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Throw a Chari-Tea Party

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Throw a Chari-Tea Party

One way to raise awareness (and funds or goods) for your favorite cause is by throwing a flair-filled fete. Who doesn’t love parties? In my first book I touched on this concept and even created a downloadable tool kit to assist readers in bringing this idea to reality. Many good things start small and gain momentum through grassroots efforts. Good old-fashioned tea parties combined with activism can be a powerful and fun tool for change. A ChariTea soiree helps build community and is a great networking experience. Invite five to fifteen people and ask each to bring like-minded friends: Perfect for getting your name out there as the do-gooding “hostess with the mostess.”

Here’s the skinny: Hosting the soiree in your home allows you to create the complete vibe. If that isn’t possible, look around for a cozy local café that has the same ambiance you want to create. Following is the time line for pulling this off seamlessly and tranquilly.

TIMELINE

Four Weeks Before

  • Determine charity to highlight, and request promotional materials.
  • Send invites to your fave gal pals and encourage them to bring two to three friends.
  • Invite a guest speaker from the charity.

One Week Before

  • Send reminder and directions.
  • Buy dry goods: drinks, treats, and candles, plus assorted teacups, saucers, and cloth cocktail napkins from your local thrift store.
  • Purchase goodie bags and their contents: a box of organic fair trade tea, organic fair trade chocolate, scented tea lights, bath treats, promotional materials from charity, tissue paper.

One or Two Days Before

  • Buy fresh food.
  • Create a playlist to set the mood (suggested: Madeleine Peyroux or John Coltrane).
  • Buy flowers.
  • Put together goodie bags.
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Kimberly Wilson

Kimberly Wilson is a yogini, writer, entrepreneur, and eco-fashion designer currently obsessed with Paris, potbelly pigs, and all things sparkly. She is the Creative Director and Founder of Tranquil Space – named among the top 25 yoga studios in the world by Travel + Leisure, penned Hip Tranquil Chick and Tranquilista, and holds a Master’s in Women's Studies. Indulge in musings on tranquilology through her blog and podcast, Tranquility du Jour. Learn more at kimberlywilson.com.

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9:09AM PDT on Nov 4, 2011

Any excuse for tea and cake! I'm with Alison on this one - tea needs much hotter water than coffee.

7:27PM PDT on Oct 11, 2010

I am thinking about doing this for a birthday party...except I won't have a guest speaker...great idea!

5:23PM PDT on Jul 7, 2010

It seems strange being given instructions for brewing tea! I am English, if I didn't know how to do it properly, I must have had my head in the sand.

I disagree with 'just-boiling point', water must be fully boiled, otherwise the tea doesn't brew properly.

And where is the milk?

1:58PM PDT on Jul 7, 2010

That's great! Thanks

10:12AM PDT on Jul 5, 2010

What a fantastic idea!

5:36PM PDT on Jul 3, 2010

Thank you, what a great idea

11:29AM PDT on Jul 3, 2010

I will give it a try, thanks

12:29AM PDT on Jul 2, 2010

oh let have tea with the queen

5:52PM PDT on Jun 29, 2010

That was great. Thank you.

7:15PM PDT on Jun 27, 2010

I was just at a local fundraiser (pancake breakfast). I think that a tea party would probably be effective too.

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