Saturday, November 17, 2012

Spring Garden Party 2012

On Sunday, 4 November, Pauline, Sue and I held our annual Garden Party in my back yard. This is the fourth year running we've held such an event and again we set about making it as much fun as possible while raising money for 3 charities. On the day we had great entertainment with Nicola and Mick singing and MC-ing, a fashion parade, shopping, lucky door prizes and tarot card reading.

On the shopping side of things we had "Fashions on the Go",  "Alfina's Cake and Coffee" with delicious baked treats and giftware, Madonna from Camp Mountain Soaps, Fairy Funwear by Leita with magical children's clothing, Natalie with Vera May Handbags and Zoe with amazing array of gorgeous candles from Party Lites. Zoe generously gave every guest a lovely scented tealight.
Many lovely ladies attending the party agreed to be models and participate in the fashion parade to display the wide range of beautifully fashionable clothes and accessories.

There was something for everyone as there were more clothes and accessories available to look at and try on than most of your leading fashion shops. To compliment the clothing, there was an exciting range of jewellery and handbags available.

Jeanette and her sister, two caring and gifted psychics with over 60 years experience between them, were kept busy with many ladies wanting a reading. For more information please click here

The hosts, Pauline, Sue and myself, baked sweets and slices and made savoury items for the "High Tea" included in the ticket price. These were served on a lovely tray that was a gift for all who attended and there was delicious brownies, caramel slice, pink velvet cupcakes, zucchini slice (made by my good friend Cindy), savoury parcels and more. Click HERE for the Brownie Recipe or HERE for the Zucchine Slice Recipe.
There were many lucky door prizes drawn throughout the day which were donated by the stallholders that attended, as well as the organisers of this event. Again thank you to everyone who contributed including Trudie Dodd Skin Therapy, Nicola Hairdressing and my artist friends. My wonderful father also helped out again, cleaning my house and garden leading up to the day. Thanks again Dad!
We placed coffee tables all over the backyard for our guests to enjoy a lovely spring afternoon. Sue made lovely floral table arrangements and decorated and the place looked magic.
My front yard once again turned into a carpark and thanks to John for taking on the "parking attendent" role and fitting all the cars in. The kids all played a big role in greeting people and organising the raffle tickets and assisting where ever possible.

Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket and came and participated on the day, it wouldn't have been a success without all of you. $2333 was raised this year and we asked everyone to vote on which 3 charities we would direct this to. The top 3 this year are White RibbonHope House and the Clown Doctors who will each receive a third of the money raised.

It was a fantastic day, everyone's positive feedback and encouragement was most welcome!