Dotty’s Teahouse turned back time in Carshalton on Saturday 20th May with a 1940s-themed party to celebrate its successful first year. Landgirl dungarees and knotted head scarves, military uniforms, rolled hair and wartime music were the order of the day as we shared this special anniversary with our customers, friends and family.
A highlight of the day was the toe-tapping performance from 1940s harmony duo, Victory Vs, which sent our vintage tea cups and saucers rattling! They’re music, all from a bygone era definitely had us all on our feet and with the help of our Manager Lesley we were soon jiving the afternoon away.
Our Birthday is in full swing!
Posted by Dotty's Teahouse on Saturday, 20 May 2017
We really wanted to use the day as way to say thank you to all of our lovely customers and for helping us settle into Carshalton during our first year. We pulled out all the stops and had a vast array of cakes on offer including Victoria sponge, heavenly chocolate cake, Jenny’s bread pudding, raspberry cupcakes, fresh ginger cake and our legendary cherry bakewell cake which needless to say, did not stay on the counter for long!
Although it was a warm day our nostalgic cheese on toasts and freshly made sandwiches which were pouring out of the kitchen at lightning speed and our speciality milkshake named ‘the Rhythm serenade’ went down a treat too. The event also marked the 100th birthday of national treasure, Dame Vera Lynn, and Dotty’s staff and customers used the occasion to raise money for the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity, which is dedicated to supporting families with children under five years old with cerebral palsy and motor-learning difficulties.
Having collaborated with local cake designer, Jeannette of Jeannette’s Great Cakes we were able to design a bespoke birthday cake which comprised of two tiers and a balancing pink polkadot teapot on top! The floral tea was cascading down the side of the cake into a teacup and saucer and we completed the cake with a small framed picture of Dame Vera Lynn. The cake proved a huge hit with lots of people buying raffle tickets and we managed to raise £200 for this very worthy children’s’ charity. We were so pleased with how the day went that by the end of it we were all totally exhausted. When the last customer had left and the door was closed we popped open the champagne and raised a toast….here’s’ to another great year we hope!
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