How clothes stalls and spray tans made my tea party one to remember

Another year, another incredible Blooming Great Tea Party for our Tea Party Queen, Suzy Pelta. On 24 June she held her fourth annual tea party event at her home, and it was even bigger and better than last year.

Suzy's official Blooming Great Tea Party cake (Credit to Gander Photography)

I decorated my house with the bunting and balloons that were in the pack that Marie Curie had sent me. I put up the poster explaining exactly where your money goes when you donate and placed the donation box on the cake table.

This year we had even more cakes as I had asked a few more friends to bake too. I made my official Blooming Great Tea Party cake, White Chocolate & Lemon Drizzle Bundt.

People began arriving from 10am and after paying their £5 entry, they were encouraged to buy raffle tickets, drink tea, eat cake and do a spot of shopping, as I had three local businesses with stalls set up in my living room!

Tea party guests enjoy the fashion and beauty stalls (Credit to Gander Photography)

Chatting with Marie Curie Nurse Sally

Over 60 people came and thankfully the weather was beautiful. We were able to sit in the garden, have a good old chat and try lots of delicious bakes. I was especially delighted to have Marie Curie Nurse Sally Monger-Godfrey attend.

I met Sally at Mel Giedroyc’s tea party a short while ago, and I found her so inspiring. It was an honour to have Sally there and to hopefully show her how valued she and her colleagues are.

Marie Curie Nurse Sally is welcomed to the party by Suzy (Credit to Gander Photography)

Half an hour before the end of the party I gave a short speech thanking everyone for attending, and we drew the raffle. Thanks to the incredible generosity of so many people and local businesses, I had 30 prizes to give away.

Before everyone left, I encouraged people to take a foil box and fill it up with cake to take home, in return for a donation to Marie Curie. Most guests left with boxes piled high but thankfully I was still left with enough cake to keep me and my family happy.

Totting up the final total

Once everyone had gone, it was time to count the money. There is still a little money to come in, but I am delighted that so far my Blooming Great Tea Party has raised £1,165. I am beyond thrilled to have raised so much money, to have beaten last year’s total and to have had such a fantastic time doing it.

You can pop over to my blog at Suzy Pelta Bakes   to see some pictures from the day. If you're a fellow tea party host and you've already held your event, the most important thing now is not to forget to bank the money you've rasied.

A big thank you for following my tea party plans this time around, and see you next year!