even if they are unable to come and you can also collect gift aid for your online donations. I am going to set up my own JustGiving page too! Right, I must dash, I have a pile of recipe books to go through and post-it! So many lovely cakes to choose between....I might just make them all!

Citrus Crackle Cookies

Here’s a lovely recipe for you to make to help you enjoy the weekend’s sunshine (finger’s crossed!): 1 lemon (juice and rind) 2 limes (juice from both, rind from 1) 220g caster sugar 1 egg (beaten) 125g butter (melted) Pinch of salt 1 tsp bicarb 350g self-raising flour Granulated sugar Method for citrus crackle cookies: 1. Combine the lemon and lime juice and rind in a bowl. 2. Mix in the sugar. 3. Mix in the melted butter. (I melt my butter in the microwave for approx 20 seconds.) 4. Mix in the egg, and the pinch of salt. 5. Finally add in the bicarb and flour in 3 batches – mixing well after each addition. 6. You should end up with a sticky dough. 7. Cover your bowl with clingfilm and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. 8. 15 minutes before you remove the bowl from the fridge, preheat the oven to 160 degrees. 9. Line a baking tray with baking parchment and cover a plate with granulated sugar. 10. Remove the dough from the fridge. 11. Using your hands, carefully shape the dough into balls and roll them in the granulated sugar before putting them on the baking tray. Slightly flatten the balls – not too much though and be aware that they will spread a lot! 12. Arrange the cookies on the tray in batches of 9 and put the remaining dough back in the fridge when it’s not being used. You can make approximately 25-30 cookies (I made 26 last time!) 13. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, until the edges are light golden brown. 14. Once you have removed the cookies from the oven, transfer them immediately to a wire rack to cool. Note: These cookies are delicious when freshly baked – crunchy on the outside and soft and citrusy in the middle. The next day they are still yummy, but they lose their crunch. So, where possible, try to finish all of these cookies on the day they are made!!!