I’m a party girl and any excuse to socialise is just fine with me. When I saw the Macmillan coffee morning post pop up on my Facebook timeline I automatically clicked the link to find out more. And from there it was a couple of minutes before I had filled in my details to receive my coffee morning pack.
All this was done leaning against my 5 year old daughter Lottie’s bed whilst she told me what she wanted to wear to school that morning. (No you cannot wear a Flamenco dress with bunny ears and an Ailsa cloak).
By the time I had got downstairs to get breakfast ready I had realised that the coffee morning had already grown too big to host in my kitchen. I sent a text to Chris at The Pineapple Pub in Kentish Town asking if I could use their upstairs room. I often use it for my fascinator making workshops so knew it would be the perfect venue.
There followed a couple of weeks of begging and bribing for raffle prizes and between myself and my “school Mum friend” Emma we manage to aquire a lot of very nice prizes. Oskar Pink gave a voucher for a cut and Blow Dry, The Beauty Box gave a voucher for a manicure, my hand bag designer friend Tamara gave one of her beautiful hand bags, my lovely friend Vicky got her husband Keir Starmer to sign a House of Commons bottle of wine, we had all sorts of restaurant vouchers from Rosella’s, Leons, Nandos, Ruby Violet Ice Creams and the list goes on. At one point I was slightly worried that we might have more prizes than attendees.
The night before the event myself and Emma decorated the room with Glam Hatters’ candy striped table cloths, vintage tea cups and saucers and towering vintage cake stands. We put out the different types of teas and laid the tables with flowers in jam jars that my friend Mary had arranged. And of course Glam Hatters’ pink ditsy print bunting (no Glam Hatters’ party is complete without it!)
It’s always slightly nerve racking when you host a party, I wasn’t sure if anyone would come. We had set out all the tables with about 30 tea cups and saucers. I just hoped we would have at least 5 people so that we could raise some cash for the fantastic Macmillan charity. Needless to say we have all been affected in one way or another by cancer and it would be nice to be able to give something.
Myself and Tilly (my 2 and a half year old) arrived nice and early and laid out the cakes we had made. It wasn’t long before a couple of people arrived and brought more cakes and started to enjoy a cup of tea and the 1920’s music playing in the background. And from there the whole thing is a bit of a blur.
Over 50 people turned up, I had friends running up and down to the bar washing tea cups, another friend running out for extra milk, Emma was a raffle ticket selling whirlwind, I furiously poured tea, sold cakes, chatted to people I had never met before and did the whole thing with Tilly on my hip who was totally wigged out by all the people!
Two hours in and we counted the money and called out the raffle ticket winners. We made £520 for The Macmillan Cancer Charity. We asked people to bring cakes and buy cakes. And we told them to, “Take what you want and pay what you want!” One of my friends paid £20 for 2 cup cakes!
I want to say a huge thank you to Emma and her husband for donating so much of their time, enthusiasm and cake, and for coralling the troops and the prizes, you made the morning awesome. xxx
I’ll be doing it again next year and I’ll be getting all my Glam Hatter Girls involved for an even bigger Vintage-Inspired Macmillan Tea Morning. I hope to see you there!
I’ll leave you with one last image of my baby girl who managed to find the Macmillan stickers!
With Love, Glam Hatter Girl. xxx
R.I.P. Aunty Pat and Aunty Jean. We miss you always. xxx
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