What a difference a day makes

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

Well I've been inundated with emails, texts and phone calls from friends to say how much they enjoyed my Blooming Great Tea Party! A good time truly was had by all.

I am immensely grateful to those who attended and also to all those who donated money, even though they couldn't attend. My tea party raised a grand total of £560!

I more than doubled my target of £250 and I am thrilled!

Did you know that:

  • £20 pays for a Marie Curie Nurse to look after someone with terminal illness for one hour, in the comfort of their own home.

  • £130 pays for someone with a terminal illness to attend day therapy at a Marie Curie Hospice, benefitting from gentle exercise, an art class and more.

  • £180 pays for a Marie Curie Nurse to look after someone with terminal illness for a full nine-hour shift, in the comfort of their own home.

  • £435 pays for someone with a terminal illness to stay in a Marie Curie Hospice for 24 hours, so they can receive the hands-on care they need in their final days.

Did you also know that with Gift Aid, Marie Curie gets an extra 25p on every £1 raised? I have now sent off my banking form along with the Gift Aid guest list. I wanted to send it off early so I can be entered into Marie Curie's Early Bird Competition – bank £500 before 31 July to be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win £100 of John Lewis vouchers!

It really was a very special experience hosting my Blooming Great Tea Party and if you are thinking about hosting one, my advice is, do it! You can raise money for an incredibly worthwhile cause while eating cake and socialising with your friends!

Registration is open until 31 July, so it’s not too late to host your very own Blooming Great Tea Party.

Register to host a tea party today

Orange and Ginger Snaps

Ginger snaps with a twistA recipe for ginger snaps with a twist.


110g unsalted butter
100g golden syrup
350g self raising flour
175g golden caster sugar
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2 tablespoons fresh ginger paste
1 egg (cold)
1 orange (grated rind only)
100g dark chocolate


1. Melt the butter and golden syrup together in a saucepan, over a medium heat.

2. Once melted, leave it to one side to cool.

3. In a large mixing bowl, measure in the flour, sugar, bicarbonate of soda and fresh ginger paste.

4. Grate the orange rind into the mixing bowl.

5. Pour the butter syrup over the ingredients in the mixing bowl and mix.

6. Beat the egg and add it to the mixing bowl.

7. Mix together the ingredients with your hands until you have a dough.

8. Roll the dough into a log, cover in cling film and put in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

9. 10 minutes before the dough is due out of the fridge, preheat your oven to 160 degrees.

10. Remove the dough from the fridge, roll into balls and place them well apart on a baking tray lined with baking parchment.

11. Bake in your oven for 15-18 minutes until golden brown. Transfer immediately to a wire rack to harden.

12. Once cool, melt the dark chocolate and drizzle over the top of the biscuits.