Host a Kids Afternoon Tea Party with The National Literacy Trust

Here’s an idea for something to do with the kids over half term – why not host a kids afternoon tea party while also raising money for The National Literacy Trust? What child will say no to cake plus books?

The National Literacy Trust and Boots Opticians have joined forces to help improve the literacy skills of disadvantaged children and you can get involved by holding your own kids afternoon tea party with their campaign called Tales and Teapots.

The fundraising initiative launched last year and hundreds of people across the UK got involved by hosting their own parties. We love the idea of getting friends, family and/or colleagues to come together and share books they’ve enjoyed over a slice of cake, knowing that you’re also raising money to support the National Literacy Trust’s work in the UK.

This year Tales and Teapots is being supported by author and Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain, who has provided an exclusive recipe for party hosts and is encouraging baking and book fans across the country to get involved. Nadiya said:  

“Hold a Tales and Teapots party and celebrate two of my favourite things – books and baking!  The funds you raise will go to an incredibly worthwhile cause – the National Literacy Trust’s work to give disadvantaged children books and a path to a successful future. I love sharing stories with my children and I hope there will be many parties across the UK to ensure that all children have the opportunity to enjoy reading and the world of stories too.”

Tea party hosts can register for a free party pack, which contains posters, invitations, balloons and decorations at Recipes and other useful resources will also be available on the website.

If you have a Boots’ Opticians close by, pop in to one of their 600 practices on June 2 2017 and join in their Tales and Teapots party. Everyone who hosts a party and sends in their donations before 30 June 2017 will have the chance to win exciting prizes, including a fantastic box of books from Walker Books.

The money raised at Tales and Teapots parties across the country will give children and young people books to keep and empower them with the literacy skills they need to improve their employability and reach their full potential.

To sign up for your free party pack, visit