In my April Highlights I mentioned the surprise tea party that I helped to organise for Mike's parents, Helen and Chris, and I thought I'd share a bit more about how we got on.
After just a few short weeks of planning and Skype chats with the brothers, Dan and Nigel, the day finally arrived. The occasion was a double birthday and the boys had worked really hard to organise the venue and contact the 40 or so guests.
We hired the church hall and it wasn't too difficult to convince the guests of honour to meet us there for afternoon tea. They had no idea it was tea just for them.
We spent the morning setting up and decorating the hall with fabulous bunting and the tables looked beautiful once set with mismatched crockery.
|Beautiful bunting - Spring flowers - Tables ready for the guests|
Dan made a brilliant slide show of photos stolen from his parents albums!
|Christopher in 1951 - Helen and Chris's wedding day (obviously) 1978 - Stuffing their trolley after winning a free shopping trip in 1983 - On holiday in Austria 2011|
On cakes, I made my favourite pineapple upside cake, some vegan florentines and a couple of Victoria sponge cakes. There was also the tea loaf which was like a brick and really tough to cut but still tasty. Shona made shortbread biscuits and an amazing classic Victoria sponge, while Dan and Iona made and decorated the Humpty Dumpty cake in celebration of Helen and Chris's involvement in the panto group.
|Cake stands ready to go - Pineapple upside down cake - Shona's Victoria sponge - Grumpy Humpty Dumpty cake|
The afternoon went really well and while there was the odd panic in the morning when we couldn't find any tea spoons or the correct lead for the projector we got there in the end.
|Tea party infull swing - Group photo!|
It was a great team effort, six of us in all (the three boys and the girlfriends) not to mention the friends who passed on invites and kept the whole thing a secret. Huge thanks to Maria who helped us out with tablecloths and extra tea bags when we ran out and to the generosity of some lovely friends who loaned teapots, cake stands, reams of bunting and a projector. Finally thanks to all the wonderful guests without whom we would have looked a bit silly.