SMILE Train UK’s favourite annual fundraiser, the Big Smile Tea Party, is finally here – and you are all invited to take part!
Running throughout April, the Big Smile Tea Party encourages friends, families, colleagues, and students to come together over a tea party whilst raising vital funds for children with clefts.
The money raised will go towards helping Smile Train to continue empowering local medical professionals in 90+ countries with the training, funding, and resources they need to provide free cleft surgery and other forms of essential care to children in their own communities.
Whether you choose to ‘par-tea’ at home, schedule a tea break with colleagues over Zoom, or FaceTime relatives from afar for an afternoon tea, Smile Train is encouraging everybody to boil the kettle, enjoy a slice of their favourite cake, and have a ‘good old natter’ with the people they love, whilst donating some spare change to Smile Train if they can.
And to make this year’s Big Smile Tea Party even more special, this year marks Smile Train UK’s 15th birthday – so there is even more reason to tuck into a slice of cake and celebrate.
To help you with your Big Smile Tea Party planning, whilst also celebrating the charity’s 15th birthday milestone, Smile Train UK has listed some of the UK’s most popular British tea-time treats which you can enjoy with your loved ones:
- Bakewell Tart – A Bakewell tart is a tasty British tea-time treat, made from shortcrust pastry, jam, frangipane, and a shiny red cherry on top. If you want to be creative, use an edible pen to draw a smiley face on the red cherries to make your tea party guests smile too.
- Lemon Drizzle Cake – This refreshing lemon cake is a British classic, typically made using fresh lemon, sugar icing, and lemon drizzle on top – perfect for giving your tea party a little ‘zest’!
- Jam Tarts – The humble jam tart is delicious to eat and easy to make! Using shortcrust pastry, sugar icing, and a dollop of your favourite jam, it goes perfectly with a cup of English breakfast tea (or two).
- Fairy Cakes – Fairy cakes are light, tasty, and popular with all age groups. Why not get your hands on some sprinkles, chocolate chips, and edible glitter, and challenge your guests to use these to design a ‘smile-themed’ fairy cake? The happiest and most colourful wins!
- Victoria Sponge – Named after Queen Victoria – who was rumoured to enjoy a slice of this classic sponge with her tea – the Victoria Sponge is a must-have for anyone looking to give their Big Smile Tea party a tasty British twist.
- Carrot Cake – If you’re looking to impress your tea party guests, then perhaps you should consider a carrot cake. Commonly flavoured with cinnamon and orange zest, this fragrant cake will steal the show with its delicious cream cheese icing.
- Banana Bread – Recently voted the most popular bake in lockdown, this simple loaf-shaped cake is perfect if you have a few spare bananas lying around in your fruit bowl. Pop it in the oven for 25 minutes, and then tuck in while it’s still warm!
- Scones – When it comes to tea parties, there’s nothing more classic than an English scone. Often accompanied by finger sandwiches and miniature cakes on a cake stand, you can enjoy them with butter, clotted cream, and your favourite flavoured jam.
- Shortbread Biscuits – Hailing from Scotland, crumbly shortbread biscuits are the perfect tea party accompaniment and taste delicious dunked in tea. With only three ingredients needed, they are easy to make – and even easier to eat.
- Gingerbread Men – If you’re looking for an activity to keep everyone entertained at your Big Smile Tea Party, why not ask your guests to decorate their own delicious gingerbread man using some edible ingredients? Don’t forget to add some gumdrop buttons!
- Iced Buns – For the more experienced bakers, why not have a go at baking some iced buns to serve at your tea party? Using a similar method to bread, these baked goods will need to be proved and then left to rise before going into the oven. Don’t forget to decorate them with sparkles and sprinkles once they are finally out.
- Coffee and Walnut Cake – Are you nuts about nuts? If yes, then a coffee and walnut cake could be the perfect tea-time treat for you. Much like a Victoria Sponge, this cake has a light, fluffy sponge layers but with some added coffee and walnut to give it a strong and tasty twist.
- Chocolate Chip Cookies – Gooey chocolate chip cookies are very simple to make and are popular with both children and adults alike. You can enjoy them with a warm cup of tea, a glass of chilled glass of milk, or simply on their own.
- Flapjacks – If you prefer your tea-time teats to have a little more crunch, try making some oaty flapjacks. Pop some oats, butter, light brown sugar, and golden syrup into a traybake, cook them for 15 minutes, cut them into squares.
- Chocolate cornflake cakes – If there’s a box of cornflakes hiding in the corner of the cupboard, why not use these to make some cornflake cakes? Simply mix them with melted chocolate in a bowl, pop them into some cupcake cases, and chill them in the fridge for an hour until they look ready to eat.
If you are interested in joining Smile Train UK for the Big Smile Tea Party, complimentary fundraising kits are available to order at: smiletrain.org.uk/bigsmileteaparty.
The kits contain all the essentials you need for a successful tea party, including Smile Train posters, balloons, stickers, and a collection box!