Searching for some Afternoon Tea tips and ideas? Look no further! Here is our A-Z of everything Afternoon Tea.

Angela’s anagrams

The lovely Angela has shared some anagrams she created for her Afternoon Tea last year. Can you guess what ‘A Fire Tuck’ is? Check out the game sheet to find out.

Brilliant bingo

Get the dabbers ready for a fun game of bingo! We have created an Afternoon Tea-themed bingo sheet that you can play with your friends, family and colleagues. So, start learning some bingo lingo, our favourite is number three: cup of tea.

Chai this at home

There are some scrumptious recipes that you can 'chai' at home. Old favourites are always a big hit, who doesn’t love some scones with cream and jam? No matter if you bake it or fake it, think in advance about what you want on your menu!


We have everything you need to make your event a smashing success, so take a peek at the downloads page. You’ll find posters to promote your event, exclusive games to play at your tea and delightful decorations.

Event date

Set a date for the big day and let your guests know, so they can start to get excited for your Afternoon Tea.

Once you’ve decided on a date, pop the tea-loving team an email at so we can wish you the best of luck.

Fantastic fundraising kit

The first step to taking part is signing up for Afternoon Tea, just fill out this quick and easy form – we’ll then send you out one of our fantastic fundraising kits, filled with everything you need to take part.

Gift Aid

Gift Aid is a super easy way to maximise your fundraising. Eligible guests can choose to Gift Aid their donation, without having to add a penny more from their own pocket!

Keep your Gift Aid form with your donation box and remember to encourage everyone who is a UK income tax payer who donates at your Afternoon Tea to tick the Gift Aid column on your Gift Aid form. For every £1 donated, Breast Cancer Now will reclaim 25p of tax – how amazing is that!

To find out more about Gift Aid, visit the HMRC website.

Hosts know best

One of the great things about taking part in Afternoon Tea is that you are joining thousands of new and experienced hosts. Our Facebook group is full of friendly faces for you to join, ask questions, get some handy tips and see stories of success. 


We have some lovely invitations that you can use to invite guests to your Afternoon Tea. Once sent, there will be a real buzz and excitement about your event as everyone will be looking forward to the day.

You can find them in your fundraising kit and you can print more by heading to our downloads page

Jam or cream first?

There are many long-standing Afternoon Tea debates, such as: is it cream first or jam? What’s the correct way to pronounce scone? Are sandwiches cut in rectangles or fingers? And the list could go on…

Have a bit of fun with it and make it into a fundraising poll by suggesting everyone makes a donation of £2 (no donation necessary) to vote.


A handy time-saving tip is to borrow a second kettle, so you can make more cups of tea at once!

Looks aren't everything 

Worried that your bakes might not turn out looking recipe perfect? Don’t worry about it! As long as there are no soggy bottoms, you’ll be fine.

More materials needed?

We have lots of amazing materials to help make your Afternoon Tea a smashing success! You can take a look at the downloads section to print bits at home or order materials to be posted to you.

Need a helping hand?

The tea-loving team is always here if you need a helping hand! If you have any questions, need advice or just want to talk about you event, you can get in touch by emailing or calling 0333 20 70 300.

Online giving pages

Make donating as easy as one click!

JustGiving has proven to be hugely successful at Afternoon Tea events and can even give people who can’t attend your tea an opportunity to donate.

It’s quick and easy to set up a page, simple for guests to donate and the money comes straight to Breast Cancer Now. We’ve made a handy step-by-step guide on how to create and use your page, so do take a look for lots of tips.

Plan ahead

Before the big day, make sure you plan ahead on what games you want to play and how you want to raise funds – so when the day comes you can sit back and enjoy the event!


It’s time to put on your quiz master’s hat on and get quizzical! We’ve put together an entertaining Afternoon Tea-themed quiz which we think your guests will love.


Having a raffle at your Afternoon Tea is a great way to raise some extra pennies! We’ve made getting raffle prizes super simple by putting a letter in your kit to show local businesses when asking for prizes.

Shout about your fundraising

By hosting an Afternoon Tea, you’re doing something amazing – so shout about it! Post about your fundraising on social media to promote your event and you can even share a link to your JustGiving page.

You can also get in touch with local press to cover your fantastic fundraising, we have a press pack to help you do this.


We have a super fun pin the lid to the teapot game for you to play at your event, we suggest that players make a donation of £2 to play (if they can’t, that’s okay too). But everyone has to promise not to peek when pinning the lid to the teapot!

Unforgettable memories

You’ll be making wonderful memories at your Afternoon Tea, but don’t forget to take some photos at your tea so you have some lovely memories to look back at.

We’d also love to see them! You can email them to us at or share them on social media using #AfternoonTea2022 and tagging us.

Victoria sponge cake of dreams  

We have the tastiest Victoria sponge cake recipe in our recipe book, it’s the perfect bake for any Afternoon Tea and is always a crowd pleaser.


We all know that the British weather isn’t very dependable, but don’t fear! You can talk to us or other hosts in the Afternoon Tea Facebook group about their plans, so you feel prepared no matter the weather.


Give your Afternoon Tea the X-Factor appeal! Pick a few friends to be judges and have a baking competition, awards could include; tastiest bake, most technical and best decorated.

You can then ask guests to make a donation to taste test all the scrumptious baked goods. 

You’re doing something amazing

By holding an Afternoon Tea this summer, you’ll be raising the money we urgently need to drive forward our world-class research and provide life-changing support. It will make a huge difference and we can’t thank you enough.

Zelma’s Clotted Cream

Fundraiser Zelma has shared her clotted cream recipe in the Afternoon Tea recipe book, it’s the perfect accompaniment for a scone and some jam. But should you put the cream on first or jam? Zelma is team jam!


Don’t forget the Afternoon Tea team is always here if you need us, you can pop us an email at or call us on 0333 20 70 300.

Georgie & Ailish

Your Afternoon Tea Team


Remember, as well as the fundraising kit we'll send you, you can also order extra bits for your Afternoon Tea this August. 

Order extra items