Host a Sensational Tea Party

Get your friends and family together to fill up on sweet treats, tea and laughter.

Enjoy the smell of fresh coffee, the squidge of soft brownies and the taste of second helpings – go on, it’s all for an amazing cause!

Whether you’re serving penny buns or millionaire shortbread, every donation enables us to do more.

“Organising my event was fabulous fun! I held a get together for friends and family at my local church hall and we had a smashing time with a band playing 1950s tunes and some great food.”

Chrissy

Ingredient list: what you need

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    One place to host.
    Stocked with teacups, plates and forks (if you’re feeling fancy). It could be an office, your home, community hall or, well, anywhere you like.

  • One fundraising pack.
    This jam-packed booklet has everything you need to make your party a sensation, from tastebud-tingling game ideas to fresh fundraising tips.

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    A generous guestlist.
    Why not invite someone new? It’s impossible not to be friends once you’ve shared a slice of lemon drizzle.  

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    Plenty of cake.
    And maybe some biscuits too…

“We had one day across our sites in the area that was all about tea, cake and supporting a fantastic cause! We held tea parties across six of our branches all around Liverpool with teams getting the chance find out more about how Sense make a difference for the families they work with whilst showing off their baking skills.”

Lloyds Bank – Liverpool Branches
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Your support means a lot to us

Excited to bake a change? We are too! By the end of your party, we want tea pots to be emptied and donation boxes (and guests) to be full to the brim.

Your Sensational Tea Party helps us provide new experiences and opportunities for joy and growth.

The contents of a Sensational Tea Party pack
What’s in your fundraising pack?

Here’s how your donations help

  • £45 could pay for a sensory bag containing a children’s story, with tactile objects to bring a magical story to life.

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    £135 could help pay for a family to share precious moments together on a Sense Family Day.

  • £500 could pay for a visit from a Sense specialist teacher for children who are deafblind. They’ll be able to provide a child with an observational assessment and give individualised advice and support.

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    £725 could provide our core package of support for a family and their child for one year.

Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to make someone else’s better.

“Our tea party was such a great day. It was brilliant to have the local community join us alongside different parts of the Sense family for games, cake and of course…tea!”

Maria Goodwin

Frequently asked questions

Got questions? We’ll be happy to help! Email our events team on [email protected] or call 020 3833 0602. Or check these common questions:

What shall I do to make my event a sensory success?

When you sign up, we’ll send you a fundraising pack full of mad and marvellous ideas to help you add that sensory twist. You’ll get tastebud-tingling recipes and game ideas, as well as the equipment you need to get your guests set up and ready to play.

We’ll also email you to keep you stocked up on competition ideas and tips for making the most of your party. Sign up now to get things started.

Do I have to make all the cakes for my tea party?

Of course not, it’s enough just to be a host! No one needs to compete for the title of star baker, so shop bought treats are more than okay.

If cakes aren’t your thing at all, why not try sophisticated sandwiches and other savoury treats?

How can I spread the word?

When you sign up, we’ll send you a fundraising pack which includes your very own promotional poster. All you need to do is add the when and the where. Then stick it up somewhere for your friends, colleagues and community to see.

Shout about it on social media too! This is a great way to let everyone know what’s coming.

Use the hashtag #SensationalTeaParty so that we can like, share and celebrate with you!

I have a personal connection with the work that Sense does, how can I share my story?

Thank you for raising money for a cause that means something to you, we’re delighted to have your support.

Telling guests about your connection with Sense is a great idea. Use social media to share your story or share your experience during the tea party – it would be great to swap stories with your guests.

We’d like to hear your story too. Reach out via [email protected] or tag us in your social media using #SensationalTeaParty.

Can I host more than one event?

Of course! We won’t stand in your way. You might want to throw one party at home with your friends, and then repeat the fun with your colleagues at work. If you want to share the responsibility of hosting, ask everyone to bring something along – you can’t have too much cake.

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How can I promote Sense at my event?

When you sign up, we’ll send you a fundraising pack that includes a promotional poster, donation box and sensory game set. All of these items will show your guests that your event is for Sense.

Want to pull out all of the stops? Our brand colours are purple and orange – can you get your party decorations to match?

You can also share our stories with your guests. An easy way to do this on the day would be to cut out pages from the fundraising booklet. Add these printed stories to your party table and encourage your guests to read about the work that Sense does.

How much money should I raise?

There’s no set amount – just do what you can. We’ve found that most tea parties raise around £150 each.

How do I send the money I raise to Sense?

Setting up a JustGiving page is the easiest way to send money to us. You can also send the money you’ve raised to us via our website. Make a one-off payment using this form.

Alternatively, you can call us on the phone: 0300 330 9257. Our friendly supporter services team will be able to take your payment by credit or debit card.