11 October 2012 – There is such a wonderful life-affirming energy that comes about when one’s passions marry with a cause that is close to the heart. Last weekend, niQi Living Luxe co-ordinated a high tea as part of the Host A Cuppa campaign; a nationwide drive by Le Creuset and CANSA to raise awareness and funding for cancer support.
Each of the guests contributed a donation to benefit CANSA and their work, and the phenomenal generosity of these ladies helped raise R10 000!
niQi put together a tableau that represented her theme for the afternoon; Surrounded By Inspiration. Instead of a traditional centrepiece, niQi envisioned something more conversational. Working with Pollen Living Art, she conceptualised a floral arrangement that symbolised a bridge; the concept being that one could cross a bridge to overcome whatever challenges might be placed in ones path. Inspirational messages and quotes hung from the flowers, offering food for thought and encouraging guests to consider their own inspirations and aspirations.
The afternoon’s palette was based on pink (an homage to the CANSA and Le Creuset campaign colours) with accents of beautiful coffee tones and soft greens to complement the flowers and tales runners. The guests were asked to dress in light summery colours where they could.
The tea-time menu featured traditional High Tea fare, with a cheese board and a very special french posh-nosh; calissons, as special highlights.
Tea, however, was still the main attraction and for favours, each guest took home a box with gourmet tea packs and a teapot-shaped sugar cookie sporting a pink ribbon to remind them of the cause they supported. Read more…
Our Cuppa For CANSA was borne out of an idea that my youngest daughter had regarding her birthday celebration. Instead of a party for her, we should host a party for all those that have been affected by cancer and especially in fond memory of my parents who both died of cancer, the grandparents she never knew and her Aunt, a survivor of cancer, who lives in Australia.
As a family, we have been blessed with being creative, each in our own way. So, we set about to make, bake and create a “rainbow tea”. We chose the theme based on the ribbons worn to embrace all types of cancers. We only pinned the colour lavender on our guests, as this would represent any cancer that had touched all our family and friends. We moved inside outside to have the tea in the garden.
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Our long kitchen table was a focal point in the middle of the lawn, adorned with flowers in a multitude of colours from the garden. The TV lounge couches were used as extra seating in the shade. We baked and iced in rainbow colours and the cakes were interspersed with glass bowls of brightly coloured sweets for fun. Not just the young folk enjoyed these!
Family and friends ranging in ages from 10 to 82 came and we all had a cuppa or two, chatting, catching up and just relaxing in the garden on a cool, wonderful Cape Town afternoon. Memories were made by taking photos with a backdrop of our handmade rainbow. Generous donations were put in our old family coffee pot. Many people acknowledged the need to stop and remember our loved ones or those being affected by cancer and support organizations like CANSA for the great work they do.